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Graeme College beat Muir College at Grahamstown Schools Festival

Jan 14, 2019
Graeme College beat Muir College at Grahamstown Schools Festival

Graeme College had four good wins over Muir College on the cricket field on Saturday during the Grahamstown Schools Festival.

"The 1st XI were fortunate to take good form from the Gtn Schools' Festival into the fixture," said the school's Gregg van Molendorff.

"The 1st XI restricted Muir to 79 with all the bowlers chipping in with a superb performance.

"In reply, Graeme had to bat well under pressure. Mornay Kohl and Aaron Richardson got Graeme off to a good start and Garwin Dampies combined with Romario Fritz to take them over the line, winning by 8 wickets."

Van Molendorff added that all the results "are very pleasing and promises a good cricket season ahead".

Grahamstown Schools Festival

Van Molendorff said that the young 2019 GC 1st XI cricket team got off to a great start.

"Playing against Hellenic Academy (Harare) in the Grahamstown Schools’ Cricket Festival, Hellenic who seemed to take charge initially. Lakhanya Sam led the bowling attack superbly well, and built good pressure up front," he described.

"It was Mihlali Kobese (2 for 6 in 5 overs), who made the Initial break through though.

"From there, it was the Graeme spinners who dominated. Aaron Richardson picked up his best bowling figures for the 1st XI in a superb spell, finishing with 4 for 37. Hellenic ended with 103 all out."

In reply, Seth Faltain (25) combined brilliantly with Aaron Richardson in an opening stand of 52. Richardson went on to take his team home in a flawless knock of 52 not out. Graeme won by 8 wickets.

Van Molendorff said that the 1st XI bounced back in emphatic style after losing to Somerset College on day two of the Grahamstown Schools' Cricket Festival.

"Somerset won a crucial toss in the most bowler friendly conditions possible. Events that unfolded on day 3, would possibly hint about how differently the day would have been if the coin had spun once more. Somerset won comfortably after only needing to chase 76 for victory. The Graeme bowlers fought well, but simply didn't have enough runs on the board to defend."

Van Molendorff said that Day 3 was completely different.

"Graeme decided to bat first against Cambridge in much friendlier conditions, and batted superbly.

"Aaron Richardson (23) put on an opening stand of 62 with young Morne Kohl, which set a solid platform for Graeme. Kohl was superb and showed some very exciting potential for the future," Van Molendorff noted.

"He was eventually out after scoring a superb 76. He combined with Garwin Dampies (63), who batted win great maturity. Dampies lost his wicket after lunch as Graeme pressed ahead before their declaration. Graeme declared on 244/ 6 after 65 overs.

"Nobody could have guessed or foreseen what happened next. Siphesihle Madlongolwana has just returned from the u19 Coke Week, and the Cubs week where he performed superbly well. In a destructive spell, Lakhanya Sam (3 for 15) and Madlongolwana blew away the Cambridge batting line up.

"Madlongolwana was simply devastating picking up phenomenal and simply unbelievable figures of 7 for 7 in 6 overs. Cambridge were bowled out for 26, giving Graeme a 218 run win."

Summary of results Graeme Collge vs Muir:

U14a vs Muir

Graeme 93 all out. 
Onesizo Ntinga 31.

Muir 48 all out. 
Licebo Ngwentle 3 for 3
Somi Guysman 3 for 17
Ethan Beyleveld 3 for 15

Graeme won by 45 runs.

U15A vs Muir

Muir 108 all out 
Viwe Gana 3 for 35
Sibuvile Dambuza 3 for 6

Graeme 109/ 0
Liselihle Maphekula 79* 
Siyawanda Nongubo 14* 
Graeme won by 10 wickets.

Graeme 2nds vs Muir

Graeme 269 for 9 
Cody Schmidt 78
David Tyson 65
Ryan Bush 53*

Muir 123 all out. 
Aswyn Classen 3 for 23
Simon Cowley 3 for 22
Asemahle Mbanga 3 for 35

Graeme won by 136 runs.

1st XI vs Muir

Muir 79 all out. 
Lakhanya Sam 2 for 7 in 6 overs 
Raven Bush 2 for 5
Romario Fritz 2 for 16
Garwin Dampies 2 for 13

Graeme 83/ 2
Garwin Dampies 24 not out
Romario Fritz 17 not out

Graeme won by 8 wickets.

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