The annual Shaw/Brown trophy hosted by Kingswood College under the City Lords’ lights produced quality 20/20 cricket and a spectacle for all who were following the matches. St Andrew’s College posted a competitive 155 run total vs Graeme College. Eastern Province left arm swing bowler Siphesihle Madlongolwana was again superb for Graeme in the power play. He produced figures of 2/22 and pegged College back who responded equally well with a beautifully engineered 99 run partnership off 72 balls by Peter Jarvis and Guy Rushmere. Peter Jarvis’s 67 came off 50 balls and Guy Rushmere’s 56* came off 49 balls.
Bavu Manyakanyaka 49 (32) and Jeremy Beyleveld 27 (25) lead the Graeme onslaught and looked destined to finish the match off with balls to spare. However to St Andrew’s College’s credit they remained focus. Daniel Erasmus, Ryan Ford and Guy Rushmere all bowled economical and telling overs as College snatched an exhilarating tie out of a match that Graeme College had controlled for most of the evening.
On Saturday morning Graeme managed a convincing win vs Kingswood which meant St Andrew’s needed to beat Kingswood in the day/night encounter to retain the trophy. Any other result would crown Graeme College the Shaw/Brown champions.
St Andrew’s College won the toss and elected to bowl first. Kingswood’s opening batsman Justin Potgieter came alive and stole the show with a magnificent 128 off just 61 balls. It was a significant knock from Justin, Kingswood’s stalwart team man who countered every College strategy. Kingswood posted a formidable 199 run total for the now inspired College batsman to chase. Josh van Holdt bowled up front with pace unsettling the College batsman who were again like in the Graeme match pegged back and in much difficulty on 33/2 after Kingswood dominated the 6 over power play. Guy Rushmere steadied the St Andrew’s College innings with a well-played 37 off 30 balls. Thereafter the runs chase was left to the possible splendour of Callum Francis. Callum gave it his best and a stroked a valiant 66 of just 30 balls, but it was not enough and the College innings finished on 182/8 with Kingswood winning the match by a well-deserved 17 runs.
Graeme College can be proud holders of the Shaw/Brown T20 trophy in a celebrated year for their team. Thanks very much to Kingswood and to all concerned for another fine weekend of the much anticipated white ball event.