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St Andrews at Independent Schools’ Cricket Festival in Pretoria

St Andrew’s College 1st cricket side returned on Sunday from a testing Independent Schools’ Cricket Festival hosted at St Alban’s College in Pretoria.


In their first match of the festival, St Andrew’s faced Michaelhouse in a two-day game. Peter Jarvis (64) and Matthew Schaefer (50) held the College 1st inns together vs Michaelhouse. The bowlers led by the Dotwana brothers (Liyama and Mzolisi)) bowled superbly in the 2nd innings. Mzolisi’s 3/21 and Liyama’s 2/21 helped dismiss Michaelhouse for 167 in their 2nd innings leaving College a tough 235 runs to win in 45 overs. The College team had a dip at the target but unfortunately lost early wickets. James Mullins batted with great energy and intent securing the draw for College on 84 not out.

Michaelhouse had a firm grasp on the 2-day match from the start, while the College players showed resilience and a relentless spirit in search of a win.

Peter Jarvis (78) and Callum Francis (60*) set up a useful 230 run total in the 50 over match vs St David’s Marist, but it proved not enough on the day. St David’s and SA Schools opener, Jacob Miltz produced a sparkling 117 runs off just 121 balls to secure a comfortable win for St David’s.

On Sunday College posted 180 runs vs St John’s College (JHB). This was largely due to an entertaining 50 run partnership between Chris Poole and Ryan Ford. Earlier off-spinner Jack Lees’ tidy spell of 3/26 proved effective for St Johns. College made a steady start in their bowling innings, but the match was abandoned due to lightning.

Report by Carl Bradfield, Director of Cricket at St Andrew’s College

St Andrews bags silver at SA Schools Rowing Championships

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The St Andrew’s A Eight which won silver at the SA Schools Rowing champs are, from left to right, Ben Kroon, Geir Wilson, Joshua Purdon, Dane van Duren, Alex Pezarro, Liam Little, Sebastian Paton, James Plumbridge and Caleb Jevon. Image: Provided

Over the course of half term,  the St Andrew’s College Rowing Club took part in the South African Schools National Championships. This year saw the largest entry ever with just short of 4 000 participants from across the country.

St Andrew’s qualified 15 boats into “A finals” out of a possible 20 boat classes with all five of College eights being among these boats.

Highlights included:

  • Gold in the U16 Pairs by Brendan Mouritzen and Daniel Zahn
  • Silver and 5th in the Under 19 1st Coxed Fours
  • Bronze in the Under 16 Single Scull by Jason Thomas and 8th by Richard Southern
  • Bronze in the Under 19 Pairs by Liam Little and Dane Van Duren and 5th by Geir Wilson and Caleb Jevon
  • Bronze in the Under 16 Eight
  • 4th in the 2nd Eight
  • 6th in the Under 16 Coxless Four
  • 7th in the Under 14 Oct
  • 8th in the Under 15 Oct
  • 8th in the Under 19 Coxless Four

In the 1st Eights, two extremely competitive heats came down the course. Both heats saw four out of the six boats crossing the line together. Knowing the final was going to be tough, College approached the race with a calm demeanour and committed to stick to their plan. All eyes were on lane four, with favourites KES looking to claim the win. College had a good start, moving with the pack although slightly down on the opposition. St Benedict’s took the early lead although College moved on with the pack, crossing the 1000 metre mark in 4th position. It was the third 500 meters of the race where the College crew decided to fight back and managed to move themselves up into the medal positions. However, as the race drew closer to the line St Benedict’s held their lead well and fought any challenges thrown to them by College who finished in 2nd place. It was both a tense and exciting race and the College crew was pleased with their efforts and congratulated St Benedict’s on a race well rowed.

Overall St Andrew’s College Rowing Club was pleased with their efforts with the largest amount of finals seen in a number of years. College finished 3rd overall on the points table, a huge achievement by a club that is 30% smaller than the other top five clubs.

Chris Holliday – Director of Rowing at St Andrew’s

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