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Monday, 11 February 2013 12:09

Cricket: Match Report Rondebosch v Grey High

Written by  Rob Darymple


RBHRondebosch travelled to Port Elizabeth took take on Grey High School in a 2-day match on the Pollock field fresh from the T20 victory over Paul Roos in the Cobras franchise final but were soon in trouble after being asked to bat by the hosts. Dylan Blignaut made the most of some early movement and coupled with the visiting batmen seemingly thinking this was still a T20 game, were soon in a heap of trouble at 28 for 5 with only Riaz Sader’s 20 being of any significance.

Tayo Walbrugh joined Dayyaan Galliem at the crease and the pair began the process of rebuilding the innings with a partnership of 55 before Tayo was well caught by the Grey captain, Lloyd Brown for 19. Michael Cursons (13) and then Kay Skovgaard-Petersen (33) spent significant time at the crease and played the supporting role to Dayyaan as he began to take the attack to the Grey bowlers as the track flattened out. Dayyaan scored all around the wicket and went to his century with a towering six. The Grade 10 learner was eventually last man out in the 80th over for 132, an innings of remarkable maturity and skill. Dayyaan faced 207 balls in his innings which included 10 fours and 3 sixes and which enabled Bosch to post 231. Dylan Blignaut was the stand out performer for The Grey with a remarkable effort of 7 for 36 in 17 overs.

Despite the loss of Matthew Breedske, the hosts negotiated the rest of the day without incident as Bernhard Ferreira and Lloyd Brown took the score to 83 for 1 at the close of day one.

Day two began in bright sunshine and the Grey pair used a cautious approach in the first hour of play to get themselves set before upping the scoring rate as the morning session progressed. The Bosch bowlers stuck to their tasks but will be ruing some uncharacteristic missed opportunities in the field. Brown in particular pressed the accelerator and scored freely all around the wicket and went to a hundred on the stroke of tea. Many thought this would see a declaration from the Grey side but Grey decided to bat as long as possible. Brown was dismissed shortly after the break and Bradley Bopp (42 not out) carried on the quest for runs. Ferreira (81 off 213 balls) and Knoetze both perished in the chase for runs before Grey reached 266 for 4 at the compulsory declaration mark of 80 overs. Kay Skovgaard-Petersen was the best of the Bosch bowlers with 3 for 67 off 20 overs.

With only about 70 overs remaining in the match, a result was always going to be unlikely, and the Armageddon style storm that hit Port Elizabeth at 2.30pm, probably saved the spectators from having to sit through a dull afternoon of cricket. Bosch ended on 49 for 2 with Matthew Christensen on 23 not out.

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