Maan Mistry, spin bowler from Merensky’s u19 cricket team, dives in vain to stop the ball coming from a Bochum bat. Photos Roelof de Jonge

Merensky High sent two of their teams to face off against the might of the Bochum Boys in the latest round of the Limpopo Schools Super League this past weekend.

The U/15 boys traveled to Polokwane where they took to the crease at the Polokwane oval while their First Team counterparts hosted their rivals on their home turf.

Merensky’s bowler, Marais Botha, could not prevent the visiting Bochum Boys team to chase down the winning runs.

The u/15 team showed their class against a hapless Bochum side. Batting first, Merensky posted 202 runs for the loss of 10 wickets after 44,4 overs. This target was eventually too much of a tall order for the Bochum junior batsmen who conceded after losing 10 wickets for just 122 runs.

Marais Botha and Nic Adendorff tried every tactic in the book to outwit the visiting Bochum batsmen, but to no avail.

Merensky’s bowler, Luka Heinlein, claimed three of the Bochum scalps for 19 runs in his six overs spell which included two maidens. Heinlein was named Man of the Match for his brilliant bowling spell and was
well supported by bowlers Carel Jacobs, Timothy Baker and Christiaan de Beer who dismissed two wickets each.

The Merensky batsmen who helped set up the win with some superb innings were Waldo Pretorius who added 34 runs from 58 balls, Adriaan du Plessis with his 35 runs from 58 balls and Christo van Niekerk who scored 15 of 11 balls.

Merensky’s u/19 team batted first and was dismissed all out for a mere 60 runs on the scoreboard. Plasies skipper, Louis Botha, and fellow batsman Nic Adendorf, were the only ones who contributed noteworthy runs.

Hendrik Botes, wicketkeeper of Merensky High School’s u19 team, looks on at the dismissal from one of the Bochum Boys Team’s batsmen. Bochum went on to win the game.

Botha posted 20 runs and Adendorf added another 14 before they were dismissed. The pressure was on for the Merensky bowlers to try and salvage the impossible. The Bochum batsmen were however up to the task and played a patient game to initially win this 50 overs match by seven wickets.

Merensky is scheduled to face-off against the sides of Stanford Lake College after the October school holiday.