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Tyler Stagg and Declan Farland take Selborne to Momentum Friendship Games victory

Alice and Selborne teams
Alice and Selborne teams

In what's been an exciting competition at the University of Fort Hare Oval in Alice in the Eastern Cape, Selborne College claimed a convincing 163-run victory over the Standard Bank Alice Regional Performance Centre (RPC) on Friday.

Match Summary

Selborne College U15 A: 202/5 after 20 overs

T. Stagg 92 (47), B. de Kock 58 (28), T. Totana 2/36

Standard Bank Alice RPC 39 all out (11.3 overs)

A. Kweya 12(27); D. Farland 

Tyler Stagg smashed a dominant 92 off 47 balls to propel the Selborne under-15 A side to a mammoth 202/5 before Declan Farland recorded incredible figures of six for 15 - which included four wickets in four balls - in his four overs to dismiss the home side for 39 with 9.3 overs to spare.

 The Friendship Games represent a shared vision between partners, Momentum and Cricket South Africa (CSA), which is aimed at the holistic development of grassroots cricket through community building, finding and nurturing talent and encouraging the culture of true sportsmanship. The campaign is played at the under-15 level, where budding, under-resourced players from the CSA Hubs and RPC structures compete against the traditional cricketing schools.

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, Selborne made a strong start at the crease, racing to 45/2 in the opening five overs despite two quick wickets from Thozama Totana (2/36). Leading from the front, Stagg continued to display his hitting prowess as he notched up a memorable half-century that included 13 fours and four sixes.

Stagg was eventually dismissed, falling agonizingly close to his hundred with the East London outfit on 123/4 after 12 overs. The joy of picking up the big scalp was short-lived for the Alice RPC, as the new man in, Bradley de Kock took over from Stagg to continue the onslaught. De Kock teamed up with captain, Blake Schwulst (23), for a crucial middle-order stand to carry Selborne College over the 200-run mark, with the former raising his bat for a well-played 58 off 28 deliveries (6 fours; 3 sixes).

In reply, the hosts were rocked by a superb opening spell from Farland. The left-arm spinner claimed two wickets in each over of either side of a breath-taking hattrick in the second over of the day to leave Alice reeling on 19/6 after five overs. In efforts to rebuild the innings, the home side lost wickets at regular intervals as Litha Gaxela (2/3) and Ryan Marimo (1/9) wrapped up the victory.

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