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.
|11 - 13 January||
UHS Cricket Festival
UHS vs Glenwood (Durban) - declaration match: Glenwood won the toss, elected to bat first and scored 237/10. Union went in to bat, but struggled with the bowling and lost wickets in constant intervals. The Union boys only managed to get 120/10. Union lost the game by 118 runs. Cowan Swartz bowled very well and took a 5 wicket haul.
UHS vs Stirling: UHS won the toss and elected to bat first. The batsmen applied themselves much better and they scored 217/8. Stirling went in to bat and batted well (208 all out) but at the end of the day Union High was good enough to close the game and secure a victory. UHS won by 9 runs. Once again Cowan Swartz batted well and scored an unbeaten 58 not out.
UHS vs Milnerton - Pro 20: Union won the toss and elected to bat first. A fantastic opening partnership between Ronan Retief and Brett Amsterdam had Union at 134/0 after 15 overs. After Ronan got dismissed the run rate went down, but a steady innings from Brett made sure we could get to a very good total off 166/4 after 20 overs. Milnerton went into bat and the Union boys took early wickets. Milnerton reached a total of 139/8 and Union High won the game by 27 runs. Ronan Retief scored a blistering 83 and Brett Amsterdam and batted out 20 overs and scored an unbeaten 56 not out.
|30/9 - 2/10||
Cape Schools Cricket Week
Union High vs Paul Roos
On the first day Union played Paul Roos Gymnasium in a time cricket match. Paul Roos won the toss and elected to bat first, scoring 254 for 6 in their 65 overs. Matt Harpur took 3 wickets, Cowan Swartz 2 and Sinethemba Ndudula 1.
When Union went in to bat, they played for a draw, but unfortunately got bowled out with one ball left.
Paul Roos won the match by 174 runs.
Union High vs Dale College
Union won the toss, elected to bat first and scored 124 runs, with Luke McNaughton scoring a beautiful 52 runs off only 35 balls. When Dale went in to bat, Union limited them to 80 runs all out. Waylon du Plessis took 4 wickets, and Matt Harpur and Brett Amsterdam two each. Union won the match by 44 runs.
Union High vs Queens College
Again Union won the toss and elected to bat first and scored 202 runs all out. Matt Harpur scored 36 runs, Sinethemba Ndudula 35 and Bowen Langmead 30.
Union bowled Queens out for 96 runs. Waylon du Plessis and Matt Harpur each took 4 wickets and Cowan Swartz took 2. UHS won 106 runs
Union High vs St Andrews High School (Bloemfontein)
St Andrews won the toss and batted first, scoring a total of 294 runs. Sinethemba Ndudula and Cowan Swartz took 3 wickets each and Matt Harpur took 2.
Unfortunately the target was just too high for the Union boys and they were bowled out for 88.
St Andrews won the match by 206 runs.
Cricket vs Brandwag
On Saturday morning, Union’s 1st XI cricket team left for Asante Sana for their annual clash against Brandwag. Brandwag won the toss and decided to bat first. Union took two quick wickets at the start of the innings, but once again let themselves down in the field with drop catches, allowing Brandwag to score 214 for 9 after 40 overs. Matt Harpur and Sinethemba Ndudula took 3 wickets each.
When Union went in to bat, they also lost a few early wickets, but got themselves back into the game with good partnerships. Unfortunately it was too little too late, as they only managed to score 200 runs for 9 wickets after 40 overs. The top batsmen were Matt Harpur, with 60 runs, Ocean Wilma with 28 and Sinethemba Ndudula with 32.
Union lost the match by 14 runs.
In a rain-interrupted 40 over match in Uitenhage, Brandwag won the toss, elected to bat and were bowled out for 108 runs in the 30th over. Kwezi Simon took 4 wickets for 32 runs and MJ Newton effected two stumpings off of the bowling of Kyle-Luke du Preez.
With a 2nd wicket partnership of 78 runs between Bowen Langmead (43) and Brett Amsterdam (35 not out), Union reached the Brandwag score in the 14th over.
Union won the match by 8 wickets.
