Cricket Development Tour 2018
Game 7 vs St David’s Marist Inanda 1st XI at St David’s – 9/10/18
Bryn Wilson won the toss and chose to bat on a pitch that looked to be the typical Highveld batsman’s’ paradise at the St David’s oval. The oval is overlooked by an impressive clubhouse which includes a balcony, function room and kitchen above and changing rooms, a physio room and Gym below. Early wickets fell as the openers struggled to come to terms with some fast, accurate bowling. This brought together Sam Russell and Curtis Heaphy, who put their shoulders to the wheel and built a partnership of 102 runs. The departure of Sam led to a mini-collapse and it was left up to the tail of Hugo Wakeling, Levi Woolston and Mitch Leach to finish the inning and take the score to a more respectable 186 for 8 in the allotted 50 overs. Curtis made 52, while Sam contributed 71 runs.
Having made a total which was 20 to 30 runs below par, the bowling and fielding would have to be disciplined. This did not eventuate and, despite snaring an early wicket, wayward bowling allowed the St David’s batsmen to enjoy pressure-free scoring. Thunder clouds gathered as the 12th over approached and the game was suspended because of the danger of lightning strikes. 18 overs were lost and the Hosts were left requiring a total of 120 off 32 overs once play resumed. Unfortunately, the time off the field did not help PNBHS as St David’s chased down this score in the 25th over with only 1 wicket down.
Positives from the day were the batting performances of Sam and Curtis and the fact that Boys’ High was able to bat the full 50 in a much improved effort. Unfortunately, this time the bowlers didn’t “come to the party".
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