St Andrew's College: Cricket and Shooting news
1st XI ISCF, St Alban’s College
The St Andrew’s College 1st XI won their matches vs. Michaelhouse and St John’s College (JHB) over the soggy week in Gauteng.
Ryan Ford bowled beautifully vs. Michaelhouse picking up 3 wickets for 12 runs and Chris Benjamin and Murray Koster’s partnership secured a 7 wicket win for St Andrew’s College in the T20 match. On Sunday College pulled off a hard fought 5 wicket vs. St Johns in a 50 over match. James Quarmby bowled a fired up spell taking 4 wickets for 23 runs in his 10 overs, an exceptional spell of leg spin bowling. Captain, Chris Benjamin then held the innings together with a superb 65 not out and Robert Quarmby added the finishing touch with his 17 not out chasing down the 185 runs set by St Johns.
U15 Independent Schools’ Cricket Festival
The Festival was a fantastic success with 14 top schools playing in pristine weather conditions over 4 days.
The St Andrew’s College boys can be extremely proud of their performance during the festival as they managed to win 3 out of their 4 games. On Day 1, St Andrew’s played excellent cricket as they managed to beat St David’s Marist comprehensively by 236 runs. As many of us know, cricket is a fantastic ‘leveller’ and Day 2 proved to be a far more challenging test for the Colts XI as they took on a well-organised St Stithians team. The visitors managed to get the better of the College as they bowled with discipline and batted sensibly to pass a fairly low total of 147. Day 3 and 4 provided the spectators on Lower with some great excitement as St Andrew’s College managed to squeeze a fantastic victory against Bishops by 3 runs and 2 balls to spare; and then show excellent grit and determination to beat Clifton by 3 wickets on the final day.
Some highlights from the festival:
- Against St David’s - Luke Danckwerts scoring 170* not out, Nic Barlow 108, Matt Schaefer 69 and Tiro Segalo taking 5/21
- Against Saint Stithians – Nic Barlow 42
- Against Bishops - Matt Schaefer 62, James Mullins 42 and Liyamo Dotwana taking 3/32
- Against Clifton - Nic Francis 53, Tiro Segalo 42 and taking Liyama Dotwana 4/14
The East Cape Air Rifle Open was held over half-term, hosted by St Andrew’s College. This was a special Open because, at its conclusion, a Junior Protea and a Senior Protea Team would be announced to compete at the Africa Continental Championships in Egypt in April, and at the ISSF World Cup in Munich in May. At the same time, the Open included a trial for the South African Shooting Sports Confederation Team, which would be competing in Germany later in May.
A formal dinner was held at the end of the competition, where medals and team announcements were made. Michael Mager, the College Shooting Captain, welcomed the guests with confidence and style.
Nathan Graham and Gabrielle Walker were members of the East Cape 3 Positional Team which won a Silver medal in that event, coming second to a strong Gauteng Team.
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