U15A at Somerset College Cricket Festival, Reports & Photos

Wynberg U15A 2017

Wynberg’s U15A participated in the Somerset College Cricket Festival from 7- 10 January 2017; coach, Mr Bernard Loots, taking the U15 A-side reigns for the for the first time, reports on each of the matches:

Match 1 vs Somerset College

Wynberg lost the toss on a warm and windy summer’s day in Somerset West and were asked to bowl in a 60-over match against the hosts, Somerset College.

With the boys bullish and looking forward to the start of the season, the opening bowlers were disciplined and managed to extract some swing, notwithstanding the conditions. Hishaam Lagadien set the tone by bowling a consistently good line and length, managing to beat the bat on numerous occasions, but without much luck.

After 30-odd overs, the boys were staring down the barrel, as the hosts cruised to 120/2 with the set batsmen looking ominously dangerous. A great piece of fielding by Zaid Noor and Alex Borodin-Sleigh effected a run-out to break a strong partnership. As it so often goes in cricket, one wicket after a long partnership often results in a second soon. In our case, the wickets didn’t stop falling and Somerset’s innings came to a close as the last wicket fell on 167.

The Wynberg boys were confident that they would knock off the runs without a problem. At 80/2 we were looking set for an easy win. That however very quickly became 80/4 after a drinks break, with both set batsmen walking to the side. There were suddenly some nerves in the Wynberg camp, but an absolute cameo by Tristan Burnell, ably supported by Yaseen Sadien, ensured that Wynberg crossed the line to win the match by 6 wickets.

The lads have hopefully learned a thing, or two, as there is much room for improvement, but they got the tour off to a winning start. Tomorrow we’ll hit the ground running against St Stithian’s.

Special mentions
Hishaam Lagadien 9.5 2 28 2
Jared Southgate 10 2 27 2
Alex Borodin-Sleigh 11 1 38 3

Tristan Perez, Caught Matthew Beattie, 54 off 57 balls.
Tristan Burrell Not Out, 56 off 49 balls.

Match 2 vs St Stithian’s

After a positive start to the tournament, the boys were confident of getting their second scalp against St Stithian’s. Saints had lost by 4 wickets to Rondebosch the day before, in what was a closely contested match. A win against Saints would boost the Wynberg confidence even more … that was the thinking.

After winning the toss on a wicket that had been watered (perhaps a bit too much) the night before, Wynberg decided to have a bowl. The decision initially proved to be an inspired one, as St Stithian’s were battling at 11/3 after a brilliant opening spell of bowling by both Hishaam Lagadien and Jared Southgate. At 40/4 Wynberg had a golden opportunity to seize control of the match and kill it off as a contest. However, cricket very often won’t turn out the way one envisages. A couple of brilliantly patient partnerships and a lack of penetration from the Wynberg spinners allowed Saints to eventually post a very respectable 184 in their 50 overs.

The batsmen got Wynberg off to a fantastic start and at the first drinks break the score stood at 60-odd without the loss of a wicket, with Mike van Schalkwyk and Tristan Perez playing brilliant cricket. They were rotating the strike fantastically well and were very efficient in putting the bad balls away.

Again the Wynberg boys thought the game was in the bag, and in the dug-out the players were visibly relaxed and not focusing on what was going on in the middle. However, after the drinks break, as it goes with junior cricket, the wickets started tumbling. A massive middle-order collapse ensued after lack of application, and with no player taking responsibility, the game was turned on its head yet again. 15 Overs later the score stood at 90/6.

A late fightback led by Alex Borodin-Sleigh and Liam Lawrence made the game interesting again. However, it was a little too late and with the exit of Borodin-Sleigh, caught on the boundary, the game was done.

Saints won by 13 runs.

Hishaam Lagadien 5 12 2
Jared Southgate 10 40 2

Alex Borodin-Sleigh 38

Match 3 T20 vs Centurion

After yesterday’s disappointment, the boys were keen to get back to winning ways. After losing the toss we were asked to bat, which is what we would have done had we won the toss. Simon Schultz and Tristan Perez were asked to open the batting on another hot and windy morning. They were in inspired form, especially Schultz, who, to date in this tournament, had unfortunately been run out in game 1,  and then gone for a first ball duck in game 2.

Schultz timed the ball from the get go and was clearing the boundary rope with ease. Perez ably supported him by feeding him the strike. The pair put on a massive partnership of 149. Perez was run out for 47 off 53 balls and Shultz carried his bat to end with a magnificent 101 not out off 59 balls.

That partnership set the platform and enabled us to amass 160/2 in our 20 overs. We left a few runs on the table towards the end as the new batsmen struggled a bit to feed the strike to Schultz, but nonetheless, we felt that we had a winning score.

Simon Schultz, Not Out, 101 off 59 balls.
Tristen Perez, Run Out, 47 off 53 balls.

Bowling-wise, wickets started falling at regular intervals, but the boys appeared to just go through the motions. Catches were dropped, misfields occurred and the general intensity was not of the standard that we have become used to in the tournament. Having said that, the match had been set-up by Schultz and Perez, and Centurion was never in with a chance. The game was done when Centurion were bowled out for 90.

Wynberg won by 70 runs.

Match 4 T20 vs Rondebosch

This was the game we’d all been waiting for and the boys were switched on for it. Having not had a win against Bosch last year, the lads really felt that they had a point to prove, not only to themselves but to the school (and the opposition) as a whole.

In the howling wind, Zaid Noor won the toss and elected to bowl. After a jittery start, the wickets started falling at regular intervals, restricting Rondebosch greatly and we never let our foot off their throats throughout the innings. The spinners (Thaakir Luckan and Alex Borodin-Sleigh) bowled beautifully on a turning wicket, not allowing Rondebosch to get away. They were ably supported by Jared Southgate, but the man who made the crucial breakthroughs was Simon Schultz.

Schultzy had a fantastic day at the office and even bowled a maiden wicket, something to be proud of in T20 cricket.

Rondebosch were restricted to 122/5 in their allotted 20 overs and we were confident of knocking off the runs.

Schultz and Tristan Perez got us off to a flyer with Schultz hitting a MASSIVE six in the second over, losing his wicket attempting the feat a few balls later. Zaid Noor came in at three, but fell cheaply. Perez, however, kept us in the game by going at a run-a-ball, ably supported by Liam Lawrence. We were always ahead of the run-rate until suddenly there was a mini-collapse and the runs began to dry up.

Soon we found ourselves in a spot of bother, needing close on 30 runs off 3 overs, with 3 wickets left. Commeth the hour and in walks Jared Southgate. In the third last over Southy smacked 3 huge sixes, which set us up for the win. We needed 10 off two, but Southgate had other ideas. 4 Balls into the second last over and the game was done and dusted.

Wynberg won by 3 wickets.

It was a fantastic and very rewarding Festival. The boys are brimming with confidence, and the platform has been laid for what promises to be an exciting season.

T Perez, Caught Samuel Bovim,  33 off 31 balls.
L Lawrence, Run Out, 29 off 33 balls.
J Southgate, Not Out, 27 off 13 balls.

Bowler (Overs Maidens Runs Wickets)
S Schultz 4 1 21 3

Report, Mr Bernard Loots, U15A Coach 2017