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Great start for Graeme College at Grahamstown Schools Cricket Festival

Jan 15, 2018
Great start for Graeme College at Grahamstown Schools Cricket Festival

The Graeme College 1st XI cricket side, had a great start to the year at the Grahamstown Schools Cricket Festival.

"In a warm-up friendly T20 fixture against St Dominics, Graeme scored a daunting 250/2 after their 20 overs. The top order including  Romario Fritz (74), Bavu Manyakanyaka (51), Chris Gleaves (56*) and Mark Amm (46*) all spent good time at the crease," described Gregg van Molendorff, Headmaster at Graeme College.

"In reply St Dominics struggled to get the run rate up, but also spent time preparing for the festival. They ended on 42/7 after their 20 overs, with Graeme winning by 208 runs.

"Graeme were up against a quality St Albans team on the first day of the festival, and started off brilliantly. Although none of the batsmen converted their starts, Graeme managed to declare on 258 for 9, after 67 overs. Bavu Manyakanyaka  top scored with 48, Chris Gleaves scored 39, Jeremy Beyleveld 33 and  Mark Amm 32."

He said that St Albans batted flawlessly and looked like chasing the score down, but Graeme managed to fight back late in the day.

"Eventually, the incredible contest ended as a draw with St Albans on 254/7 at the close of play. Liam Agnew was the pick of the Graeme bowlers ending with 3 for 55, while Siphe Madlongolwana took 2 for 48," van Molendorff added.

"Trinity House were determined to put up a much better performance after they were humbled the previous day. And they would have been very happy with their start to the match against Graeme. Trinity batted well on a good batting pitch, but the Graeme bowlers did brilliantly in hot conditions to restrict the opposition to 204 all out in 70 overs. The Graeme bowlers all bowled well, and picked up wickets after toiling hard. Siphe Madlongolwana ended with 3 for 42, Sihle Mginywa 2 for 20, Mark Amm 2 for 37 and Liam Agnew 2 for 39."

He said that Graeme started the chase well, with good partnerships with Chris Gleaves (59) holding the innings together. Graeme lost their way a little in the chase, but a phenomenal innings by Jeremy Beyleveld (66 off 38), got Graeme home by 3 wickets and 5 overs to spare.

"On the last day of the festival, Graeme started off sluggishly against Cambridge but then managed to turn the game on its head, taking 7 wickets for 10 runs after drinks. Cambridge were bowled out for 113 in the limited overs game, which probably wasn’t enough to create pressure on the Graeme top order. Garwin Dampies (4 for 13) and Jeremy Beyleveld (3 for 8) did most of the dame for Graeme. Chris Gleaves was clinical as he ended with 61 not out, and taking his team to a 8 wicket victory," van Molendorff described.

"This came after successful provincial weeks for the key players in the Graeme side. Mark Amm ended as the highest wicket taker for the EP u17 side, while Lakhanya Sam represented the Eastern Cape invitation team at the same week.

"Garwin Dampies had a good week at the national u15 tournament, while Siphesihle Madlongolwana and Chris Gleaves were both selected into the SA u17 Rural team after brilliant performance sat their tournament."