The 1st XI travelled to East London on Saturday and were sent into bat by Selborne College. The first hour was tough for the St Andrew’s batsman and Selborne were in a commanding position with St Andrew’s College on 29/2 with the 2 new batsman Guy Rushmere and Matthew Schaefer at the crease.
The St Andrew’s College batsman stayed composed and were resilient against the moving ball. The conditions settled then Guy Rushmere and Matthew Schaefer started to accelerate with purpose. Their 135 run partnership enabled St Andrew’s College to declare at lunch setting up an exciting run chase of 230 in 56 overs for Selborne. Guy Rushmere’s 122 not out came off 162 balls which included 11 x 4’s and 4 x 6’s and epitomized an innings from a number three batsman. Matthew Schaefer’s determined 52 provided the support for his captain in their much needed partnership.
Selborne were quiet at the start of their innings on what was now a superb batting pitch and there was a boundary option hitting with the strong Westerly wind blowing in East London. St Andrew’s College waited for a Selborne onslaught, but it unfortunately never arrived and the two Captains shook hands for a draw with Selborne on 140/4. Up front Jason Bader made 57 and Callen Watson 44 for Selborne and it was a pity not to see their talented ball striker Ethan Boucher in full flight in pursuit of the 230 for victory.