Ross Boast proved why he is one of the most highly-rated cricketers in the country with a Man-of-the-Match performance in Hilton College’s victory over King Edward VII on the third day of the Oppenheimer Michaelmas Week in Pietermaritzburg.
Boast top scored with bat contributing 69, an innings which saw Hilton reach 257 in the first innings at the Hart-Davis Oval. He also amazed with the ball claiming match-winning figures of 5/31 in his outing with the ball.
KES won the toss and elected to bowl first, hoping to make some early inroads with the new ball on the used pitches.
However, Hilton’s batters occupied the crease and opted to bat for as long as possible instead of going out searching for runs, a tactic paying off dividends for the home side.
Ben Hockly (46, 60b) and Charles Swart (39, 32b) continued their good form laying a solid platform for those to come.
Boast capitalised on this opportunity and like two days prior led the way, even after continuously losing partners at the other end. He has shown a tremendous capability to bat for long periods of time alongside his lower-order batters. The trio’s contributions steered the home side to a very defendable 257 all out.
Cristian Sabela was the main threat for the team from Johannesburg, ending his outing with the ball with figures of 3/46.
The KES innings never seemed to get underway as Boast steamrolled his way through the top order. The visitors struggled to put together partnerships of substance or to counter-attack the onslaught from the Hilton bowlers.
Kian Hilton and Christian Sabela were the only two who managed to have some answers to the Hilton attack. Hilton managed to accumulate a well-played 33 at less than a run a ball, while Sabela knuckled down and grafted hard for his 23 coming from 56 deliveries.
It wasn’t enough as Hilton was too good on the day, bundling KES out for a disappointing 128, to claim a 129-run victory.
St Charles College reigned superior on home turf over St David’s Marist in their Day Three clash of the week.
The home side won the toss and elected to bowl first. After finding themselves in some hot water early on, the visitors recovered well, through yet another stellar innings from their stalwart, Gomolelo Phiri.
Phiri showed his class by backing up his wonderful century from the previous day with another classy 66 from 78 balls. Kamagelo Phiri completed the full Phiri circle as he also contributed 54 of his own, assisting in propelling his side to a total of 192/8 in their allotted 50 overs.
Jehan Adonis led the way with his figures of 3/10 with some solid support from Brendon Sungroo who claimed two scalps for 16 runs.
However, St Charles never looked like losing as they put home conditions to their advantage. Samuel Brown (61, 59b) and Ntandoyenkosi Zuma (59, 69b) combined for a match-winning 119-run partnership contributing a half-century each.
Matthew West fought hard with the ball claiming 2/37 as the pick of the bowlers.
Unfortunately, it was deemed to be too little too late as the home side romped to a convincing five-wicket victory.
St Stithians College stamped their authority with a commanding victory of 79 runs over Glenwood High School from Durban.
Saints had the opportunity to make use of the batting-friendly conditions at Eston Oval as they opted to bat first. Emile Odendaal paved the way with an impressive and composed 59 from 68 at the top of the order. Finding support in Richard Seletswane who contributed 44 of his own and cameos from Liam Mudenda (25, 26b) and Joshua Meyer (22, 35b) Saints managed to amass a total of 227/10.
For Glenwood, it was Bandile Mbatha who came to the party with the ball. The right-arm medium-pacer showed his worth, taking a five-for with figures of 5/42 in his outing with the ball.
However, the Glenwood batters didn’t do the bowling performance much justice as they struggled to get any sort of momentum going. Only Cameron Laing (47, 77b) and Slade Lock with a 32 down the order added some empathise to the Glenwood innings.
To add to their misery, star-batsman Ciaran Roundtree picked up an injury whilst trying to field a ball of his own bowling, which restrained him from batting.
SA u19 speedster, Kwena Maphaka, seemed to be in good knick as he found some rhythm bagging his first five-wicket haul for the week with figures of 5/28. Lhuan-dre Pretorius made up for his performance with the bat as he bagged three scalps for 29 runs.
The Maphaka and Pretorius combination was deemed to be too good for the Durbannites as they slumped to a Miseley 147 all out, losing by 79 runs and suffering their second defeat in as many days.
Hilton College 257/10 (Ross Boast 69, Ben Hockly 46, Charles Swart 39, Matipa Denega 22*; Christian Sebela 3/46, Declam Ritchie 2/42, Rowan Kourie 2/54); King Edward VII 128/10 (Kian Hilton 33, Christian Sebela 23; Ross Boast 5/31, Brett Cutting 2/5, Natenzi Denega 2/26). Hilton College won by 129 runs.
St David’s Marist 192/8 (Gomolemo Phiri 66, Kamogelo Phiri 54; Jehan Adonis 3/10, Brendon Sungroo 2/16); St Charles College 193/5 (Samuel Brown 61, Ntandoyenkosi Zuma 59, Panashe Taruvinga 22; Matthew West 2/37). St Charles College won by five wickets.
St Stithians College 227/10 (Emile Odendaal 59, Richard Seletswane 44, Liam Mudenda 25, Joshua Meyer 22; Bandile Mbatha 4/42); Glenwood 147/10 (Cameron Laing 47, Slade Lock 32; Kwena Maphaka 5/28, Lhuan-dre Pretorius 3/29). St Stithians College won by 79 runs.