Rhenish Primary School, Stellenbosch, walked away with the shield and bragging rights of this year’s DistrictMail/Beaumont Sixes Tournament.
The annual cricketing spectacle, held on Saturday 27 October, saw 12 teams from the Helderberg and surrounds battle it out to win the crown. In the end, the u-13 charges of the Stellenbosch school sealed the deal and clinched the crown after a hard-fought final against Somerset House.
The 24th instalment of the popular tournament, a highlight on the local primary school cricketing calendar, lived up to all expectations as the players of 12 schools showed their mettle on the field. Big hits, accurate bowling and disciplined fielding was on display throughout the day.
The tournament is the brainchild of former DistrictMail editor Mark Stuart and Les Kets, current deputy principal of Beaumont Primary, who both saw the opportunity to showcase the cricketing talents of players of local schools. This year also saw the introduction of Ant Water Solutions as a sponsor.
Craig Melvill, head of cricket at Beaumont Primary School, described this year’s sixes tournament as a “massive” success. “It was also one of the closest and most high-scoring tournaments in many years. The top three schools were separated by just six runs, with six teams being in the running for the final before the last round of fixtures,” he related.
“The standard of the batting, in particular, was very impressive, with Kyle Smith (Lochnerhof), Matthew Lowe (Somerset House), William September (Rhenish), Xavier Garvs (Beaumont) and Logan du Pont (De Hoop) all smashing boundaries to all parts and comfortably scoring more than 100 runs on the day.”
The competition featured the players of Beaumont, Somerset House, Somerset College, De Hoop, Danie Ackermann, Eikestad, Hermanus, Hendrik Louw, Overberg, Rhenish, Somerset West and Lochnerhof primary schools, who showcased their cricketing prowess in a shortened version of the game.
A match comprised 10 overs, with five overs per innings and a team is made up of six players. Five players were allowed to bowl an over from a shortened run-up during an innings.
Each team played three encounters and the two teams with the highest score tally after all the matches progressed to the final. Somerset House racked up a total of 245 runs throughout their three matches and Rhenish Primary scored 240, which led to these two teams doing battle in the tournament final.
Somerset House batted first and scored a defendable 69 in their innings. But the determined Rhenish troops got their innings off to a great start and managed to cross the line with an over to spare, ending their successful campaign on 70/1 to claim the spoils.
At the prize-giving, each Rhenish player received a trophy for their efforts throughout the day, while the team’s skipper, JP Mans, was also handed the coveted DistrictMail/Beaumont Sixes floating shield. Furthermore, all participating players were entered into a lucky draw to win state-of-the-art gloves, pads, helmets, trolley bags and bats from D&P Cricket.
Said Melvill: “A big thank you to DistrictMail for their ongoing support of this popular tournament. Thank you to Ant’s Water Solutions for their support this year as well as D&P Cricket for their assistance with the prizes.”
. More photos of sixes action on page 29.
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