• Mixed bag at independent schools festival

    The second round of matches at the Independent Schools Cricket Festival were a mixed bag of 50-over and T20 contests after Friday night’s massive highveld thunderstorm left the field arrangements in disarray, writes THEO GARRUN.

    The schools in Joburg were less affected, so they were able to stage the scheduled 50-over games. The most exciting of those was at St Stithians where the hosts beat Kearsney College by a single run. St Andrew’s of Grahamstown beat St John’s College (at St John’s) by five wickets after Liyama Dotwana took four wickets in eight balls to dismiss the hosts for 170 when a big score looked on the cards.

    Across in Pretoria, St Charles beat St Alban’s by five wickets to keep their unbeaten record intact – they drew the rain-affected time cricket game on days one and two – and Michaelhouse beat the tourists from the UK, Malvern College by six wickets.

    The individual performance of the day came from Helpmekaar captain Neil Eksteen who smashed 117 off just 61 balls against Bishops. He hit 15 fours and six sixes at St Alban’s to lead his side to a six-wicket win.

    There were two other big scores on the day. Jordan Bamber made 85 for Kearsney against St Stithians while Deon Pienaar ended 75 not out for Uplands against St John’s Harare.

    Apart from Dotwana’s heroics with the ball, Caleb Daniels took 4-31 for Kingswood against St John’s Harare.


    St Alban’s 116-9 (Jordan Proudfoot 43; Jason Login 3-19)
    St Charles 118-5 (Clive Madande 54; Simon Miller 4-18)
    St Charles won by 5 wickets

    Cornwall Hill 123 (Jordan Neil 54)
    St Andrew’s School 124-7 (Luke Cannata 3-21)
    St Andrew’s School won by 3 wickets

    Hilton 164-7
    St David’s 107-7
    Hilton won by 57 runs

    Woodridge 110 (Marc du Toit 52; Gareth Chirawu 4-32, Josh Siya 3-13)
    St Georges 114-6 (Deon Meyers 39, Emmanuel Bawa 36)
    St Georges won by 4 wickets

    St Stithians 114-6 (Mohammed Manack 60, Cameron Rowe 38, Jodi De Sousa 31; Joshua Stocks 3-35, Chase Kelly 3-41)
    Kearsney 197 (Jordan Bamber 85, Dylan Hullet 42; Sebastain De Oliviera 3-38, Matthew Lieberman 3-33)
    St Stithians won by 1 run

    Kingswood 179-7 (Aidan Meyer 40; C Bosman-Jansen 3-25)
    St Benedict’s 128 (R O’ Donoghue 36; Caleb Daniels 4-38)
    Kingswood won by 51 runs

    Malvern College 130-8 (Sean Aggerwal 41)
    Michaelhouse 131-4 (Callum Porrill 35)
    Michaelhouse won by 6 wickets

    Clifton 99-8
    Titans XI 100-7
    Titans XI won by 3 wickets

    St John’s Harare 166-9 (Rugare Akino 40, Dane Schadendorf 30; Christen Taylor 3-22)
    Uplands 140-1 (Kyle Klesse 56, Deon Pienaar 75 not out)
    St John’s Harare won by 26 runs

    Bishops 175-5 (Matthew Lennett 38, James Howard 49 not out)
    Helpmekaar 178-4 (Neil Eksteen 117)
    Helpmekaar won by 6 wickets

    St John’s College 170 (Connor Esterhuizen 65; Liyama Dotwana 4-23)
    St Andrew’s College 174-5 (Nichola Barlow 61 not out, Callum Francis 43 not out)
    St Andrew’s College won by 5 wickets

    Sunday’s games are being played according to formats agreed by the coaches – some teams have flights to catch and some have long bus rides home.

    Fixtures are:

    St Alban’s College vs Malvern College (St Alban’s TC Mitchell Oval)
    Michaelhouse vs Uplands (St Alban’s Baloyi)
    Titans Invitation vs Woodridge (St Alban’s Murray)
    St Benedict’s vs St George’s (St Alban’s Wormser)
    Cornwall Hill vs St Andrew’s College (Cornwall Hill 1)
    Clifton vs Kingswood (Cornwall Hill 2)
    Bishops vs St John’s Harare ((Cornwall Hill 3)
    St John’s College vs Kearsney (St John’s)
    St Stithians vs St Andrew’s School (St Stithians)
    St David’s vs St Charles (St David’s)
    Hilton vs Helpmekaar (St David’s 2).

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    Theo Garrun