MUIR College defeated York High by seven wickets in their annual schools cricket fixture in Uitenhage at the weekend.
Muir won the toss and decided to bowl first in the bowler-friendly conditions. York, from George, got off to a positive start through Ross Bailey (29), who attacked from the first over with a flurry of boundaries. Dumi Magala then made the breakthrough, but York captain David du Ponte (37) continued the positive batting and rotated the strike regularly to end the first session on 87 for four. After the morning break, the introduction of spin at both ends sparked a collapse in the middle-order with Jack Tector (3/12) and Branem Adams (3/28) sharing the last six wickets to bowl the visitors out for 133.
In reply, York picked up a wicket in the fifth over, but a solid 60-run partnership between Tector and Magala set up the run chase, with Magala scoring an aggressive 50. Two more wickets fell, to Du Ponte, but Darren Wates (17) and Siyamtanda Gqibitole (28) took Muir to the victory target.