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Stanford hosts 3-day T20 cricket bash

Stanford Lake College (SLC) hosted the Trophy Toyota Stanford T20 Bash recently with Ben Vorster High School, Pietersburg High School and Merensky Agricutural Academy's teams competing for the top spot in their aptly coloured T20-style clothing.

SLC played against the Vossies first. SLC lost the toss and was asked to field first. SLC took three quick wickets before a 50-run partnership steadied the ship for Ben Vorster between Tihandre Ryneke and Ndjabulo Maseko. Ben Vorster managed to score 147 for 7 in their allotted 20 overs. The pick of the bowlers was Connor Veldsman, Tristan Brett and Joshua Doolabh each taking two wickets.

Stanford started the chase off well but lost three quick wickets which took them to 39 – 4 before Veldsman and Ryno Schultz put up a 64-run stand for the fifth wicket. Unfortunately, Veldsman lost his wicket soon after reaching 50 runs. Stanford fought hard but lost the game by 14 runs. Veldsman was selected as the player of the match. On the second day SLC faced off against Merensky. Stanford again lost the toss and was asked to bowl first.

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Merensky got off to a flying start before losing a wicket to a good catch from Zayd Moosa. Merensky got some good partnerships going before a couple of wickets pulled it back. The top run scorers for Merensky was Logan Jansen van Rensburg scoring 40 runs off 47 balls and JP Botha scoring 30 runs off 11 balls. Between Veldsman and Doolabh, SLC only conceded 17 runs for four wickets in the last four overs of the innings.

Merensky scored 153 for the loss of eight wickets in their allotted 20 overs with Veldsman taking three wickets for 16 runs and Doolabh taking two wickets. Stanford was bowled out for 99 within 19 overs. Timothy Baker, Topher Elphinstein, and Xander Schoeman each took two wickets for Merensky. Stanford lost the game by 54 runs. JP Botha was selected as the player of the match. Next Stanford faced log leaders Pietersburg High School in the last of the pool matches.

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Stanford chose to bat first and lost continuous wickets throughout the innings. Stanford found themselves at 68 – 9 before a 31-run partnership between Matthew Scriven, 16 runs off 15 balls, and Nakedi Makwaya, 13 runs off 17 balls, took the team to 99 runs before Matthew lost his wicket. The PHS team looked set to win the game by a big margin after being 71 – 0 after 10 overs. Matthew Allison and Veldsman put up a fight with Allison taking three wickets and Veldsman two wickets to restrict Pietersburg to win the game by 5 wickets.

Juan Randall and AJ Gallaway were the top batsmen for PHS as they scored 33 runs and 42 runs respectively. The player of the match was Hanno van Zyl, taking a wicket for 11 runs in his 4 overs, took a catch, and scored 18 runs off 6 balls. Due to the weather, the games on Sunday got cancelled. PHS was crowned as victors for the second year. Nicolas Oerlemans, from PHS, received the player of the tournament award, and Cilliers van der Merwe, took the catch of the tournament.

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