The second day of the ongoing St John’s T20 tournament might have had fewer sixes hit than yesterday (Friday), but the bowlers kept the heat up with scorching deliveries that kept the batsmen on their toes – literally.
Churchill failed to live up to their name, in their failure to register a win in their pool and will meet Falcon in a seventh and eighth place play-off tomorrow. In the first session of the day, Churchill suffered a seven wicket loss to Peterhouse, while Falcon College was at the mercy of the hosts (St John’s) with an 80-run loss. The second session was no better for the two teams, as each of them picked up their third defeat of the tourney. Heath Streak’s boys, Falcon, lost their third match to Prince Edward and Churchill got another hiding from St George’s College.
Pool A log leaders, Michaelhouse and the hosts, clashed in search of a win to top the pool and proceed to face the second-placed team in Pool B in the semi-finals. St John’s emerged victorious with a decent five wicket win over the touring side. Shane Snatter top-scored for St John’s, coming three shy of half a ton, while K Hopper did the magic with the ball recording figures of 4/24 in four overs.
Peterhouse Boys, who moved to second place in Pool B behind St George’s after their victory against Churchill suffered the upset of the day when they lost to Hellenic Academy by five wickets. Hellenic bowlers, Jonathan Oldknow and Benjamin McCann took three wickets each and Jonty Hulley and Patrick Mambo grabbed two apiece, restricting the Marondera boys to a lowly 97 all out total in the 15th over. Captain, Daniel Moolman top-scored for Peterhouse with 32 runs.
Hellenic seemed to have lost firepower when they lost two of their top batsmen – Max Larkins and Kyle van Leeuwen – with ducks, but captain James Suddens and Jack Hawgood turned the game around with a solid partnership that pained Petrian hearts. Hellenic attained the target with 26 balls to spare.
St John’s skipper Jason Murray is confident that if his boys keep the ball in the right places against Hellenic in the semi-final, they have a good chance of progressing to the finals and have a shot at a successful title defence. However, Murray admits that Hellenic is a capable side that they will not be taking lightly.
It will be the battle of the reds when Michaelhouse faces off with St George’s in the other semi-final which commences at 14:30.