The St Andrew’s Under 13 Boys Cricket team traveled to Nairobi this past weekend to take part in The Banda’s annual 6’s Cricket Tournament. The team went into the tournament well prepared having played Greensteds and Kenton in the week leading up to the tournament. They won both their games against Greensteds and although they lost to Kenton earlier, they showed the potential to cause an upset to one of the big teams.
The team was placed in a tough group with last year’s finalists; Kenton, The Banda and Hillcrest. In the first game the boys still looked rusty and too many extras saw Kenton post a formidable total of 55/3. In response St Andrew’s Prep School kept the score board ticking over but unfortunately ended up 11 runs short of Kenton’s total.
In the second match of the day against The Banda, the Turi boys put in a much tighter bowling display and had Banda 38/2 after 4 overs knowing that if they could keep The Banda below 50 they would be in for the win. The Turi batsmen put The Banda bowlers under pressure with some swash-buckling batting lead by Lenny Toroitich who top scored with 18 not out. Turi finished on 49/3 and fell just 6 runs short of what would have been a massive upset against the eventual winners of the tournament.
In the final match of the day, Hillcrest batted first and the St Andrew’s Prep team restricted them to 40/0 in their 5 overs. Turi then chased the total down with ease led by their captain Tasharwa Munjanganja who scored an unbeaten 16 runs. This meant that St Andrew’s Prep School finished third in their group and were knocked out the tournament. However they can be immensely proud of the progress they have made this term.
At the conclusion of the tournament, the Up-Country schools cricket team was selected and three Turi boys were chosen to represent the Up-Country team. They were Tasharwa Munjanganja, Joseph Mambi and Finlay Foster.