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Monday, 04 March 2013 12:41

Cricket: Match Report Bosch & Affies

Bosch V Affies

 North net South on Saturday as Rondebosch hosted the very successful Affies 1st XI on their traditional end of season tour of Cape Town.

Bosch had no hesitation in batting first on a decent looking wicket and openers Matthew Christensen and Riaz Sader proceeded to make full use of the conditions. The pair took full control of the match as they rotated strike beautifully with an energetic display of running between wickets. Affies were never allowed to build any pressure as the strike was rotated almost at will and bad deliveries were hit to the boundary. This allowed the partnership to maintain a consistent tempo (the 50 partnership came up in the 14th over, the 100 in the 27th and the 150 in the 42nd). Riaz was eventually the 1st to go, well caught in the deep for 83 ending the impressive 157 run opening stand.

Matthew departed soon after the lunch break for 88 and it was left to Hayes van der Berg and Zubayr Hamza to administer the final rights to the Affies attack. Hayes ended on 52 not out and Zubayr 25 not out to enable Bosch to declare on 252 for 2 after 67 overs.

Affies had 63 overs left in the day to chase down the score, and despite a run out, were well-placed to launch an attack at 58 for 1 with 40 overs still remaining in the day. A double strike by Riaz Sader in which he dismissed the two dangerous left handers, Leus du Plloy and Drian Bruwer, effectively ended Affies’ hopes of a victory and the batsmen went into survival mode.

Despite the best efforts of the bowlers, a victory for the hosts was not to be, as the visitors proved resilient on a wicket that was offering less and less assistance. All the bowlers bowled good spells but eventually Affies ended the day on 143 for 6 after 63 overs

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