THE Cape Schools cricket week, which ends today in Graaff-Reinet, produced some interesting results over the first two days.
Host school Union High found the going particularly tough and suffered consecutive losses.
Firstly, Paul Roos Gym knocked up an impressive 283 for six and then ripped through the Union batting to dismiss them for 56.
It got no better for Union High on the second day when they were bundled out for just 89 by an efficient SACS, allowing the Cape Town school to coast to an eight- wicket win.
Grey High also suffered an opening loss, despite making a decent total of 220 for seven in 65 overs on the Asante Sana ground. Skipper Lloyd Brown passed the three-figure mark.
Westville, the only KwaZulu-Natal school at the tournament, showed no signs of fatigue after a long drive the day before. Their batsmen impressed as they set up a three-wicket win.
In their second match, Grey faced a total of 211 for eight, made in 75 overs by Rondebosch. The Port Elizabeth team settled for a draw at 109 for six.
Dale decided to bat first against Rondebosch, but immediately found themselves in trouble at 28 for seven before recovering slightly to total 61. Rondebosch fast bowler Hayes van der Berg made it a match to remember when he picked up a hat-trick to wrap up Dale's tail.
Dale took three early wickets but Rondebosch always had the match in control.
On the second day, the Westville batsmen again showed their class, rattling up 284 for five in 65 overs and then destroyed the Dale batting line-up for just 63.
Selborne started well against SACS, but slumped to 158 after being 72 for two.
However, their bowlers came out firing to reduce SACS to 27 for seven before finally skittling them for 74.
On day two, the Wynberg batsmen ran rampant against Selborne, racing to 306 for seven declared after 52 overs.
A century from the big-hitting David Bedingham was the highlight of the innings.
Selborne collapsed to 67 for six and although the lower order fought bravely, they were dismissed for 181.
Queen's struggled in their opening game against Wynberg, Dylan Matthews the chief destroyer as the Border side were dismissed for 106.
Queen's never gave up and had Wynberg under pressure at 43 for five before a recovery saw the Cape side sneak home.
On day two, the Queen's batsmen again struggled in the face of some fine bowling by Paul Roos opening bowler Schoeman Botha. He claimed seven scalps as Queen's fell for 133. Paul Roos had no trouble cruising to victory.
Day one Paul Roos: 283/6 dec; Union High: 56. Paul Roos won by 227 runs
Dale: 61 (Jay Stevens 4/19, Hayes van der Berg 3/6); Rondebosch: 62/3 (Hayes van der Berg 37). Rondebosch won by 7 wickets
Selborne: 158 (K Bowerman 3/10, Christians 3/47, Newby 2/26); SACS: 74. Selborne won by 84 runs
Queen's: 106 (Dylan Matthews 6/28); Wynberg: 107/8 (Nicki Zeeman 35). Wynberg won by 2 wickets
Grey High: 220/7 dec after 65 overs (Lloyd Brown 112); Westville: 221/7. Westville won by 3 wickets
Day two Union High: 89; SACS: 90/2. SACS won by 8 wickets
Wynberg: 306/7 dec; Selborne: 181. Wynberg won by 125 runs
Rondebosch: 211/8 dec; Grey High: 109/6. Match drawn
Queen's: 133; Paul Roos: 134/3. Paul Roos won by 7 wickets
Westville: 284/5 dec; Dale: 63. Westville won by 221 runs