A good match at Goldstones

2012-10-27 00:00

WEATHERWISE it looks very promising that schools cricket should take place today. Some venues may be affected by storms but at others there should be some cricket.

With Hilton, Michaelhouse and St Charles all on half-term break, there are just three matches involving the top schools. Only one is in the Midlands, but it is likely to be the most keenly contested today. The two games in Durban should be one-sided.

Goldstones at Maritzburg College will host Westville against the home side. Neither side have had much cricket since the September holidays, but Westville will likely feel more confident, despite their loss against College in the first game of the year.

They did beat College in the KZN final of the CSA T20 competition later in the term and then won all four matches at Graaff-Reinet at the Cape Schools week, including one of SA’s top cricketing schools, Grey High from Port Elizabeth. College did not have a good Michaelmas week, with just one win and three losses.

Westville have the more settled unit and senior players that are in form. College will have to bowl well and here they should have the ascendency on Westville, to restrict the visitors from scoring well.

Kearsney are desperate for a cricket game as they have not played a match, other than a T20 game, since their tour of England during the July holidays. They were not involved in any cricket in the recent holidays and have had all Saturday matches cancelled due to the weather. They travel to play Northwood.

The Durban side had a tough Michaelmas week, as they had to play three of the top four teams, games which they lost. The only game they won was against St David’s. Their record against the top KZN schools during the first term was not good and hence, despite Kearsney’s lack of match practice, the Botha’s Hill lads should win today.

DHS travel to play Clifton and they will face the match with some trepidation. Clifton have a strong top batting order and when they come off, Clifton mount a sizeable total. Their scalps this term are Hilton, Hudson Park and St Stithians, the latter in a comprehensive eight-wicket victory.

What will give Clifton added confidence is that DHS lost by 16 runs against St Stithians. However, if the visitors play to their potential, they should win the game today.

Glenwood have a match against Sunfoil, a Durban Development XI. From results, the Development team have not shown that they will be a match for a top level team and this should thus be an easy win for Glenwood.

Other selected matches: Thomas More v Hillcrest, Treverton v Carter, Kloof v George Campbell, Howick v Voortrekker, Wartburg v Weston, Amanzimtoti v St Henrys, Kingsway v New Forest, Port Shepstone v Port Natal.

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