Activities at St Andrews are published weekly on a Wednesday in The St Andrews Star. This week we bring you some cricket, basketball and water polo reports.
St Andrew’s vs Grey 1st cricket
St Andrew’s College 1st cricket team won the toss on Saturday in their inter-schools match against Grey High School. St Andrew’s were keen to use the moisture in the pitch asking Grey to bat first on Lower Field which was in pristine condition. Grey was in a solid position at morning tea on 80/1. College bounced back in the next session picking up 5 wickets and halted Grey’s progress to 162/6 in 54 overs at lunch.
Tristan du Randt (45), Luke Beaufort (46) and Nicholas Fowler (40*) all looked solid at the crease for Grey. College did well to bowl Grey out for 201 in the 65th over. Ryan Ford (3/28) and Mzolisi Dotwana (2/27) led the pace attack and Nic Frances bowled superb off-spin, taking 5 wickets for 76 runs in 23 overs.
St Andrews College had to manage a tricky 40 mins before tea in search of the challenging total on a pitch which would give the Grey bowlers some assistance with the new ball. Grey’s left arm quick, Tiaan van Vuuren ripped into College’s top order before and after tea and College found themselves in trouble on 36/5. Grey never relinquished their stronghold on the innings and bowled College out for 103 at 5.30pm for a well-deserved victory. Tiaan van Vuuren (3/7) and Eliah Thorne (3/9) were the top Grey bowlers. Callum Francis looked threatening at the crease with his well-played 41 and it was disappointing that he ran out of support from his batting partners.
EC Schools Basketball
On Saturday 10 March, St Andrew’s College hosted the Eastern Cape Schools Boys U16 Basketball Festival and U18 Boys Championships. Teams from Umtata, East London and Port Elizabeth participated. The results were as follows:
St Andrew’s beat Kingswood College A: 37 – 15
St Andrew’s lost to KwezI Lomso: 18 – 23
St Andrew’s beat Grey: 45 – 22
St Andrew’s beat Coselelani High School: 38 – 8
The SAC 1st team had comfortable wins in their pool, over-coming Grey 2nds 62 – 13, Lawson Brown 44 – 14 and Umtata High School 37 – 19. College 1st team went on to play Grey 1sts in the Semi-Finals. College squandered a 6-point lead going into the last quarter to lose the game 31-32 after extra time.
Cap – Dio Tapela of St Andrew’s College 1st basketball team during his sides match against Grey
U14A and u15A Water Polo
The St Andrew’s College U14A and U15A teams participated in the annual Kingswood College Boys U15 water polo tournament.
The St Andrew’s U14 side played some really good polo to finish the first part of the season well and they can be proud of the way they played against much bigger and older opposition.
Their pool results were as follows:
Beat Graeme U15A: 10 – 0
Beat Kingswood U15A: 4 – 3
Lost to Grey U15A: 14 – 2
Lost to Pearson U15A: 3 – 0
Beat Woodridge U15A: 8 – 1
This meant the U14 team finished 3rd in their pool and played Grey U15B for the 5th and 6th place. Unfortunately, Grey was just too strong, but the U14s never gave up! They ended up going down 4-2 to finish in a respectable 6th position out 12. – Report by Graeme Lucas-Bull (U14A water polo coach)
The u15A team started the Kingswood U15 tournament in impressive style, yielding the following pool stage results:
Beat Kingswood Invitational: 18-0
Beat Merrifield: 5-2
Beat Grey U15B: 7-0
Beat Kingswood U14A: 13-0
Beat Alexander Road: 11-0
This put the team in the semi-finals where they were to play Pearson U15A.
The match was marred but costly errors in front of goal but in a dramatic penalty shootout the College boys won with a crucial save by Oliver Rose.
The final was a hard fought match with both teams playing inspired water polo. However, on the day the Grey U15A were too strong for the College boys and Grey ran out 4-0 winners. – David Mackenzie – Director of Water Polo at St Andrew’s