Despite a massive 159 by Kashief Joseph, opening for Diocesan College, SACS managed to grind out a dramatic victory, dismissing the visitors only 13 runs short of their 244.
SACS took first strike after winning the toss, seeking a big total to put pressure on the Bishops’ run chase.
A steady half-century from Rowen Taplin set SACS on their way, while Raashied Conrad, Keiron Bowers, and Joshua Wyngaard also chipped in with solid contributions, which helped them to a respectable 244 all out.
Peyton Leigh impressed for the visiting team, picking up a five-wicket haul for 38, while Tiaan Louw made his presence felt by dismissing four SACS batsmen.
With the victory target of 245 runs their goal, Diocesan College’s Adnaan Lagadien and Kashief Joseph took to the crease to open their innings.
Lagadien smashed two sixes and a four, amassing 22 runs, before he was caught by Hamish Anderson, courtesy of a delivery from Bowers. His contribution would prove to be the second highest score of the Bishops’ innings.
However, despite Joseph’s batting masterclass, the remainder of the Bishops’ line-up struggled against Litha Kraai and his counterparts in the SACS team.
Joseph, however, was unwavering for Diocesan College. His herculean innings of 145 runs from 140 deliveries showcased extraordinary resilience as he carried his team’s hopes until the very last moment before he was caught and bowled by Kraai.
Anderson lent good support to Kraai, making a significant contribution with three wickets of his own.
Over the course of an intense 48 overs, SACS meticulously worked their way through the Bishops’ batting line-up, straining to tighten their grip on the game despite Joseph’s continuing accumulation of runs. The momentum swung back and forth with every run added and each wicket knocked over.
In the end, the hosts emerged victorious by a slender margin of 13 runs, capping off a thrilling and dramatic contest that will be remembered for Joseph’s incredible batting display, Peyton Leigh’s five for 38 and SACS’ collective bowling prowess.
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SACS 244 (Rowen Taplin 54, Raashied Conrad 41, Keiron Bowers 39, Joshua Wyngaard 36; Peyton Leigh 5/38, Tiaan Louw 4/49); Diocesan College 231 (Kashief Joseph 159, Adnaan Lagadien 20; Litha Kraai 4/32, Hamish Anderson 3/37). SACS won by 13 runs.