The first day of the Sportsmans Warehouse St David’s Marist Prep Cricket Festival on Thursday saw T20 matches played and it was the batsmen who caught the eye, with four half centuries scored despite the limited number of overs faced.
The top performance came for Alex Engelbrecht of St Peter’s Prep who smashed 83 runs of 46 balls, including 13 fours, against Heronbridge. He helped his side to 206/6 – the biggest total of the day.
Heronbridge’s Jacques Olivier got 50 in the run chase but they didn’t score quickly enough and St Peter’s won by 59 runs.
The other half centuries were notched up by Samrat Basu of Montrose, who made 58 against Laërskool Jan Cilliers and Malan du Plessis of Jan Cilliers who got 65 in the same game.
The best bowling figures were 4/18 by James Austen of Somerset College Prep against Clifton. James made 37 in the Clifton knock.
The festival continues on Friday and Saturday. On Friday the teams play a 50-over game and on Saturday a carnival style 10 over tournament.
St Stithians 127/8 (Roarke O’Sullivan 24; Sive Makuleni 2/13). Temba Bavuma XI 131/6 (Mpho Hlongwane 45, Rashil Bulla /23). Temba Bavuma XI won by 4 wickets.
Montrose 151/6 (Samrat Basu 58, Lwazi Xolo 36; Alexander Terblanche 2/18). Jan Cilliers 135/6 (Malan du Plessis 65; Leshaun Habana 2/7). Montrose won by 16 runs.
St David’s 117/5 (Roberto Marian 37, Grant Spencer 25; Alex Cannata 2/20). Cornwall Hill 110/7 (Tinashe Mbingo 19; Ben Archer 2/13). St David’s won by 7 runs.
Somerset College 108/3 (Ryan Hallendorf 33, James Austen 37). Clifton Prep 112/7 (Oliver Davis 26; James Austen 4/18). Clifton won by 3 wickets.
St Peter’s 206/8 (Keon Oearse 40, Alex Engelbrecht 83), Heronbridge 147/ 2 (Callum Hughes 41, Jacques Olivier 50). St Peter’s won by 59 runs.
Cornwall Hill vs St Stithians
Montrose vs Somerset College
Temba Bavuma XV vs St Peter’s