In what was ultimately a very exciting and draining day for the 1st XI, after a very successful tour, St Andrew’s College went down by the narrowest of margins to St George’s College in the final of the CABS St Georges Twenty Twenty Tournament in Harare. The final was decided by a super over after both teams had finished on 167 in their 20 overs. College did exceptionally well in the dying overs to restrict the St George’s batsman, but Zimbabwe u19 player Deon Myers was very definitely the difference between the two sides on the day.
The day had started off extremely well for the College XI as they beat St Johns Harare by 10 wickets, with James Mullins and Callum Francis playing very good innings.
In the final, College were put under early pressure as two of their in-form players, James Mullins and Guy Rushmere were dismissed cheaply. Batsmen of the Tournament, Callum Francis and Matthew Schaefer, then rebuilt the innings, before Francis was out for 48. Schaefer was dismissed shortly after reaching his half century and this meant that the innings lost the necessary momentum going into the break, despite the efforts of Ryan Ford and Chris Poole who ran brilliantly between the wickets in the final overs.
In the powerplay, St George’s were destructive, and this meant that College were always a step behind in their efforts to restrict the hosts. Spinners Chris Poole and Nicholas Frances bowled useful spells but it was left to Miles Danckwerts to bowl the last over, with just 7 needed by St George’s. A wicket off the final ball saw the scores tied at 167 each.
In the super over, Deon Myers scored 23 for St George’s, which ultimately proved too much for the College XI, and secured victory for the hosts.
This was yet again a fantastically well run and an enjoyable tournament to be a part of. Well done to Mr Bradfield and the St Andrew’s College 1st XI who were once again great ambassadors for their school and country and can be very proud of their efforts, despite just losing out at the final hurdle.