Hosts Pearson and Graeme College ended the home & equity Cricket Festival on a high note by winning their final two matches in Port Elizabeth on Saturday and Sunday.
They were joined on Sunday by Framesby, who emerged victorious by five wickets in a thrilling encounter with Somerset College, achieving their target of 225 with one ball remaining. Andrew Whaits excelled for Somerset with a century, but in the end his valiant effort proved in vain.
On the Pearson fields, it was also a day for the batsmen on Sunday as Micaiah Coltman (Pearson) and Lakhanya Sam (Graeme) both passed the three-figure mark set up their sides for victories over Queen’s and Union High respectively.
Coltman’s 101 not out saw the home side reach a competitive 233/7 in their 50 overs, but Queen’s fought all the way before eventually losing by 35 runs. You could not keep Coltman out of the game because he took 3/40 as Queen’s finished their 50 overs on 198/8.
On the adjacent field, Graeme called the shots for most of the day as Sam’s 138 not out off 156 balls propelled them to a daunting 307/5. He struck 15 fours and a six and shared in successive stands of 130 with Garwin Dampies (63) and 146 with Sonwabile Tshona (53).
Union were on the back foot from the start, but Jaden Brotherton showed admirable fighting qualities in hitting 64 off 87 balls in their reply of 145.
On Saturday, Bradley Renkin continued his excellent form with a knock of 134 against Marlow to set up victory by 171 runs after the PE team made 322/7.
Graeme were in a spot of bother at 131/8 against Despatch in their Saturday fixture, but Lagon Oerson struck an impressive 48 not out to help them reach 217/8. It proved enough, with Siphesihle Madlongolwana taking 4/18 as Despatch were dismissed for 120.
Queen’s had a fine win against Stirling in their Saturday clash, thanks to a knock of 102 by Lihle Sizani. That helped them reach 225/6 in 40 overs and they then dismissed their East London rivals for 132.
Hudson Park came unstuck against Grey High in their clash at Old Grey after being dismissed for just 47. Arend Visser led the way for Grey by taking 3/8 and George van Heerden added the finishing touches with an unbeaten 29 in their eight-wicket victory.
Union High also recorded a good win on Saturday, effectively chasing down Westering’s 155/8 to win by six wickets.
Somerset College’s Whaits underlined his batting prowess by hitting 78 not out as they defeated Daniel Pienaar by six wickets.
Pearson 322/7 (B Renkin 134, J Ross 95); Marlow 151 (J Goodwin 4/36, M Coltman 3/23). Pearson won by 171 runs
Graeme 217/8 (R Labuschagne 27, L Oerson 48no, B van Tonder 3/51, S Moodley 3/29); Despatch 120 (D Hills 37, S Madlongolwana 4/18, S Lakhanya 2/19, G Dampies 4/18). Graeme won by 97 runs
Queen’s 225/6 (L Sizane 102, N Wolf 63, T King 2/31); Stirling 132. Queen’s won by 93 runs
Hudson Park 47 (T Daniels 2/6, A Visser 3/8); Grey High 48/2 (G van Heerden 29no). Grey won by eight wkts
Westering 155/8 (D Yon 27, M Snygans 22, M Mnunu 22no, J Brotherton 3/24); Union High 156/4 (K du Preez 52, K Simon 23, J Brotherton 29, B Amsterdam 20, S Ngubelanga 2/36). Union won by six wkts
Daniel Pienaar 103 (Whitfield 3/18, Dukes 3/23); Somerset College 106/4 (Whaits 78no). Somerset won by six wkts
Graeme 307/5 (S Lakhanya 138no, G Dampies 63, S Tshona 53); Union High 145 (K du Preez 20, J Brotherton 64, S Madlongolwana 2/19, V Gana 2/15). Graeme won by 162 runs
Pearson 233/7 (M Coltman 101no, R Barnes 23, E Frosler 35, A Hoko 2/52, L Sizani 2/22); Queen’s 198/8 (M Coltman 3/40, D Stander 2/37). Pearson won by 35 runs
Somerset College: 224; Framesby 226/5. Framesby won by five wickets.
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