PG Academy Still 100% in SA


Published: 7th April, 2014

The PG Surrey Academy have continued their unbeaten run on their annual tour of South Africa, beating a Western Province U18 side and Western Province CC over the last few days.

After back to back victories over Somerset College last week, Surrey moved to Cape Town and took on Western Province U18s in a fifty over game.

The hosts batted first but struggled into impose themselves on the game in the face of some accurate Surrey bowling. Satbir Mann (4/12) and Angus Dahl (2/12) were the leading lights, as Western Province ended on just 148 all out.

In response, the in-form Sam Curran (star of the Somerset College leg of the tour) was once again on song, hitting an unbeaten 74* and partnering with Olly Batchelor (40) to lead Surrey to 151/2 and a comfortable eight wicket win.

The following day, Surrey took on the same side in a day two game and once again showed their dominance. Western Province again batted first and were only able to amass 115, wiltering as the Surrey attack kept them under constant pressure. Chris Jones (3/19), Satbir Mann (2/16) and Will Pereira (2/8) were all in the wickets, with Pereira and Mann combining to dismantle the South Africans’ top order.

In reply, Surrey reached 106/3, led by 52* from Oliver Trower, before declaring behind to set up a second day run chase. This ended up being a healthy 284, as Western Province were more effective second time out, reaching 260/7 before declaring.

However, Surrey’s momentum kept on rolling as Harry Allen (82), Ollie Pope (63*) and Shoff (35*) marshalled an outstanding run chase, with Allen and Pope making early inroads before some late aggression from Shoff saw Surrey reach their target with seven wickets to spare.

The next match for Surrey – their fifth on tour – was a One Day affair against Western Province Cricket Club. On this occasion, Surrey batted first and posted 225/7, led by 60 from Bradley Erasmus, 49 from Batchelor and 42 from Allen.

Although they got off to a great start, racing to 130/1, the young Surrey side stuck to their task and dragged themselves back into it. Slow left armer Harry Allen was the main threat to Western Province, taking 6/54 to add to his impressive performance with the bat. Sam Curran also showed his potential as an all-rounder, with 2/27 from eight overs backing up his heavy run scoring earlier in the tour.

Come back to later in the week for further coverage from South Africa, as the PG Academy look to extend their 100% record even further.

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