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Rawat stars as St Stithians win Momentum Friendship game

St Stithians College celebrated success in the latest Momentum Friendship Game after comfortably beating Standard Bank Dobsonville Regional Performance Centre (RPC) by 32 runs in their Johannesburg clash on Friday night. Batting first, the hosts amassed 149 for seven with Yusuf Rawat top-scoring with a superb 70 off just 51 balls, an innings that included three sixes and six fours. His innings helped rescue the hosts after they slumped to 24 for three early on. In reply, the visitors could only manage 117 for six after starts for several players, but crucially no big enough individual score that could have taken them close. The three men that got going were Mohammed Khelia (28), Toyeed Hasan (41) and Tshepiso Makau (32). Economical bowling by David Thornton (0/9) and Liam Surendra (2/13) ultimately proved crucial for the Sandton-based school. They had won the toss at the start and opted to bat first, but found themselves in a huge hole thanks to the excellent opening burst by Tshepiso Makau. The fast bowler eventually ended with a fine three for 15 in four overs, but only after Rawat had helped his side recover to set 150. The next best scorer after him managed just 16, with the Dobsonville not helping themselves by sending down 18 extras. The RPC side then found themselves in trouble on 10 for two but their middle-order helped them recover to 105 for three. However, all the set men then departed ending their hopes as they were comfortably beaten in the end.

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