The history of cricket at Union High may not be as
long as rugby's but it is equally illustrious. The game
was introduced at Union in the late 1940's by headmaster
Herby Arnott. Having been a superior player himself, and
with his firm belief in the value of cricket as
educational tool, Herby Arnott developed cricket at his
school with vigor.
He established playing fields of exceptional quality by persuading local farmers to donate bales of wool to the school. These were sold and the money used to build the fields.
One of the founder members of the Cape School's Week, Union frequently won matches against more fancied city opponents.
Over the years, Union has supplied players for SA Schools, provincial and national teams.
|14 - 15 September||
UHS VS WOODRIDGE
UHS 1st XI vs Woodridge 1st - T20
On Friday the 1st XI played against Woodridge in a T20 at Botanics.
Woodridge batted first and scored 107 for 5 in their 20 overs.
Bowling figures: Sinethemba Ndudula 1/10 in 4 overs; Luke McNaughton 1/18 in 4 overs; Matt Harpur 1/20 in 4 overs.
Union then replied with 1008 for 2 in 18.3 overs winning the match by 8 wickets thanks to a outstanding 92 run partnership between Matt Harpur and Cowan Swartz.
Batting: Matt Harpur 44 not out; Cowan Swartz 41 not out.
UHS 1st XI vs Woodridge 1st - 50 overs
On Saturday Union took on Woodridge again in a 50 overs match.
Woodridge won the toss and sent Union in to bat.
After a shaky start losing two quick wickets Matt Harpur and Cowan Swartz knuckled down and put together a well-played 50 run partnership laying what was looking to be the perfect platform, however we lost both batsmen in short succession and left Luke McNaughton and Caerwyn Spence to try and rebuild the innings who managed a 40 run partnership. Unfortunately neither were able to take advantage of their starts and fell to good consistent bowling and we were bowled out for 159 in 48 overs.
Luke McNaughton 37
Caerwyn Spence 33
Cowan Swartz 30
Woodridge then came in to bat and Unions bowlers struggled to find their line and length coupled with a fair amount of missed chances allowed Woodridge to cruise to victory with only 5 wickets down.
Matt Harpur 3/35 in 7 overs and Brett Amsterdam 3/70 in 8 overs.
U/15A vs Woodridge U/15A - 50 overs
Woodridge batted first and scored 119 all out. Best bowlers: James Pienaar 3/20 in 10 overs; Josh Calitz 2/23 in 8 overs; Kyle-Luke Du Preez 2/20 in 7 overs.
Union went in to bat and replied with 117 all out. Best batting: Rogan Odendaal 49; Sisipho Arnolds 25.
Union lost the match by 2 runs.
|31 August - 1 September||
SENIOR CRICKET - UHS VS PEARSON
Friday, 31 August
UHS 1st XI (T20): UHS won by 7 wickets
On Friday the 1st XI got their season under way playing a T20 against Pearson. Union won the toss and sent Pearson in to bat. The bowlers immediately found their straps with maintaining a perfect line and length and put Pearson under pressure from the get go, striking with two quick wickets. The Union boys continued to build great pressure with the ball and had Pearson struggling at 76/5 after 17 overs. Unfortunately they were unable to capitalize on all their opportunities, which allowed Pearson to reach a total of 125 in their 20 overs. Pick of the bowlers were Matt Harpur finishing with figures of 3/22 and Brett Amsterdam 2/18 off their allotted 4 overs respectively. Union went in to bat and got off to a perfect start with a wonderful 36 run opening partnership between Brett Amsterdam and Luke Mc Naughton. Despite losing both openers in one over Matt Harpur and Cowan Swartz showed great maturity and batted with tremendous intent putting together a very well-played 56 run partnership, which then allowed Bowen Langmead to come in and play a blistering innings of 19 to take us across the line winning the game by 7 wickets. Special mention must be made of Matt Harpur who had a wonderful all round performance and finished on 50 not out with the bat.
Best bowling figures: Matt Harpur 3/22 in 4 overs; Brett Amsterdam 2/18 in 4 overs
Best batting scores: Matt Harpur 50 not out; Luke Mc Naughton 25; Bowen Langmead 19 not out
Saturday, 1 September
UHS XI (50 overs): lost by 8 wickets
On Saturday the 1st XI took on Pearson again in a 50 over match. Pearson won the toss and sent Union in to bat. Despite being full of confidence after their performance the previous day Union were unable to carry on where they left off with the bat. They were met with some wonderful accurate bowling and were never allowed to put any substantial partnerships together after the well grinded 40 run partnership between Brett Amsterdam and Matt Harpur. Union continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and could only manage a less than modest 108 all out.
Pearson went in to bat and Union immediately found their line and length striking in the very first over. They continued to bowl with great accuracy and were able to keep Pearson under pressure, however missed some chances which allowed Pearson to knuckle down and with little scoreboard pressure they were able to manage Union's score with only two wickets down winning the match by 8 wickets.
Best batting scores: Brett Amsterdam 25; Cowan Swartz 15
Best bowling figures: Cowan Swartz 2/34 in 8 overs
2nd Team (50 overs): lost by 181 runs
Pearson batted first and scored 239 for 5 in 40 overs. Sintu Nkosinkulu took 2 wickets for 39 in 8 overs. Union replied with 58 all out. Union lost by 181 runs.
Union batted first and scored 51 all out in 22 overs. Pearson replied with 52 without loss. Union lost by 10 wickets. U/15A (50 overs): lost by 10 wickets