The St Andrew’s College 1st XI traveled to Pretoria for the Independent Schools Cricket Festival over the half-term break, hosted by St Alban’s College.
Unfortunately, weather played a major part in the festival, with three of the five days being affected, with results being very much in the balance when called off.
In the first game St Alban’s set College 266 to win, with College ending on 89/3 before the players were called off for lightning, the game finally being abandoned.
In the second game against St David’s, College lost the toss again, and were sent in to bat. Contributions from Brad Storrer with 35, Sibusiso Mxube with 39 and a well-played 51 from Sean Conroy saw College set St David’s a total of 210. When the game was abandoned, the game was in the balance with St David’s on 78 for 2 with close to half the overs bowled.
On day 3 College played against Bishops. Zach Micklewright played a wonderfully fluent innings, scoring 148. This should have set the team up for a total of around 280, but unfortunately, a very poor session after the second drinks break saw College bowled out for 248. The game went back and forth with both teams striving for victory. Eventually, it was Bishops who managed to secure a narrow 2 wicket victory with three balls to spare.
On the last day, College came up against a fired-up St Stithians side. A disappointing batting collapse ensured that St Stithians were never really challenged.
This draws to a close the cricket season for the 1st XI. Many lessons were learned and there were many positives to take into the Michaelmas Term to come.