ST DOMINIC'S Priory won an exciting and closely fought schools cricket encounter against Pearson at the weekend, getting home by seven runs at Priory.
Batting first, Priory were in a good position at the drinks break with their total on 87/3. The introduction of Kyle Jacobs into the attack after the break slowed the Priory momentum and they were bowled out for 138 in the 45th over.
The only good contributions with the bat were 35 from Chad Lookwhy and a quick-fire 28 from Robert James.
The pick of the bowlers were Jacobs (3/20 off 10 overs) and Geoffrey Miles (3/21 off 7.1 overs).
Pearson set about getting the runs aggressively, but this cost them early wickets and it was left to opener Wade van Zyl and the lower order to get the runs.
Joshua Brummer bowled an excellent line to take 3/25 and he was well supported by Chad Jones (3/28).
Priory brought on young spinners Cameron Cloete and Jordan Chan when the game was evenly poised, with Pearson needing 20 runs and Priory wanting three wickets.
This proved to be a good tactical move. Cloete got Van Zyl (31) to play on to his stumps, Chan picked up the ninth wicket, and then Cloete induced another played-on dismissal to leave Pearson stranded on 131, only seven runs short of the moderate Priory total.
Summarised scores were: Priory 138 (C Lookwhy 35, R James 28; G Miles 3/21, K Jacobs 3/20); Pearson 131 (W van Zyl 31, J Brummer 3/25, C Jones 3/28). Priory won by 7 runs