The first game of the NCU Under 15’s trip to South Africa started in relatively cool overcast conditions at WPCC on Saturday morning. Mathew Humphreys lost the toss and Newlands Boys High school decided to bat first. The Wallace High combination of Michael Waite and Cameron Doak got the NCU off to the best possible start, Doak taking two wickets in his first over and Waite one in his second to leave the hosts struggling at 9/3.

However some strong middle order batting aided by over thirty wides made it look as if a total of well over 250 was possible, but wickets for Shane Burke, Matthew Humphreys and Rory Ellery helped keep the NCU in the game.

The brakes were then really applied by Michael Waite and Adam Kennedy who bowled the last ten overs of the innings and restricted Newlands to just twenty eight runs. They bowled full and straight and restricted the batsmen to only two boundaries. Waite finished with 4-30 and Kennedy 1-18

The NCU innings was opened by Shane Burke and Sam Topping who put on 32 for the first wicket before Burke was caught behind. Topping was joined by skipper Humphreys and together they batted excellently in a partnership of eighty four. Humphreys was caught and bowled for 36 and the thirteen year old Topping was eventually retired for 56.

A couple of wickets fell cheaply and with the run rate mounting, it needed someone to increase the momentum. Mathew Daly arrived at the crease and smashed thirty off just fifteen balls to bring the NCU right back into the game. However when he was bowled, and quickly followed by the three wickets, at 198/9 the game looked lost.

But the Instonians pair of James Lambert and Rory Ellerby kept their heads and aided by a straight six and four from Lambert they won the game with a scrambled single off the last ball.

All fourteen players participated in the game, and considering the boys had not played since last September they showed great spirit and commitment and were absolutely delighted with their win.

Newlands Boys’ High School v NCU U15 XI at Western Province Cricket Club - 24 March 2018

Newlands Boys’ HS - 217 (45 overs: A Mafanga 54, A Bayoumi 47, A Scullard 37; M Waite 4-30, C Doak 2-4)

NCU U15 XI - 218/9 (44 overs: S Topping 56 ret., M Humphreys 36, M Daly 30; J Adams 2-35)

Scorecard

Newlands High School Vs NCU Junior Academy
1-Innings Match Played At Western Province CC, 24-Mar-2018, Junior Academy
NCU Junior Academy Win by 1 wkts

Toss won by Newlands High School
Home Side Newlands High School
Comment Players per side; NCU 14, Newlands 12 - 11 batting 11, fielding
NCU - C Doak, A Ly & E Hanna dnb
Newlands - Siyanda Gexa dnb.

Newlands High School 1st Innings 217/10 Closed (Overs 45)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Min Bls 4s 6s
J Adams lbw b M Waite 6 10 7 1 0
A Tsaka   b C Doak 0 1 2 0 0
A Husain Mukaddam c J Lambert b C Doak 0 2 3 0 0
A Bayoumy c M Daly b S Burke 47 110 84 7 0
A Scullard   b M Humphreys 37 66 49 4 2
A Mafanga c S Topping b M Waite 54 111 75 7 0
Y Nkettle c J Rose b R Ellerby 11 25 15 1 0
S Falake c M Waite b A Kennedy 15 21 22 2 0
G Theys c R Ellerby b M Waite 3 13 14 0 0
S Nkundla not out   2 5 4 0 0
L Mantyi   b M Waite 0 1 2 0 0
extras   (b0 lb2 w33 nb7) 42        
TOTAL   10 wickets for 217        
FOW
1-7(A Tsaka) 2-9(A Husain Mukaddam) 3-9(J Adams) 4-92(A Scullard) 5-126(A Bayoumy)
6-170(Y Nkettle) 7-202(S Falake) 8-211(G Theys) 9-217(A Mafanga) 10-217(L Mantyi)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
M Waite 7 0 30 4 5 -
C Doak 3 1 4 2 3 -
M Daly 3 0 19 0 4 -
J Lambert 5 0 15 0 5 -
E Hanna 6 0 20 0 - -
M Humphreys 5 0 37 1 8 2
S Burke 4 0 24 1 1 -
R Ellerby 3 0 21 1 3 2
J Rose 4 1 27 0 3 3
A Kennedy 5 0 18 1 1 -

NCU Junior Academy 1st Innings 218/9 Closed (Overs 42.5)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Min Bls 4s 6s
S Burke c S Falake b A Mafanga 9 27 30 1 0
S Topping+ Retired Out   57 130 89 8 0
M Humphreys*   c&b A Tsaka 36 67 57 5 0
B Beattie c J Adams b S Nkundla 13 28 24 1 0
C McCullough   b A Tsaka 0 1 1 0 0
M Daly   b J Adams 30 17 15 2 2
J Rose   b A Scullard 2 9 11 0 0
A Kennedy   b A Bayoumy 5 18 11 0 0
J Lambert not out   18 20 16 0 1
M Waite   b J Adams 1 4 5 0 0
R Ellerby not out   5 7 6 0 0
extras   (b2 lb5 w29 nb6) 42        
TOTAL   9 wickets for 218        
FOW
1-32(S Burke) 2-116(M Humphreys) 3-141(S Topping) 4-141(C McCullough)
5-145(B Beattie) 6-165(J Rose) 7-190(M Daly) 8-194(A Kennedy) 9-198(M Waite)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
S Nkundla 8 1 59 1 14 -
L Mantyi 4 0 17 0 2 2
A Mafanga 3 0 9 1 1 -
G Theys 4 0 13 0 - -
A Bayoumy 6 1 33 1 2 -
A Husain Mukaddam 5 0 22 0 1 -
J Adams 6.5 1 35 2 2 3
A Tsaka 5 1 21 2 5 1
A Scullard 1 0 2 1 2 -