KES thumped Noordheuwel and Jeppe beat Affies in Pretoria, writes THEO GARRUN.
King Edward continued their run of good form with a 265-run win over Noordheuwel on Saturday. KES batted first in a 50-over game and put up a mammoth 389-7. Two batsmen got 100s, with Bryce Parsons racking up his 11th for the school’s first team, although few of those could have been more impressive than his latest effort. Parsons finished on 120 off 87 balls with 12 fours and seven sixes, without giving a single chance.
He was well-supported by Jason Bracher, who fed him the strike and then got going on his own account once Parsons was gone, eventually ending on 107 off 96 balls, including nine fours and six sixes.
There was a stylish cameo by Heinrigh Pieterse, who made 36, and Kian Schwartz ended the innings with a four off the last ball, taking him to 52 not out.
Noordheuwel were never going to get near that target and they were bowled out for 124, with 10 overs still to go. Tiaan Britz got a half-century, but it was a lone effort. Spinner Crispin McKenzie did most of the damage, taking 4-16, with Parsons taking 2-31.
In other action at the weekend, Jeppe caused a bit of an upset by beating Affies in Pretoria. It was a low-scoring game – Affies were bowled out for 186, and Jeppe reached the target in the 48th of their 50 overs with eight wickets down.
Helpmekaar beat St Benedict’s by three runs in the most exciting finish of the day. They needed 10 runs off the last over of a game reduced to 35 overs a side after a late start due to a wet pitch. They ended up three short, losing their ninth wicket off the final ball.
King Edward 389-7 (Jason Bracher 107, Bryce Parsons 120, Heinrigh Pieterse 36, Kian Schwartz 52 not out; Johann Jacobz 2-28, Juan Niewenhuizen 2-44, Gerard Coetzee 2-55)
Noordheuwel 124 (Tiaan Britz 53; Crispin McKenzie 4-16, Bryce Parsons 2-31)
KES won by 265 runs
Affies 186 (Dewald Brewis 72; Jarred Laughton 2-34, Shaveer Kahn 2-35, Cian Robertson 2-32)
Jeppe 188-8 (Brayden Hicks 45, Breidyn Schaper 45; Schalk Engelbrecht 4-37)
Jeppe won by two wickets
Helpmekaar 178 (Ruan Lombaard 32, Kyle Kirkham 81)
St Benedict’s 175-9 (Ryan Maxwell 29; Matt Oosthuizen 3-17).
Helpmekaar won by three runs
Photos: Theo Garrun