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Black and white for Pearson High in Cape Town cricket tour

By Marc Jacobson - Feb 10, 2017
Black and white for Pearson High in Cape Town cricket tour

In a tour to Cape Town, Pearson High School bared black and white, as they slumped to Paarl Boys’ High, but redeemed themselves against Somerset College in both three-way match cricket derbies.

The 1st XI, U15A’s and U14A’s partook in the tour to represent the school, with the first outing coming against the tough onslaught of Paarl Boys’.

All of the matches were scheduled to 35 overs apiece, with Pearson’s 1st XI projecting a grim 99 all out as they batted first. Paarl Boys then reached the total for 100/4, as Keeran Forbes achieved 3/28 bowling figures. Paarl Boys’ won by six wickets.

In the U15A showdown, the contention deemed much closer as Paarl Boys’ reaped victory by just nine runs, after they batted first and projected 166/5. D. Stander and K. Pretorius both took two wickets apiece with 2/23 and 2/27 bowling figures respectively. Making 157/4, B.Renkin (59 not out) and M.Ntsona (45) contributed the best with the bat.

Pearson’s U14A’s lost by 80 runs, as they failed their chase, also totalling 99 all out – with one stand-out batsman in Eric Venter with his score of 35 not out. With the ball, Luke Badenhuizen took three wickets in Paarl’s innings projection of 179/5.

It was a much more successful day at the office for the PE school when they matched up against Somerset College in all-50-over games and won all three encounters. Pearson’s 1st XI beat Somerset by 62 runs with Cole Nel (58) and Micaiah Coltman (52) contributing the most with the bat as Pearson totalled 230 all out.  

With the ball, Delron Simons (3/23), Alex Draai (2/17) and Raeez Harrison (2/25) helped cutting Somerset short on 174 all out.

Somerset batted first in the U15A match-up and scored 184 all out, with Pearson achieving the total with eight wickets to spare on 185/2. E. Frosler (4/42) and K. Pretorius (2/14) bowled well in their spells, while B. Roberts (77) and C. Quantoi (41 not out) piled on the most runs to break through for the win.

Setting a stern 250/6 first-up, Pearson’s U14A thwarted Somerset’s run-chase on 119 all out – winning by 131 runs. Robert Barnes scored a phenomenal 80 not out and Sibhamandla Bashe batted finely with his score of 44. With the ball, Hanre Janse van Rensburg, achieved an astonishing six-wicket haul with figures of 6/30.

Pearson’s 1st XI is currently underway playing South Africa’s second-ranked cricket school, Rondebosch High in a 50-over match-up.