Dean Peall’s four-wicket haul and Tapiwa Gadzikwa’s incredible death bowling helped Peterhouse Boys retain their CABS T20 title in a final played against St John’s College on Madden Field at St George’s College on Sunday afternoon.
Needing only nine runs off the last over to win their first ever CABS T20 title, St John’s looked set for a win. Nonetheless, Gadzikwa with one black swollen eye, had other plans. The Peterhouse Boys’ pace bowler did not only deny St John’s enough runs for a win, but picked up two wickets in the last over.
Earlier St John’s had started their chase of 156 well, scoring 21 runs without loss in the first two overs. Jason Murray’s team however, slowed down after the powerplay when Peterhouse spread their field. Peall was a hero as well as a villain in Peterhouse’s attack. The pace bowler failed to stop a couple of easy balls in the field that went all the way to the boundary and bowled four No Balls. However, Peall made up for his mistakes by picking up four crucial wickets. Such a comeback feat takes an awful lot of courage, as well as great team chemistry at schoolboy level.
St John’s skipper, Murray was bowled out leg before wicket after scoring 19 runs, including a six and two fours. Eli Snyman added runs on the board for St John’s and looked set to be the hero for his team but Peall’s accurate bowling took him out with 37 runs. Welch and Locke scored 23 and 18 respectively while King scored 26.
Peterhouse captain, Daniel Moolman gave credit to all his boys, claiming that it was a team effort that saw them defend their title. “Everyone played their part in the field and Campbell Saul had a great knock batting through the 20 overs. We knew that if we built pressure, they were going to go for the big shots and it’s a very big boundary and the wind was coming in as well. Gadzikwa’s bowling at the end was just something else”.
In the first innings Peterhouse scored a total of 155/3 after 20 overs, a score that many did not anticipate given that St John’s had bowled out Peterhouse for 68 on Saturday. The St John’s sports director, Ross Nel did concede though that it was a new day and there was a lot more pressure on the young lads in the final. Saul top scored for the Marondera team with 57 runs not out. Snyman, Hopper and Snatter picked up a Peterhouse wicket each.
Murray reminded the crowds why Zimbabwean schools sport is the best when he led his team in congratulating Peterhouse for the win, straight after the match. The camaraderie and sportsmanship was top notch throughout the weekend with the team spirit award being shared by Prince Edward and Falcon College
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