Graeme con­tinue un­beaten Youth Fes­ti­val run

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The Graeme Col­lege First Team Cricket side kept their hun­dred per­cent record in tact at the Cape Youth Cricket Fes­ti­val over the week­end of 28-30 Septem­ber. The group has re­mained un­beaten over the last three years, although they made things very dif­fi­cult for them­selves in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions this year.

On day one, Mark Amm, the first team cap­tain, was the dif­fer­ence be­tween the sides, as their op­po­nents, Pinelands, bowled bril­liantly on a very soft pitch. Graeme could only man­age 88 all out, but that was largely due to Amm who scored 46 not out.

The Graeme side bat­tled the el­e­ments for 53 overs to get that to­tal, so knew there was a chance of de­fend­ing the it. Although the bowl­ing was not per­fect on the day, the Graeme side did find a way to win. Sihle Mginywa got Graeme off to the per­fect start in the field. He ended with 3 for 11 in 10 overs. Lakhanya Sam was equally im­pres­sive, tak­ing 3 for 14. Graeme won a very low scor­ing and ex­cit­ing match by 12 runs, af­ter bowl­ing Pinelands out for 76. It was a tough start the the fes­ti­val, but maybe ex­actly what the team needed.

Day two was a lim­ited over con­test against Bergvliet. Graeme were asked to bat, and strug­gled ini­tially on an­other soft track. A plat­form was built though, which al­lowed play­ers an op­por­tu­nity to ex­press them­selves later.

Jeremy Beyleveld (42) and Siph­e­sihle Mad­lon­gol­wana (49 not out) held most of the in­nings to­gether, which al­lowed the likes of Liam Agnew to blast his way to 35 not out, en­abling Graeme to get to an im­pres­sive to­tal of 244/ 7 af­ter their 50 overs. The new ball at­tack was su­perb in de­fence of the tar­get. Siph­e­sihle Mad­lon­gol­wana (3 for 22) and Sihle Mginywa (2 for 19) pegged Bergvliet back from the start. Lakhanya Sam picked up 2 for 12 as Graeme bowled Bergvliet out for 113, win­ning by 131 runs.

The last day started with a T20 against Mil­ner­ton. Again, a slow and soft pitch made bat­ting dif­fi­cult. Graeme were very happy to reach their goal of 120, although lost 9 wick­ets on the way there. Bavu Manyakanyaka (30), Chris Gleaves (24) and Amm (20) were the top scor­ers.

With a de­cent score to de­fend, it was up to the bowlers to per­form. Yet again, they were su­perb. Sihle Mginywa (4 for 17) was out­stand­ing and well backed up by Siph­e­sihle Mad­lon­gol­wana (2 for 14). Graeme re­stricted Mil­ner­ton to 90 all out, win­ning by 30 runs.

The last fix­ture was the af­ter­noon game at the pic­turesque Wester­ford field. Wester­ford won the toss and chose to bat on, which seemed, a bet­ter bat­ting pitch. They strug­gled to get the vastly ex­pe­ri­enced bowl­ing at­tack away, and ended on 75/ 6 af­ter their 20 overs.

Amm tak­ing 3 for 10, do­ing the most dam­age. In re­ply, Gleaves scored a quick­fire 31 as Graeme reached the tar­get in the 12th over, three wick­ets down. It was a good 7 wicket vic­tory to end the fes­ti­val, and to con­tinue the team’s un­beaten record at the fes­ti­val.

Photo: Sup­plied

The Graeme Col­lege First team cricket side stands proud af­ter fur­ther­ing their un­beaten record at the the Cape Youth Cricket Fes­ti­val.

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