GREY High recorded a thrilling win over highly rated Maritzburg College when they competed in the Independent Schools Cricket Festival hosted by St Alban's in Pretoria.
Good use of bowler-friendly conditions saw Grey put Maritzburg on the back foot early on to have them in trouble at 41/6.
The Maritzburg side never really recovered and were bowled out for 119. Jonathan Draai returning excellent figures of 5/19 in 17 overs.
Mathew Breetzke and Rohan Knoetze then held the Grey innings together, both scoring half-centuries and allowing them to take a first-innings lead of 89.
The Maritzburg College second innings followed a similar pattern as their first innings, but the lower order fought hard before eventually being dismissed for 158.
This left Grey needing 70 to win in the final 20 overs.
They reached that score in the penultimate over to win by four wickets.
Grey High then took on Bloemfontein rivals Grey College and had them in trouble at 71/6 before they recovered to a respectable 231.
The Grey High top order struggled in reply and the game ended in a tame draw, with Knoetze and Garrick Matheus batting out safely until the close.
On the final day of the festival, Grey High totalled 219 in their clash with St Alban's, who then responded well with the bat to win by six wickets.
St Andrew's v Michaelhouse
St ANDREW'S opened their programme in the festival with a fine win over Michaelhouse in a two-day fixture.
Batting first, Michaelhouse totalled 216, Barrie Forrester-Smith playing an important role with his 58 not out.
Brian Ferguson was the pick of the St Andrew's bowlers, taking five. He was well supported by Murray Leith (3/27).
St Andrew's responded with an opening stand of 112 between Andrew Rushmere and Charl Pellissier, who went on to make a century.
Despite losing a few quick wickets early on the second morning, Mbulelo Mama hit a superb 84 to take St Andrew's to 306/7 in their allocated 80 overs for a lead of 90.
Sintu Manjezi and Ferguson followed up with some good fast bowling,
While Forrester-Smith again stood firm with a quick-fire 50, Michaelhouse were dismissed for 146. Manjezi played a key role with his 5/37.
St Andrew's lost four wickets in their pursuit of 57 for victory but eventually made it home for a satisfying win.
St Andrew's then took on Affies in a 50- over match and saw the Pretoria side recover from 45/5 to post 151/8.
St Andrew's capitalised on good batting conditions in the afternoon, knocking off the runs to win by nine wickets, Mama making 78 and Rushmere 61 not out.
On the final day, St Andrew's finished off their tour in style with a disciplined 30-run win over St John's College.