Kearsney first team give good account, but Old Cricks win the day

2014-11-27 00:00

KEARSNEY College’s first cricket team rounded off their year with the annual T20 match against the Old Cricks at the school last Friday.

It’s a traditional fixture with the Old Cricks made up of past pupils and first team players, some who have progressed to provincial level.

While the usual misty ­conditions found at the top of Botha’s Hill greeted the fixture, it wasn’t enough to deter the players who were keen to have a hit, throw and run.

The Cricks had first dig and managed a testing 200 in their 20 overs, captain Benji Hector leading the way with 81. Hector was the school’s first team captain in 1997 and he captained the Natal Schools’ side the same year before playing at provincial level. He showed he had lost none of his touch with bat in hand, keeping the schoolboys working in the field as he used only 45 balls for his runs.

In reply, the schoolboys gave a good account of themselves, trying hard to meet the 10 runs an over required but ultimately falling short as they were bowled out for 173 in a brave effort.

It gave the Cricks a 27-run win, with Hector again prominent as he held four catches.

Cricket won the day, even conquering the weather for once and while the Cricks enjoyed their win, the schoolboys will want to put one over the older statesmen next time round.

Old Cricks 200 (Hector 81)

Kearsney 173

Cricks won by 27 runs

Old Cricks Team: Ricardo Gouveia (2007) SA Schools, Benji Hector (Capt) (1997) Natal Schools Captain and Senior Provincial, Greg Fotheringham (2003) KZN Amateur, Durham 2nd XI, Sussex 2nd XI, Dave Agar (2008) KZN U19, Craig Kirsten (2012) SA Schools 2011 and 2012, SA U19 2013, 1st XI, Matt Needham (2003) 1st XI, Richard Pentecost (2010) KZN U19, Jason Lacon-Allin (2010) 1st XI, Kyle Connolly (2004) 1st XI, Dave Cameron (2003) 1st XI, Robert McGrath (2013) 1st XI, Jordan Gregory (2013) 1st XI.

Kearsney Team: Tristan Tedder KZN U17 Captain 2013, KZN Cubs 2012, James Tedder KZN U17, Ross Koekemoer KZN U15 2012, Keegan Foss KZN U19 2014, Keean Rencken, Matthew Carlson, James Stamatis, Liam Mac Court, Seb Pau, Jayme Crouch, Graham Hudson, Matt Watts, Francois van der Merwe, Luke Smith.

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