Paul Roos proved too good for the men from the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunsskool of Pretoria when the two met in the middle on Saturday in Pretoria.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first. The opening pair in Luca Platter (62, 81b) and Josh Jordaan (20, 25b) got Paul Roos off to a perfect start, combining in a very mature and well-structured 49-run partnership upfront before Jordaan had to depart.
Platter continued his excellent performance with the willow, showing his full array of shots before he to was sent back to the pavilion after making a very good 62 from 81 deliveries.
After losing both set batsmen, Paul Roos looked to rebuild and put together another partnership, which they found in Riley Norton (31, 59b) and William September (28, 65b). The pair added a much-needed 59 runs between them to set the platform for the powerhitters to come.
Cornel Swart seemed to be the one to make use of the foundation laid as he didn’t hang around, blasting 37 from only 28 balls towards the back end of the innings to help his side reach a respectable 237/8 in their allotted 50 overs.
The Affie innings didn’t start off all that well as the home side lost three wickets for only 20 runs, finding themselves in a bit of a pickle. Callum Appolis proved to be the main threat with the ball, walking away with very good figures of 3/45 in his allotted 10 overs.
For the home side, it was their opening batter, Lukas Janse van Rensburg, who fought back with an excellent half-century, making 52 from 73 deliveries. After the cluster of wickets, Janse van Rensburg found support in the middle order from Janco Purchase, who also occupied the crease scoring 44 from 81 balls.
However, the pair’s fightback was short-lived and after their departure Paul Roos capitalized on the pressure, ensuring that they bundled Affies out for only 175, claiming a sweet victory of 62 runs.
Paul Roos Gimnasium 237/8 from 50 overs (Luca Platter 62, Cornel Swart 37*, Riley Norton 31, William September 28, Josh Jordaan 20; Jorich van Schalkwyk 2/41); Affies 175/10 from 44 overs (Lukas Janse van Rensburg 52, Janco Purchase 44, Andru van Zyl 22; Callum Appolis 3/45, Cormey van der Watt 3/44). Paul Roos Gimnasium won by 62 runs.