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Thursday, 31 January 2013 09:36

Cricket: Bosch Beat Berg To Win T20 Final

The picturesque Vineyard Oval was the venue for the final of the Western Province leg of the Coke T20 Schools’ Challenge.

DGWynberg decided to bat first and were soon in trouble with the dangerous Kyle Verreyne being bowled with the first legal delivery of the innings by Dayyaan Galiem. This set the tone for the innings as the Wynberg batsmen struggled to reach any momentum in the face of some disciplined bowling. Bryan Edwards (29 off 32) and Quinton Dreyer (29 off 22) fought back well during a partnership of 33 for the 5th wicket, but with Lyle Rodgers being the only other batsman to reach double figures, wickets fell too regularly to allow Wynberg to post a commanding score and they finished their innings on 104 for 9 after the 20 overs.

Kay Skovgaard-Petersen showed his class with the ball with a return of 3 for 14 off 4 and Riaz Sader’s 1 for 8 off 3 was also impressive. Jay Stevens and Zubayr Hamza both took great catches in the deep to assist the bowlers and polish off a fielding effort that the Rondebosch boys could be proud of.

The Rondebosch innigs started off in similar fashion to Wynberg’s with Robin Kriel picking up a wicket in his first over. Murray Commins was joined by Bosch captain Hayes van der Berg, playing in his 150th match for the 1st team. The pair took the score to 45 before legspinner Dylan Mathews struck with a googly to have Commins caught behind for 13. Zubayr Hamza (26* off 22) then joined his skipper and the pair put on a batting masterclass in their unbroken partnership of 63 off just 48 balls to get Rondebosch over the finish line in the 14th over with 8 wickets still in hand. Van der Berg finshed on 65 not out off just 43 balls including 9 fours and 2 sixes. Coupled with his 2 for 18 off 4 overs with the ball – Hayes can be well pleased with his performance in his 150th match!

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