The summer thunderstorms stayed away from Joburg on Saturday and there were big wins for both KES and Jeppe in the first full fixtures they were able to play in this half of the season, writes THEO GARRUN.
KES hosted Pretoria Affies on Friday afternoon and Saturday in a time cricket match that they won outright by taking the five second innings Affies wickets required after setting them a target of 268.
It was pretty emphatic in the end, but KES had some anxious moments. Their top order, for once, did not fire and they found themselves on 55-5.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Kian Schwartz then steadied the ship. He got 81 and featured in an 81-run partnership with Deeran Baba and a 79-run stand with Mickey Copland, which saw them get to 277-9. Copeland finished on 59.
In their first innings, Affies were bowled out for 138 with Bryce Parsons taking 3-27. They collapsed in their second dig, losing those five wickets for just 41.
Jeppe’s Breidyn Schaper made 106 and Lina Ndlovu 94 in their side’s 303-6 in 50 overs to set themselves up for a big, 293-run win over their neighbours, St Benedict’s. The game saw the return from injury of Jeppe’s U19 left-arm spinner, Kgaudi Molefe. He was tidy, taking 2-24 in 10 overs, but the real damage was done by quickie Jared Laughton, who took 4-19 as Bennies were bundled out for just 110.
In other action on Saturday St John’s beat Pretoria Boys’ High by 49 runs. They made 234-9, with Nic Halsted-Cleak (85) making the major contribution. Boys High was bowled out for 49, with Bismark Olivier taking 4-30).
The first half of the season ends next weekend, with all the schools in action, weather permitting.
In the pick of the games, Jeppe faces St Stithians, while KES host Pretoria Boys’ High. St John’s play a combined fixture against Helpmekaar and CBC Boksburg.
Affies 138 (Zander Potgieter 30; Obakeng Mila 2-21, Bryce Parsons 3-27) & 41-5 (Obakeng Maila 2-5, Mickey Copeland 2-7).
KES innings 277-9 (Kian Schwartz 81, Mickey Copeland 59; Janco Smit 3-31, Dirk Herbst 3-64)
KES won outright
Jeppe 303-6 (Breidyn Schaper 106, Linda Ndlovu 94, Nhlanlha Mashigo 35)
St Benedict’s 110 (Christopher Bosman 24; Jared Laughton 4-19, Kgaudise Molefe 2-34)
Jeppe won by 293 runs
St John’s 234-9 (Nic Halsed-Cleak 85, Clayton Pather 37)
Pretoria Boys’ High 185 (Bismark Olivier 4-30)
St John’s won by 49 runs
Next Saturday’s fixtures
St Stithians vs Jeppe
KES v Pretoria
Affies vs St David’s
St John’s vs Helpmekaar/CBC
St Benedict’s vs Noordheuwel
St Alban’s vs Trinityhouse
Randburg vs Gauteng Development