St Charles College first XI played host to Clifton College on The Saints Oval on Saturday, 18 January 2020 in what was the first outing in the first term of the new year. Clifton College won the toss and elected to bowl.
After a slow start, the St Charles College middle order came to the fore in the latter half of the innings and took the total to a defendable 179/7 off the allotted 50 overs.
Feature image: St Charles College badge and motto Fideli Certa Merces… to the faithful one a certain reward.
Chaise Botha (39), Keegan Crawford (37) and Matthew Erasmus (33*) were the pick of the Saints’ batsman.
Clifton, in reply, got off to a quick start after SCC had set attacking fields, but after a few quick wickets before the 10th over, they were unable to keep up the momentum.
At afternoon tea, Clifton were 89/8 and the game was ultimately sealed.
Disappointingly, the Saints were unable to make quick inroads into the bottom order and were made to wait until the 42nd over to seal a comfortable 38-run victory, this after Clifton were eventually out for 141.
Teague Ridgway top-scored for Clifton with a fighting 52.
Seamer Steven Scott, with 3 wickets, was the pick of the SCC bowlers.
Match info supplied courtesy of St Charles College.
The impressive St Charles College first XI win against Clifton comes on the back of a commanding 42-run victory over the Grey College first XI in Bloemfontein, to make it two emphatic victories from two outings for the Saints first XI this year.
Nathan Lunderstedt was the mainstay of the Saints innings vs Grey College in Bloemfontein, while Saints fast bowler Keegan Crawford wreaked havoc amongst the Grey College batsmen, backed to the hilt by Lunderstedt.
Saints scores in brief vs Grey College in Bloemfontein
St Charles College 140 all out (Nathan Lunderstedt 53)
Grey College 98 all out (Keegan Crawford 5/29 in 7 overs, Nathan Lunderstedt 3/14 in 5 overs)
St Charles College won by 42 runs
OTHER SAINTS vs CLIFTON RESULTS
Saints 84 all out (Cox 4-18, Vincent 3-28)
Clifton won by 7 wickets
Clifton 109 all out (Rajcoomar 34)
Saints 110/1 (McGuire 42)
Saints won by 9 wickets
Clifton 198 all out (Reddy 31, Pillay 32, Armitage-Graves 36)
Saints 111 all out (Wasenaar 32, Sonitis 3-11)
Clifton won by 87 runs
Clifton 164 all out (Riley 26*)
Saints 148 all out (Tillard 4-29)
Clifton won by 16 runs
Clifton 73 all out
Saints 74/1 (Fortman 31)
Saints won by 9 wickets
KZN10.com observation: What is remarkable in the above record of 3 wins apiece is the decisive nature of the victories, the closest outcome being 16 runs in the U15A game.