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Kingswood College 1st XI cricket show fluctuation at Grahamstown Schools Cricket Festival

By Marc Jacobson - Jan 23, 2017
Kingswood College 1st XI cricket show fluctuation at Grahamstown Schools Cricket Festival

Kingswood College 1st XI played hosts on the Gane Field in all three of their matches played at the Grahamstown Schools Cricket Festival, which took place from the 10th until the 12th January 2017. Of the three matches, Kingswood won one, lost one and drew one in all-declaration formatted games.

Their first match was against St. Andrews Bloemfontein (10th January), which they lost by 33 runs. St. Andrews batted first and were fully dismissed for 164 in the initial unlimited overs’ showdown. Aidan Meyer (3/28) showed the finest contribution with the ball.

With the bat, Aidan Hawkesworth (18) and James Kelly (51) came to significant effect with their fourth-wicket partnership – but the home side later lost vital wickets at crucial stages for a scoring capacity as they were dismissed for 132.

On their second outing (11th January), Kingswood took on Menlo Park, with the home side opting to bowl first. They showed significant upheaval in their bowling attack through Caleb Daniels (3/32) and Josh von Holdt (2/17 throughout the first half of the innings – knocking Menlo Park strung to their knees, when they stood at 97/9. Following that projection, the last straw just couldn’t break it, as Menlo’s last two batsmen scored a partnership of 96, heeding a team total of 193/9 declared after 70 overs.

Kingswood then had to score 194 off 48 remaining overs of the day’s play, and showed some resilient batting on a relatively slow wicket, falling short in a respectable manner when they finished the day with 121/2 – meaning the match ended in a draw. Highest contributors with the bat were James Rippon (36) and Nick Wilmot (52 not out).

In their third and final match-up, Kingswood finally put up a 27-run win against St. Albans College with the hosts this time-round opting to bat first. Kingswood’s batting efforts were at stages doom and gloom, as they succumbed to just 99/8 at the morning tea break. As they took to the crease again, however, their last three batters (Pierre Wansbury 16, Taylor Rippon 18 not out and Hilton Krige 11) rallied out a combined 48 runs between them and took the team total to 147 allout.

A very optimum total, meant Kingswood’s bowling attack needed some seaming innovation to defend their score. The upkeep of the home side’s bowling discipline was maintained well-enough to get St. Albans all out for 120, with Aidan Meyer (3/20) and Josh von Holdt (3/17) being the picks with the ball.

Kingswood 1st XI cricket side is now set to play Graeme College at Graeme in a school cricket derby on the 21st January, followed by a match against Southwell on away soil on January 22nd.