This year’s edition of the annual St John’s Ram Slam T20 tournament got underway at the Rolf Valley school in Harare this afternoon (25 September 2015). While it’s true to say that the tournament got off to a cracking start, that statement is not necessarily so for all eight teams taking part in the three-day tourney.
Prince Edward opened their campaign with a 19-run loss to the hosts, St John’s College. As early as the third over with Jayden Schadendorf and Michael Rossi at the crease for St John’s, Prince Edward found themselves on the backfoot as St John’s got the scoreboard ticking. Davies Murwendo marshalled Prince Edward’s chase of the 144 target set by St John’s. However, after he was caught with 42 runs to his name, his team struggled to pick themselves up.
In a closely contested match, St John’s went on to register a second win – by three wickets – against Peterhouse. Chasing a 156 target, the hosts found themselves under pressure from Peterhouse’s bowling attack. Lochlan Butler came on to bat with St John’s needing a run to win of two balls. He gave his side the victory off his first and sole strike in the encounter. Peterhouse’s loss to St John’s was off the back of a hard earned 14-run win over South African opposition, Michaelhouse.
St George’s College failed to register a win off of their two games on Day One of Ram Slam 2015. Their first loss came at the hands of Churchill who restricted them to 101 runs in their allotted 20 overs. While St George’s batting wasn’t as strong as it can be, their defensive bowling was enough to keep Churchill on their toes; however, the boys from Nigel Phillip Avenue prevailed by two wickets. In their second match of the day, St George’s set a decent 156 in 20 overs. Visitors from South African Clifton School chased down the target with relative ease to claim a huge nine-wicket win in 19 overs.
Falcon College recovered from a sub-standard fielding performance to chase down a 150 run total set by Churchill to post a four-wicket win in their first match of Ram Slam 2015. Batting fourth for Falcon, Adam Keefe inspired his team’s recovery with an unbeaten 69 runs.
Ram Slam 2015 continues this weekend with matches throughout Saturday and finals on Sunday. Stay tuned to SSN as all results, fixtures, detailed scorecards and action photographs are available on our tournament microsite at http://ramslam15.ssn.co.zw.
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