St John’s College Cricket Tour Report

St John’s College’s cricket first team toured South Africa to kick off their 2014 cricket season. This morning we received a report from Ross Nel – Sport’s Director at St John’s College. Below is the emailed report in its entirety.

We toured Grey College from Thursday the 9th of Jan until Monday the 13th of Jan 2014.

Our first game was against KES, St Johns Batted first and ended on a low total of 125 /10. In the bowling dept, we had KES 13/4 after 8 over’s. they Number 5 batsman is part of the SA squad at U19 level, a very talented and mature batsmen. He guided KES to a good 6 wicket victory.

Our 2nd game was a declaration game against Affies – they batted first and set 262/3 in 60 over’s, St Johns replied with  190/4 after 49 over’s, we should have faced 60 over’s but we only managed to get in 109 over’s in the day, where we should have got 120. This game ended in a draw, last year Affies beat us in the St Albans festival.

Our final game was against the hosts on their main oval, a fantastic ground and wonderful facility. They batted first and got off to a flyer, 60/0 after 10, we then managed to restrict them till tea time, leaving them at 120/5 after 25. They batted well and we bowled well, only giving away 3 extras in the final 25 over’s, our fielding was brilliant, but they kept getting singles, their running between wickets was the best I had ever seen at school boy level, in the last 7 over’s they made 64 runs with 3 boundaries hit only. Brilliant cricket all round by both teams.

We got off to a bad  start, at 14/3 in the 8th over, we recovered to 104/3 after 25 over’s at tea. After tea we lost wickets at regular intervals and struggled to get to their total. We were bowled out for 186/10 in 43 over’s.

The big difference between us and the SA schools is game time, Grey players had played over 12 games since December in their cubs week and provincial weeks and club games, and the other teams had also played a number of games before this tournament. Speaking to some the coaches at the festival, some of these boys play cricket year round, as well as other sports in the winter months.

It was a great tour and a good way to start the season

St John’s get their local league under-way this weekend when they face Churchill. All “A” teams will play at St John’s College while the “B” will battle it out at the Nigel Philip school.