The last round of fixtures before school holidays took place in the Northern’s First League Platinum A Section.
With several touring teams having visited some of the Pretoria schools over the weekend many of the matches were moved to mid-week fixtures.
Last week saw Pretoria Boys’ High take on Centurion in a mid-week clash. Pretoria Boys batted first on the Monday afternoon and scored 259/8 from 50 overs.
Opener Nathan Meyer scored 60 from 84 balls and shared in half century stand with wicket-keeper batsmen Hanu Viljoen who scored 63 from 65 balls.
Off-spinner Hayes bowled well for Centurion claiming figures of 4/48 from 10 overs.
In response Centurion were bowled out for 161 from 38.3 overs. The only batsmen to get a start was number seven batsmen Wentzel who ended on 46 from 81 balls. Both opening bowlers Jarryd Van Straaten and Daniel van der Merwe bowled well picking up two sticks each. Off-spinner Liam Treadwell took 2/33 in his 10 overs bowling a controlled spell.
Over this past weekend Affies hosted an inform Garsfontein side.
Affies posted a formidable 278/6 from 50 overs. Middle order batsmen J. Pienaar (82, 81b) and Dewald Brevis (97, 132b) each scored half centuries. Brevis narrowly missed out on reaching a well-deserved ton. Garsfontein’s bowlers were put under some pressure with strong performances from Affies.
Ruben Van Niekerk stood out with figures of 3/65 from 10 overs. The chase started well with Garsfontein opening batsmen David Koorts reaching 103 from 89 balls.
However, the Affies bowling side fired with first change bowler J. Beneke taking 4/37 from his quota of 10 overs. Garsfontein were bowled out for 216 within 38.1 overs losing by 62 runs.
Prestige College faced up against Menlopark at home, having won the toss Prestige College decided to bat first.
Opening batsmen Sithembiso Mothise scored 82 from 92 balls which included eight boundaries. Mothise is having a good season so far scoring his consecutive half-century. He was well supported by Thabo Motubatsi who scored 64 from 76 balls. Prestige batted well posting 230/9 from 50 overs.
Ryan Greyvenstein picked up figures of 2/40 from his 10 overs and along side Stephan Kruger who ended taking 2/32 from 9 overs. Menlopark chased down the total within 43 overs ending on 231/4.
Dylan de Villiers carried his bat through the innings ending on 88 from 113 balls which included four boundaries. Other opener Ziaan Stoop and middle order batsmen Luan Burger each aided De Villiers by picking up thirties.
Garsfontein played their second game within the week catching up a fixture against Cornwall Hill College.
Garsfontein batted first and climbed into the Cornwall bowling both openers got off to good starts with David Koorts and Ralf Schmidt putting on 72 runs for the first wicket. Number three batsmen Christiaan Oberholzer reached a well-paced 117 from 119 balls which included eleven fours and three sixes.
However it was Edwin de Waal who displayed some late innings fireworks by blasting 112 from 53 balls which included nine fours and eleven sixes, 75% of his runs came in boundaries. He was brutal dispatching anything short or full over the boundary. Lungelo Khoba bowled economically only going at 4.38 an over.
Cornwall’s chase got off to the worst possible start losing their opening batsmen early. Garsfontein’s bowlers bowled with discipline with a good performance shown by L. Botha who took three wickets during his spell.
Jordan Neil batted patiently scoring a 51 from 85 balls and looked the lone rock in the batting unit. The team were bowled out for 160 falling 206 runs short of Garsfontein’s total.
Centurion hosted a strong Waterkloof side who have had a good start to the league. Centurion won the toss and decided to bat first. Charl van den Heever top scored for the team scoring 59 from 66 balls along side opening batsmen Michael Salomon who reached 55 from 77 balls.
Centurion were all-out for 206 with Waterkloof’s bowler wrapping up the innings in the 41.5 over. Kyle Welman bowled tightly ending with figures of 2/25 from his 10 overs.
Opening bowler Hardus Coetzer and Simeon De Bruyn each ended with figures of 2/40. Waterkloof lost two wickets in reply with all top four batsmen getting starts. Simeon De Bruyn top scored with 64 from 59 balls. Waterkloof chased down the total within 42.1 overs.
Rudi Ferriera was the only bowler to get wickets next to his name in the scorecard for the host side having picked up both Waterkloof openers. He took 2/38 from 8 overs.
The Northern’s First Platinum League A Section will resume after the holidays. With some classic clashes set to take place Pretoria Boys High take on Affies. Waterkloof plays host to rivals Garsfontein.
Northerns First Platinum League A Section
10 September 2019
Pretoria Boys High 259/9 from 50 overs (Hanu Viljoen 63 (65b), Nathan Meyer 60 (84b); H Hayes 4/48); Centurion 161/10 from 38.3 overs (N.Wentzel 46 (81b); Daniel van der Merwe 2/30, Liam Treadwell 2/33). Pretoria Boys’ High School won by 98 runs.
14 September 2019
Affies 278/6 from 50 overs (Dewald Brevis 97 (132b) Jacques Pienaar 82 (81b); Ruben van Niekerk 3/65, André van Wyngaardt 2/45); Garsfontein 216/10 from 38.1 overs (David Koortz 103 (89b), Ralff Schmidt 36 (31b); Jaco Beneke 4/37, Dewald Brevis 2/47). Affies won by 72 runs.
Prestige College 230/9 from 50 overs (Sibusiso Mothise 82 (92b); Thabiso Motubatsi 64 (76b); Ryan Greyvenstein 2/40, Stephan Kruger 32); Menlopark 231/4 (Dylan de Villiers 88* (113b), Luan Burger 39 (59b); Letsholo Selemela 2/60). Menlopark won by six wickets.
17 September 2019
Garsfontein 369/5 from 50 overs (Christiaan Oberholzer 117 (119b), Edwin de Waal 112 (53b); Jordan Neil 1/35); Cornwall Hill College 160/10 from 44 overs (Jordan Neil 51 (84b); Larno Botha 3/31, Jethro Duigan 2/10). Garsfontein won by 206 runs.
Centurion 206/10 from 45.5 overs (Michael Salomon 55 (77b), Charl van den Heever 59 (66b); Kyle Welman 2/25, Simeon de Bruyn 2/40); Waterkloof 207/2 from 42.1 overs (Simeon de Bruyn 64 (59b), Christiaan du Toit 47 (56b); Rudi Ferreira 2/38). Waterkloof won by eight wickets.