By Dries Badenhorst – Curro Durbanville’s u15 and u19 cricket season could not have started on a more positive note. Both teams destroyed Monument High School’s respective teams this past weekend.
The u15’s recorded a victory by 253 runs. Curro set Monument Park a target of 295 runs in their 45 overs.
Dean Rautenbach (79) and Yazeed Arends (89 not out) destroyed the Monument Park bowling attack. These 2 complimented each other with Dean’s innings more aggressive and Yazeed’s more calculating. Khutsi Shabangu scored a personal best of 30 not out when he came to crease in the final few overs.
Tiaan Visagie made light work of Monument Park’s top order as he seemingly took wickets at will. Still u14, he was thrown into the deep end and opened the bowling with Khutsi. He kept it simple and once again proved that line and length is the ultimate secret to success. His final figures was 4 wickets for only 9 runs in his 5 overs.
Dean Rautenbach followed his sensational batting performance up with a 3 wickets in 3 overs for only 14 runs.
Monument Park High School was bowled out for 40 runs. Only Kenneth, their opening batsmen, managed to score some runs. His 32 was a valiant effort, but a very lone one. In total 7 of Monument Park’s batsmen failed to give the scorers any work.
The team is under no illusion that games will get tougher as the season progress. Coach Benade was obviously ecstatic with the clinical performance of the team. “It is one thing to be on top of another team. It is however another to keep the foot on the petrol, to keep focus and to continue playing clinical cricket. It is a good start, but it is only one victory. We need to work hard to ensure that we remain competitive throughout the rest of the season.”
In the u19 game, Curro also batted 1st. They seemed on track for a high score at 92/2, but collapsed and only managed to score 130 runs. Chris Johnston (27) and Joshua Dennis (29) were the best batsmen for Curro Durbanville. Due to the middle order’s collapse, Monument Park seemed in control of proceedings.
Joshua Dennis however bedazzled the Monument Park batting lineup with his leg spinners. He took 5 wickets for 27 runs in 8 overs. Cameron Hamilton and Jordan Siems also chipped in with two wickets each, to secure victory by 77 runs.