St Andrew’s College 2024 UK Cricket Tour - St Andrew's College

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St Andrew’s College 2024 UK Cricket Tour

The St Andrew’s College 1st XI has recently enjoyed a cricket tour of the UK.

21 June:

After losing the toss at the picturesque Whitgift School grounds yesterday, the touring St Andrew’s College 1st XI found themselves in the field for their first match. Roman van Zyl started with a wicket off the first ball of the game, and soon got his second, leaving Whitgift at 13/2. Two good partnerships and a flourish at the end saw Whitgift finish on 327/5, an impressive performance after the early pressure exerted by College.

In the afternoon session, the College batsmen went about their tasks confidently and were always up with the rate. It was at the loss of William Beamish for a well-played 57 that left the lower order to try and keep them in the game. Myles Sansom played his hand with a well-constructed 76 off 76 balls but College was eventually bowled out for 268, going down by 59 runs.

Cricket is a game of small margins at this level and if a few chances had been taken, it may have ended very differently. Many thanks to Mr Neil Kendrick and Whitgift for their wonderful hospitality.

22 June:

The St Andrew’s College 1st XI lost the toss in their second match against Cranleigh School. With the ball in hand, we did not hit the lengths we needed to front and Cranleigh started aggressively. After the first drinks break it was again Oliver Johns and Tom Bussiahn who put the brakes on the opposition, bowling to a plan and picking up crucial wickets, never allowing Cranleigh to dominate and accelerate at the death. Johns finished with 4/34 showing great control and energy. Cranleigh ended with 247/9 in their 50 overs.

It was always going to be a difficult chase on a pitch that was showing a bit of wear against one of the England u19 opening bowlers. William Beamish and Rhys Wiblin did superbly to see off both openers and put on 40 for the first wicket. Murray Wilson and Myles Sansom scored quickly against the spinners and kept the run rate required at an acceptable level. Alex Price also played aggressively for his 42. There was no big partnership however and this meant that it was left to the tail to see College over the line, which they achieved in the 49th over, 8 down. Oliver Johns and Alastair de Kock found themselves unbeaten on 30 and 25 respectively, College winning by 2 wickets.

It was a far better performance in the field by College, and it was good for them to get over the line under pressure.

Many thanks to Cranleigh for their wonderful hospitality, it was a great addition to the fixture list.

23 June:

In their 3rd game of the tour of England, the St Andrew’s College 1st XI cricketers won the toss and chose to bat against Malvern College. A slow but solid opening stand, followed by aggressive half-centuries from Murray Wilson and Myles Sansom saw College to a competitive 290/7 after their allotted 50 overs.

With the ball, College was never able to exert any pressure on the Malvern batsmen, who batted with good intensity and awareness. Some lapses in the field also cost the College fielders and Malvern secured a comfortable 8-wicket win in the 47th over.

25 June:

As St Andrew’s College 1st XI starts to get used to the English conditions, they have won their past two games, against Clifton College and Sherborne School.

Against Clifton College in Bristol, we found ourselves in the field first and despite a tricky start, we pulled it back strongly, taking some crucial catches.

Clifton was bowled out for 163 on a wicket that was taking turn. Tom Bussiahn and Laurie Apps bowled well together and picked up 5 of the Clifton wickets between them.

At the crease, the College team again got starts, but lost wickets consistently throughout the innings, leaving it up to the lower order to see out the game. Sam Scheckter played maturely to end on 36 not out with St Andrew’s College eventually getting home by 3 wickets.

The team travelled to Sherborne School where we won the toss and elected to bat first. Murray Wilson and Rhys Wiblin batted superbly together putting on a 305-run partnership. Captain, Murray Wilson ended on 169 not out and Wiblin on 114 not out. College ended on 369/1 in their allotted 50 overs.

Early wickets from Joe Wostenholm and James Badenhorst meant that Sherborne was always under pressure in the chase. Again, the spinners picked up wickets, with Tom Bussiahn picking up 4/14 and Laurie Apps 2/56. Sherborne was bowled out for 169, College winning by 200 runs.

Many thanks to both Clifton College and Sherborne School for their hospitality. We also wish Sherborne School all of the best in their fund-raising efforts for the Ruth Strauss Foundation.

27 June:

The 1st XI played Charterhouse in what is a spectacular setting. Choosing to bat first, after the early loss of Rhys Wiblin, Mitch Coventry and Murray Wilson played well, both registering half-centuries. St Andrew’s College ended with 243/5 in their 40 overs, Sam Scheckter and Myles Sansom playing aggressively at the death putting Charterhouse under pressure.

Joe Wostenholm bowled with great energy with the new ball, picking up two early wickets. All the bowlers then played their part in the middle overs and were backed up well in the field. Charterhouse was eventually bowled out for 87.

28 June:

In what ended up being a nail-biting finish, the St Andrew’s College 1st XI narrowly went down off the last ball in their 20-over match at Old Deer Park in Richmond on Friday evening. After putting up a competitive total of 156/5, thanks to good contributions from William Beamish, 47, and Sam Scheckter, 41 not out, it was the OA team that managed to get the three runs needed off the last ball, thanks to a mature cameo from Warwickshire Bears player, Chris Benjamin.

It was good to see legend OA leg spinner Simon Taylor continue to bowl with such control. His first spell of 2/7 in 3 overs set the College XI back after a good start. He was well supported by fellow leg spinner, James Quarmby.

With the bat, patient knocks from the Rushmere brothers, David and Andrew, saw the OAs off to a positive start. However, once both had departed, the pressure was on for someone to win it for the OAs. Professional, Benjamin did just that, scoring the 14 needed off the last over, despite the best efforts of Roman van Zyl, who was unlucky to not get rewarded for what was a well-constructed final over. A scampered 3 off the last ball saw the OAs to victory.

Thanks to the OA team for making the time to play the fixture which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Special mention must be made of David Rushmere who put the team together at short notice.

To the other OAs, parents, and old DSG girls who attended the match, thank you for your continued support, it created a wonderful atmosphere, and it was an opportunity for many to connect. It was a special day indeed.

Thanks also to Old Deer Park for the use of their facilities and for the braai that was held after the cricket.