Cricket vs St Andrews High School,
1st Team: St Andrews won the match by 5 wickets
In the limited overs cricket match against St Andrews this weekend, Union High won the toss and elected to bat first. The boys batted well under a good bowling attack from St Andrews, led by arguably the fastest schoolboy bowler in South Africa. Union lost wickets upfront, but a brilliant innings by Matt Harpur and a good partnership with Noa Cilliers, ensured that they achieved a score of 153 for 10 after 47 overs. Matt Harpur top scored with 64 runs off 99 balls.
Union started their bowling attack and had St Andrews at 21 runs for 3 wickets after 12 overs, but the St Andrews boys managed to get partnerships going and reached Union’s total in the 36th over with 5 wickets down. The top bowler was Sinethemba Ndudula, who took 2 wickets in 9 overs for 27 runs.
St Andrews won the match by 5 wickets.
U/15: St Andrews won the match by 163 runs
The top bowlers were Brett Amsterdam, who took 3 wickets for 22 runs, Bowen Langmead 2 for 52 and Kwezi Simon 2 for 46. The top batsmen were Brett Amsterdam scored 26, James Pienaar 21 and James Pringle 15.
|Sep 7 - Sep 9||
Pearson Cricket Festival
UHS vs Somerset College (T20): UHS lost by 30 runs
Matt Harpur took 1 wicket for 16 runs in 4 overs, Sinethemba Ndudula, 1 for 27 runs in 4 overs, and Waylon du Plessis 1 wicket for 22 runs in 3 overs.
Waylon du Plessis scored 21 runs off 40 balls and Ronan Retief 23 runs off 30 balls. Matt Harpur was not out on 31 runs off 26 balls and Luke McNaughton not out on 42 runs off 25 balls.
UHS vs Woodridge College (T20): UHS lost by 53 runs.
Sinethemba Ndudula took 1 wicket for 33 runs in 4 overs, Waylon du Plessis, 2 wickets for 20 runs in 4 overs and Matthew Broeksma, 1 wicket for 35 runs in 4 overs.
Batsmen Luke McNaughton scored 41 runs off 34 balls and Matt Harpur, 24 runs off 19 balls.
UHS vs Westering High School (time): Match drawn
Luke McNaughton top scored with 25 runs in the first innings and that brilliant 69 in the second innings.
Waylon du Plessis took 4 wickets for 32 runs in 11 overs, Sine Ndudula took 3 for 40 in 13 overs, Matt Harpur took 2 for 20 in 8 overs and Brett Amsterdam, 1 for 16 in 6 overs.
UHS vs Victoria Park (50 over): UHS won the match by 7 wickets
Waylon du Plessis took an astonishing 6 wickets for only 13 runs in 7.2 overs. Sinethemba Ndudula, Luke McNaughton and Brett Amsterdam each took 1 wicket.
The top batsmen were Matt Harpur, with 19 runs not out and Waylon du Plessis with 18 runs off 35 balls.
UHS vs Pearson
1st Team: On Saturday, Union High kicked off the cricket season by playing Pearson in Port Elizabeth. Union won the toss and elected to bat first. The team lost two early wickets in the first five overs due to good bowling from the opposition, but Matt Harpur and Trevor Moos batted very well, and got the team to 65 runs with the loss of only 2 wickets in 25 overs. They were set to build a good score. Unfortunately wickets were lost at regular intervals and Union was bowled out for 94 in the 44th over.
Union started their bowling attack and took regular wickets throughout the innings, which made the match very exciting. Pearson reached the Union score in the 35th over, winning the match by 3 wickets.
Top batsmen were Matt Harpur with 34 runs, Luke McNaughton with 18 and Trevor Moos with 17. Top bowlers were Sinethemba Ndudula, who took 3 wickets for 13 runs in 10 overs, Matthew Broeksma with 1 wicket for 14 in 6 overs, Waylon du Plessis with 1 wicket for 15 in 9 overs and Luke McNaughton, who took 2 wickets for 17 runs in 4 overs.
2nd Team: Pearson won by 8 wickets
U/15: Pearson won the match by 166 runs.