In its first game of the new season, the UCT Staff Cricket Team went up against the Edgemead golden oldie team Midmar Golden Bulls. Despite the rigours of a recent tour of Australia, these GO veterans still had enough to head off a late challenge from the Staff batsmen, who failed to apply themselves to the task of reaching the modest total of 142, set up by a concerted bowling performance that reduced Bulls to 141 off their allotted 35 overs. With pressure applied from the first ball of a fiery opening over from Nigel Dirks (Information and Communication Technology Services), the Bulls struggled to get the ball off the square. Carefully orchestrated bowling changes by captain Dave Reid (geological sciences) led to immediate successes, spearheaded by a four-wicket blitz in 12 balls by Alakendra Roychoudhury (also of geological sciences). Sadly the UCT batsmen weren't up to the task on the day, slumping to 121 all out after 33.5 overs. Only graduate Paul Macey (36 not out) and Reid (28) got into any runs. Nonetheless, a hugely satisfying match was rounded off with post-game socialising in the Edgemead clubhouse. Of note was the presentation from the Golden Bulls of the traditional brightly-coloured box protector to UCT's Peter Buckton (Sport & Recreation) for his overall (lack of) performance on the day. May he wear his Ferrari-red with appropriate humility.
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