Bad weather: school games might be cancelled

2012-10-20 00:00

IT appears, from the weather forecast for the weekend, that schoolboys will again be disappointed as games will likely be cancelled. Perhaps the venues in the Durban area will escape the thunderstorms that are predicted in the Midlands.

The local derby between two traditional rivals from opposite sides of the Berea, DHS and Glenwood, meet on Theobalds at DHS. The game, during the first term, was won by DHS on the Glenwood field. This will make the visitors today even more determined to come out on top. The latter is one of the few sides that had a full day of cricket last Saturday and they will feel relatively confident after the comfortable win against St Charles.

However, DHS’s batting has shown greater consistency than that of Glenwood and this could prove vital for the home side to give them a second win. Glenwood is also a side that seems to play better on their home ground and this does make DHS the favourites.

Westville will host Hilton in the first meeting between the two schools this year. Neither team played last Saturday, but they both had four matches during the recent short holiday. Westville won all four matches at the Cape Schools Week, which was held in Graaf Reinet. Hilton played four games at Michaelmas week, where they won only one game. The opposition at Michaelmas week were stronger than schools at the Cape week.

Westville will, nevertheless, be the more confident side and they had a better first term than Hilton. With the home ground advantage as well, they should be the victors today. The clash on the Roy Gathorne Oval at Michaelhouse, where they host Maritzburg College, is likely to be closely contested. During the first term, they actually met three times with the Saturday game, the third of the meetings being rained off, with College in trouble after losing four early wickets in pursuit of 228 scored by Michaelhouse. College won both the other two games, the T20 final of the Inland region in the CSA competition, and then a narrow 11 run win in the Sunfoil Night league. Michaelhouse was reasonably successful in their tour to Zimbabwe where they won half their matches. College only won one of their four games at Michaelmas week. The home ground advantage could make Michaelhouse slight favourites.

St Charles has struggled this term after losing their captain, Matthew Ford, due to a knee injury. They host a confident Clifton, who surprised many with some excellent performances at Michaelmas week. During the first term, the game at Clifton was heavily in favour of St Charles when rain stopped play. This term, however, it will be Clifton that will feel they can win and St Charles who will be the more tentative, as they desperately need some confidence.

Northwood, after an easy win last week, again has a match against second tier opposition in the Sunfoil XI, a KZN development team. This game should go Northwood’s way, which will increase their confidence ahead of some tougher games ahead. George Campbell will relish a match against second tier opposition today when they host Thomas More. They will have gained some experience after their losing game against Northwood last week. Other selected fixtures include: Hillcrest vs St Henrys, Port Natal vs Voortrekker, Treverton vs Howick, Kloof vs Pinetown, Weston vs Carter and Kingsway vs Northwood II.

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