A perfect send-off for school leavers

2014-11-18 00:00

SATURDAY saw the final few matches played in the longer version of the game for the year as the bats, pads and gloves were packed away until January.

For many players, it was their swansong in their respective first teams after loyal service to their school and badge.

Westville Boys’ High won an entertaining clash against Northwood by five wickets, Hilton overcame old enemy Michaelhouse by seven wickets and Kearsney took control against St Charles, winning by eight wickets.

Westville v Northwood

Played at Westville on the hallowed Bowden’s pitch, Northwood called correctly and took first strike on what looked a flat track.

Caution from the batsmen seemed the order of the day and at the halfway mark (25 overs), only 65 runs were on the board.

Westville’s bowlers found their line, length and rhythm early, all-rounder Alex Whitelaw doing the business with 4-25 in his 10 overs. The home side’s spinners also kept the batsmen quiet as runs had to be worked for.

Cody van Breemen fought a stoic battle with the bat, reaching 51 in Northwood’s 136 all out, the visitors using all their overs to crawl to their total.

Northwood made a fight of it as Westville crossed the line to win by five wickets, reaching 137-5. Stalwarts of the team Tyron Koen finished on an entertaining 45* from 63 balls and captain Bruce Kerr contributed a useful 35 in his final innings for his school. Both these players have enjoyed successful years in the first team and currently play Premier League cricket for Pinetown. Kerr captained the school to the provincial T20 title earlier this year, enabling him and his men to represent Dolphins at the national tournament in Pretoria.

While the 50-over format is done and dusted for the year, the two schools still have some T20 business to take care of.

Westville host Northwood tomorrow with the Durban North outfit keen to bounce back and level matters in the cricket rivalry stakes.

Northwood 136 (Van Breemen 51; Whitelaw 4-25)

Westville 137-5 (Koen 45*, Kerr 35)

Westville won by five wickets.

Kearsney v St Charles

Playing in Pietermaritzburg, Kearsney rounded off their cricket year with a strong eight-wicket win, the perfect send-off for the matrics in the team.

Batting first, the hosts battled against the Kearsney bowling attack, succumbing for just 82. Keean Rencken finished in style claiming 5-25, the first five-wicket haul by a Kearsney first team bowler this year.

It was never going to be too difficult for Kearsney to chase down the score and it was a matter of how quickly they would get the job done.

The answer was provided soon after lunch as they reached 83-2 to seal the win.

The St Charles bowlers gave their all and did well to claim two wickets in a total they were always going to battle to defend.

St Charles 82 (Rencken 5-25)

Kearsney 83-2

Kearsney won by eight wickets.

Other result

Michaelhouse 158 (Geard 94; Lovatt 5-29,

Symons 3-17)

Hilton College 159-3 (Edy 78*, Curtis 58)

Hilton won by seven wickets.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.