St Augustine in good form

2019-01-29 06:00
The St Augustine’s Team, from left: Joel Andrews, Nick van Schalkwyk, Yaaseen Moos, Jordan Nel, Tawfiq Botha, Matthew Jacobs and Salvador Nel at the back.

The St Augustine’s Team, from left: Joel Andrews, Nick van Schalkwyk, Yaaseen Moos, Jordan Nel, Tawfiq Botha, Matthew Jacobs and Salvador Nel at the back.

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Elfindale-based St Augustine Cricket Club “Saints” had a fresh start with their first win in the Blue Bells annual Super Strikers Tournament, held at Wynberg Boys’ High School, on Sunday 13 January.

The u.15 team beat the Hub Cricket Club with 65 runs to 62 in the final after winning all five of their matches in this one-day tournament.

The players attributed their achievement to commitment, good preparation and obedience as they followed their coach’s advice throughout the game.

Saints had been preparing for the tournament since November last year, and the win has given them hope for a better year as they seek to win their upcoming matches. Jordan Nel, the captain, says it is through their good performance that they will be able to represent their schools at a higher level.

“We trained quite a bit and had club games during November and December. If we keep working hard and focus on cricket, we can achieve the same results and be able to represent our schools and club to the best of our abilities.”

Another player, Yaaseen Moos, thanked his teammates for a job well done and said although they cannot win every game he knows they can keep improving.

Players come from different schools in the southern suburbs. The other members who made the sixes team were Matthew Jacobs, Joel Andrews, Nicholas van Schalkwyk and Tawfiq Bothat.

Coach Salvador Nel added that their performance “was extremely pleasing as it was challenging”.

“Competing in a one-day tournament comes with its own pressures. As for the final, it was a gripping final played by two high-quality teams. The Hub immediately put us under pressure with overall Player of the Tournament starting the run chase with a six and a four. But our boys held their nerve.”

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