The Slamming Has Begun

The St John’s College T20, Ram Slam 2013 kicked off this morning at St John’s College with the first set of matches commencing at 11:50.

In the first round Peterhouse faced St George’s while, Prince Edward played the touring side from South Africa, Michaelhouse. New-boys Hellenic Academy had a bit of an up and down day, winning against Churchill before going down to St George’s soon after. The hosts, St John’s played their first match of the tourney at 14:40 against Prince Edward. Falcon College also made their first appearance in the afternoon against Michaelhouse.

St George’s struggled against Peterhouse losing by 4 runs, but picked up the tempo in their second game against Hellenic. Sixteen-year-old, K Matigimu scored his first 50 at the tournament in the fifth over against Hellenic. Nonetheless he was denied a ton, as he was caught in the seventh over. But for his 28-ball (faced), 83-run stand, he got a standing ovation as he walked off. A 250 target proved to be too high a target to chase for the Hellenic boys, as they went down by 171 runs.

Prince Edward suffered two defeats, one at the hands of Michaelhouse and at the mercy of St John’s College, who beat them by eight wickets. Churchill is the only team in Pool B that ended the day without a win, but in their defence, they only played one game today.

Tournament sponsors, Health International, have put a couple of drums on the edges of each field. If a batsman hits the drum with a six, he gets a cash prize of US$50 when he walks off the field. No player got this prize money today as some of the sixes came particularly from Hellenic, who sent four sixes over the St John’s College boundary fence, instead of just over the boundary where the drums are placed.

The same cannot be said for the Pizza Inn vouchers though. Innscor through their Pizza Inn brand have sponsored 200 vouchers, for sixes hit throughout the tournament. With the slamming on show today, it seems like Pizza Inn might have to sponsor more vouchers if they are to last the weekend. Prince Edward skipper, Tarisai Musakanda earned seven pizza vouchers from one game.

Saturday’s games commence at 09:00 and only two games will run per session. See all fixtures on the tournament page here.

Image credits: Tendai Mataruka