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Monday, 21 October 2013 08:40

Cricket: Match Report Rondebosch v Wynberg Derby

There is always something special about Wynberg/Rondebosch derby matches. Both schools place a high regard on their cricket performances and the long history of competition between them ensures that pride is always at stake.


Rondebosch has had the wood over Wynberg over the last three years with the Bosch boys winning seven and drawing one of the last 10 fixtures. As the first term encounter was cancelled due to Rondebosch’s involvement in the National T20 finals on the scheduled weekend, there was much anticipation at the prospect of this clash between two schools that have been at the forefront of schools’ cricket.

The weather played along for a change and Cricket A at Rondebosch looked a picture. Bosch won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that offered some assistance for the seamers early on. Nicholas Scott bowled with accuracy and enough pace to make life uncomfortable for the Bosch batters. When Scott returned for his second spell he struck in his first over and at that stage boasted figures of 4 for 27 after 9 overs to have Bosch in trouble at 68 for 4 with the top four back in the pavilion.

With Scott running out of gas and the rest of the Wynberg bowlers lacking his penetration, two Grade 10s, Murray Commins and Dayyaan Galiem, showed everyone at the ground why they are so highly rated with a partnership that demonstrated maturity beyond their years. They scored 101 runs between them, but it was the style in which they scored their runs that set the tongues wagging. Both batsmen scored all around the wicket and Wynberg struggled to stop the boundaries as the left hand/right hand combination made life difficult for the bowlers. Galiem was out in the over before lunch for 45 (5 fours, 2 sixes) with the score on 169 for 5.

After lunch Commins continued to dominate the bowling, scorching the ball through the covers with regularity. The lower order did enough to keep Commins on strike and when Rondebosch declared their innings closed on 252 for 8, Murray was 112 not out. His innings included 15 fours and a six and was scored off 154 balls.

Wynberg was left with 63 overs to chase the target down, but hopes of a big run chase were left in tatters in the awkward 12 over period before tea. Dayyaan Galiem (3 for 42) was devastating with the new ball and a wicket from SA U19 partner, Hayes van der Berg, and one from Ryan Klein meant Wynberg were reeling at 30 for 5 at the tea break.

Nicki Zeeman and Kyle Verreyne set about trying to restore order to the innings until Verreyne was run out by a direct hit from Zubayr Hamza. The lower order hung in with Zeeman but the Bosch bowlers continued to chip away. The ninth wicket fell with 23 overs remaining in the day and a comfortable victory seemed assured. Lyall Rodgers joined Zeeman and the pair played well to frustrate the bowlers. With just six overs remaining, Junaid Dawood (3 for 33) trapped Rodgers in front to secure a 91 run victory for Rondebosch. Zeeman showed maturity and class in his innings of 135 balls, scoring 73 not out in his side’s total of 161.

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