Adam Cannata’s exceptional performance with the ball proved instrumental in Pretoria Boys High’s victory of 40 runs over their old foes Jeppe High School for Boys on Saturday. In just seven overs, he bagged an impressive four wickets for only 28 runs.
Batting first at Jeppe, Pretoria Boys High’s opening pair of Luke Marshall (40, 83b) and Marc van der Merwe (24, 39b) got the visitors off to a positive start on a tricky Marshall Oval pitch.
They put on an opening stand of 43 runs before Van der Merwe fell victim to Ryan Harcourt-Baldwin (2/49).
Then, Tinotenda Mutekwa (3/47) and Shreshth Kumar (3/32), with three wickets apiece, set about dismantling the PBHS batting.
A solid foundation had been laid, however, and Nicholas Rossouw stood firm under severe pressure to top score from the visitors. He was out just six runs shy of a fifty, with his 44 coming off of 77 deliveries.
With a number of batsmen chipping in here and there, Boys High totalled 213 all out.
The Jeppe batsmen soon discovered that 213 might be a better score than it appeared as they began to lose wickets regularly.
The top order all managed decent starts, with Tiago Almeida‘s 27 from 34 balls leading the way. Ryan Young also made it into the twenties, but he was dismissed with his score on 23.
Together with Cannata, Jenson Breetzke put the skids under the home team, knocking over 2/26, while Conner Hall also contributed two wickets.
In the end, Jeppe’s batsmen produced enough starts, but none came through with an innings of substance to finish off the game. They were all out for 173 as Pretoria Boys High recorded a comfortable victory over their long- time rivals.
Pretoria Boys High 213/10 (Nicholas Rossouw 44, Luke Marshall 40, Marc van der Merwe 24; Tinotenda Mutekwa 3/47, Shreshth Kumar 3/32, Ryan Harcourt-Baldwin 2/49); Jeppe 173/10 (Tiago Almeida 27, Ryan Young 23, Sipho Potsane 23, Mohamed Ismail 21, Harcourt-Baldwin 20; Adam Cannata 4/28, Jenson Breetzke 2/26, Conner Hall 2/38). Pretoria Boys High won by 40 runs.