Saints 1st XI and Colts’ cricket teams rack up records

A happy Gerrit Badenhorst was one of three Saint Andrew's centurions in their huge innings of 578 for 4 in 50 overs against Saint Dunstan's.

The Saint Andrew’s 1st XI and Colts’ cricket teams racked up school records recently in massive victories over the visiting Saint Dunstan’s College.
Both teams comprehensively outplayed the visitors from Benoni on Friday (16 September) in T20 matches, with the 1st XI winning by 10 wickets and the Colts winning by 196 runs, but those victories proved merely to be the appetisers before an astonishing onslaught on Saturday (17 September).
After the previous day’s easy victories, both Saint Andrew’s teams were hoping to win the toss and bat. Fate smiled on them.
On Vossie’s Field, the Saint Andrew’s 1st XI posted a huge 453 for 4 in their visit to the middle. Garnett Tarr recorded his fourth century since the season started on 28 August, reaching 127 before he retired, while Gerald Coetzee belted 81, Calvin Flanegan 80, Marx de Villiers 56 and Ruan Cronjé an unbeaten 47.
Saint Dunstan’s never threatened in their reply. They mustered only 44 all out as Saint Andrew’s, who opted not to bowl the speedy Gerald Coetzee ahead of a busy tour of Zimbabwe, rolled through the visiting team’s batting.
Captain Calvin King captured 3 for 13 from his 10 overs, while De Villiers added a haul of 3 for 29 to his 56, and Franklin Damons took 3 for 0 in just two overs, leaving Saints the winners by 409 runs.
The Saint Andrew’s Colts won by an even greater margin. Corné Viljoen struck his second century in as many days to top score for Saints with 137, but he received stout support, with Gerrit Badenhorst contributing 107, Nathan van der Nest 102 not out, JD Bruwer 80 and Reece van Staden an undefeated 75, which helped the Bloemfontein boys to an outlandish 578 for 4.
In reply, Saint Dunstan’s limped to 43 all out, with Van Staden undermining their batting effort with a return of 5 for 11. Henré Koekemoer, meanwhile, picked up 3 for 31. That left Saint Andrew’s with a winning margin of 535 runs.