SOME mouth-watering cricket clashes are still on the way, but we have already seen some excellent performances by Nelson Mandela Bay schools.
The Bay cricketers showed what they can do in two huge tournaments played at the end of the school holidays.
Graeme College hosted the Makhanda Schools’ Cricket Festival, as part of its 150 year celebrations.
Wonderful talent was on display with 16 schools involved in the sporting festival.
Union High hosted its 16th annual tournament in Graaff-Reinet where 12 schools were in action.
Many matches were played in extreme heat at both tournaments, but that did not stop the players from producing their best.
One of the Gqeberha schools that performed really well in Graaff-Reinet was Framesby, who went through the week unbeaten.
Framesby started with a victory against Nico Malan (Humansdorp) of a massive 93 runs. Hanro van Jaarsveld (48) and Taine Douw (38*) batted very well, and the bowlers produced a team effort to secure the victory.
An outright result wasn’t possible against Stirling, but in the next match Framesby got the better of the hosts with a six-wicket victory over Union.
Logan Fleetwood was the star in this match, shining with both bat and ball.
In their last game Framesby beat Lilyfontein by 38 runs in a T20 match. Van Jaarsveld (46) did the job with the bat and Fleetwood took three wickets.
Victoria Park can also be very satisfied with victories over Stirling and Milnerton High. They lost in a close affair against Lilyfontein – 11 runs – and were beaten by Grey High with five wickets.
Russell Peterson (37) shone at bat in the victory over Stirling, and Olwakhe Goqoza (44) just couldn’t get his team over the line against Lilyfontein.
Daniel Pienaar (Kariega) won the opening T20 match by beating Union by 25 runs. This victory showed that DP cannot be underestimated in this format going forward.
Pearson had some mixed success at the Makhanda Festival. They were totally outclassed in the matches against St Andrews College and Selborne College, but they did start and end the tournament with excellent victories to show what they can do.
Brayden Andrews did outstanding work with the ball in both these matches.
Pearson beat Dale College in their first outing in a T20 match by six wickets. Andrews took 3/11 in four overs.
In the last match Cambridge was no match for Pearson. The batters found Andrews too hot to handle and Pearson won by eight wickets. Andrews took 5/24.
Just before the Makhanda Festival, Andrews also produced the goods with 5/25 when Pearson started their season on a high note with a good victory over Peterhouse of Zimbabwe by a margin of 46 runs.
Grey High not only showed their strength by beating Graeme College by seven wickets, but also did very well in the Grey Festival in Bloemfontein before that, winning two of their three matches.
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