St Peter's Old Boys Cricket Match
After several Cataflams and Voltaren shots to the lower back, I have managed to recover somewhat to reflect on the Old Boys cricket event last Saturday.
Following on from last year’s successful Old Boys game against the Goblins, this year we hosted another mighty cricket clash between the Old Boys of two highly regarded prep schools - ST PETER’S vs THE RIDGE. The two matches were played in buoyant spirit with both young and old - a number of festive “20 Somethings” bringing lots of banter and great fun. One game was certainly played in a more competitive spirit whilst the “mixed ability” game enjoyed more humour and liquid refreshments.
It was great to see Graeme Holmes (certainly not one of the “20 Somethings”) with a flurry of sixes in the dying overs - batting with his son, James. Sadly, this late display of aggressive batting was for a losing cause as the St Peter's "mixed ability" side, who lost too many wickets at the wrong times in its chase of 197, fell 40 shy of the total. Top score for St Peter’s was Graeme Holmes on 31* followed by Ashton Drummond on 26 - the team was captained by James Faircliff.
It was left to our “A” team to demonstrate our proud cricketing history, which they did with a convincing win led by the batting heroics of Justin Attlee who retired on 51 not out. Gavin Alston, who captained the side, carried on where he left off in the early 80s with figures of 3 for 11 off 4 overs. A great team effort to defend a total of 170.
It was a fitting occasion to unveil the Cricket Honours Board which was donated by the Old Boys and is up in the Mvukuzane Pavilion. The board marks the 100s scored and five wicket hauls of St Peter’s first team Player’s who have represented the school over the years (the first entry is 1950).
We look forward to a period of recovery until next year's game. Hope to see you there.
It was lovely to see Nigel Edmundson who was part of the first class at S Peters in 1950. Nigel came to support the Old Boys and enjoyed watching an afternoon of cricket with his granddaughter, Paige, who is in the Girls Prep).