Rondebosch Boys’ High have enjoyed an outstanding term, placing third at the Westvaal North-South T20 tournament, after coming up just short against the eventual champions, Waterkloof, in the semi-finals, and beating Grey College in a playoff match. They were also unbeaten at the Cape Schools Festival before that. On Saturday, their impressive form continued against Wynberg Boys’ High, with Bosch romping to a 151-run victory behind a precise bowling performance.
Rondebosch won the toss and elected to send the visitors out to field, which appeared to backfire at first. Wynberg wasted no time in going on the attack, with their bowlers wreaking havoc on the home team’s openers.
It was Declan Gillespie, batting at four, who steadied the ship for the hosts, scoring 63 runs in an 84-ball innings, which gave his side the foundation from which to build a respectable total of 226, with their innings ending on the penultimate ball of their 50 overs.
Raeeq Daniels played a massive role in his team’s victory, as well, reaching his half-century with the bat and then backing up that performance with an impressive bowling spell.
In fact, it was the Rondebosch boys’ bowling that won them the game, as they skittled the challengers for a meagre 75, still 151 runs short of their target.
Daniels spearheaded the attack, capturing three wickets for only 11 runs from six challenging overs.
Alexander Combrink and David Simon dismissed two Wynberg batsmen each, with Combrink bowling especially well in his five overs, which cost only seven runs.
Captain, Jordan Neill, ended Wynberg’s innings with a run out on the first ball of the 26th over to secure a resounding victory for his side.
Rondebosch will field an emerging squad next week for two games against touring teams from the UK, Middlesex School and Whitgift School, as they continue to prepare for the coming season. Their performances of late will, no doubt, serve as huge encouragement for their prospects in 2024.
In the northern suburbs, Milnerton hosted Fairmont College for a 50-overs challenge, which they managed to win by 72 runs, thanks to a man of the match performance by Amr Williams.
Winning the toss, Milnerton opted to bat. They made it count by putting up a testing 270 for Fairmont to chase, with Williams helping the tail to wag with a valuable knock of 64.
The visitors fought valiantly, with Joshua Martin contributing a fifty, but Williams was on song again, alongside Abdus Aziz, as they shared six wickets between the two of them, which brought a halt to the Fairmont run chase on 198.
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Rondebosch Boys’ High 226 (Declan Gillespie 63, Raeeq Daniels 51, Extras 29, David Simon 23; Ihsan Khan 3/24, Yaseen Moos 2/33, Luke Kleinsmith 2/49); Wynberg Boys’ High 75 (Divan Linde 18; Raeeq Daniels 3/11, Alexander Combrink 2/7, David Simon 2/33). Rondebosch Boys’ High won by 151 runs.
Milnerton 270/9 (Amr Williams 64, Abdus Aziz 39, Extras 37, Conner Willemse 29*, J Reynolds 27, C Huxham 20; Byron Garton 3/30, Daniel Beelders 2/41); Fairmont High School 198 (Joshua Martin 56, Extras 35, Daniel Beelders 25, Justin Passman 22; Amr Williams 3/32, Abdus Aziz 3/34, Michael Bloemetje 2/49). Milnerton won by 72 runs.