Uel Graham (NCU)
NCU Junior Squad v District North XI at Durbanville CC
The squad were warmly welcomed at Durbanville CC for a 9.30 start against a select XI which would prove to be tough opposition for the day.
NCU lost the toss and we were invited to bat first to make use of the firm, green wicket. The tourists were in early trouble at 32-3 with Adam Kennedy, Ben Beattie and Matthew Humphreys the early wickets. Sam Topping followed at 47/4 having weathered the impressive early quick spell from the Northern opening bowlers.
Matthew Daly fell soon after and at 53-5 the NCU were reeling.
Firstly James Lambert (35 off 36 balls) and James Rose (31 off 46 balls) shared a stand of 63 off 50 balls and after both were out in consecutive overs, Michael Waite (38 off 42 balls) and Adam Ly, recovering from a groin strain (24 not out off 41 balls) saw the NCU Juniors to a respectable 202 all out.
Best bowlers for Northern Districts were the impressive Ross Martin with 2-10 off 7.3 overs and Ethan Africa who had 3-12 off 5.
The Northern District innings began cautiously with Michael Waite and Matthew Daly also bowling well on a bouncy track.
Bowlers were rotated to try to make a breakthrough but to no avail and the home side retired both openers, John Johnston on 33 and Win van Reenan on 51. The seam bowlers, Waite. Daly. Lambert, Burke and Ellerby toiled way in the hot Durbanville sun. with Shane Burke the most impressive with 7 overs 1 for 22.
The spin options also bowled well in parts with the left arm spin of Carson McCullough and Ethan Hanna complemented by Matthew Humphreys who had 1-43 off his 6 overs. District North achieved their target in 39th over with NCU claiming only 3 wickets.
Despite the loss, lots of learning for the junior squad against a tough opposition. Easter Sunday will be spent in the hotel complex with some strategic and tactical morning sessions followed by the use of the hotel facilities (pool/beach volleyball/boules) to further add to the growing camaraderie that has built on the tour……
RESULT: NCU Junior Development Squad v District North at Durbanville CC, 31st March.
NCU 202 (43.2 overs/45 overs: M Waite 38, J Lambert 35, J Rose 31, A Ly 24*; E Africa 3-12, R Martin 2-10)
District North 206-5 (37.1 overs/45 overs: W van Reenan 51 ret., J Johnston 33 ret., E Africa 23)
District North win by 5 wickets
|Comment||NCU played 15. 11 batting 11, bowliing|
For NCU C Doak, C McCullough, E Hanna and A Johnston dnb
|A Kennedy||b R Martin||0||1||6||0||0|
|S Topping+||c C de Beer||b L de Klerk||14||77||67||1||0|
|B Beattie||c Y Aerendse||b E Africa||1||16||9||0||0|
|M Humphreys*||c S Grobelaar||b Y Aerendse||7||31||26||2||0|
|J Rose||b M Bester||31||69||46||3||0|
|M Daly||b S Grobelaar||5||3||7||1||0|
|J Lambert||c&b D Nothnagel||35||40||36||3||1|
|M Waite||c N Schipper||b E Africa||38||47||42||4||1|
|A Ly||not out||24||54||41||1||1|
|R Ellerby||c Angelo||b E Africa||0||1||1||1||0|
|S Burke||b R Martin||4||8||8||1||0|
|extras||(b2 lb1 w33 nb2)||38|
|TOTAL||10 wickets for||202|
|1-0(A Kennedy) 2-14(B Beattie) 3-32(M Humphreys) 4-47(S Topping) 5-53(M Daly)|
|6-116(J Lambert) 7-122(J Rose) 8-189(M Waite) 9-197(R Ellerby) 10-202(S Burke)|
|W van Reenen||4||1||8||0||1||-|
|L de Klerk||3||0||12||1||2||1|
|J Johnston||Retired Out||33||97||67||1||1|
|W van Reenen||Retired Out||51||95||77||7||1|
|L de Klerk||c M Humphreys||b S Burke||10||28||26||1||0|
|S Grobelaar||run out A Kennedy||11||41||35||0||0|
|E Africa||lbw||b M Humphreys||23||37||26||3||0|
|Y Aerendse||not out||19||30||27||1||1|
|C de Beer||not out||9||3||7||2||0|
|extras||(b7 lb2 w30 nb6)||45|
|TOTAL||5 wickets for||206|
|1-103(W van Reenen) 2-103(J Johnston) 3-125(L de Klerk) 4-144(E Africa)|
With the Senior squad a captain’s innings from Alex Haggan and another spell of magic with the ball from Aaron Wright was enough to see the Senior tourists to victory on the hottest day of the tour to date.
The early starts to games in this part of the world favours the side bowling first and this was very much the case as the NCU subsided to 65-5 in fourteen overs. With James Hunter joining Alex Haggan the scene was set for a revival of fortune and this pair put together a 61run partnership that took the total to 126 and from there, runs from Jack Burton batting down the order saw the NCU total 195.
An ‘interesting’ total according to the locals that promised a tight match and although the NCU left almost 8 overs unused their 195 was satisfying given the precarious position they found themselves in early on.
The District North reply started with a first ball dismissal for the dangerous Simon Schultz, James Magee with the unplayable ‘pitched middle, hit top of off!’ delivery.
Once again the off-spin of Aaron Wright tore the heart out of the opposition as he claimed a five wicket haul in consecutive days.
Only Kai Curran provided any resistance for the home side and his 47 was by far best contribution.
With James Magee returning to claim further two wickets and Matthew Foster doing likewise the win was wrapped up inside thirty overs which brought welcome relief from the gruelling conditions.
RESULT: NCU Senior Academy v District North at Durbanville CC, 31st March.
NCU 195 (42.1 overs: A Haggan 55, J Burton 25, O Metcalfe 24; T Wright 2-16, S Schultz 2-18, K Curran 2-20)
District North 84 (28.5 overs: K Curran 47; A Wright 5-10, J Magee 3-12, M Foster 2-13)
NCU win by 111 runs.