Bowlers keep runs tight in the night

2012-01-24 00:00

THE first match of the Sunfoil School’s Day/Night league took place yesterday evening at the Maritzburg Oval.

It was a tense, low-scoring match between winners of last year, Maritzburg College and St Charles. It was always going to be a tight match with both sides lacking in confidence.

The bowlers enjoyed the encounter more than the batsmen, as the wicket prevented batsmen from gaining any ascendency. The fact that the highest partnership in the game was 23 runs and the highest individual score was 28, 15 more than the next highest, testifies to the bowlers being on top. Batsmen struggled against the movement from the quicker bowlers and College spinner Sohail Mahmoud got plenty of turn.

College sent St Charles in to bat and they were soon in trouble, losing the first wicket without a run on the board due to a run out. At 31 for three no one expected the demise of the batting, or for St Charles to be all out for 68 in the 26th over. Dean Robinson scored his 28 runs off 82 balls but only one other batter reached double figures. Sohail Mahmoud used his wrist spinners to good effect as he captured four wickets for 14 runs in seven overs. Fezela Memela was the next most successful with two wickets.

College started in a similar fashion losing their first wicket to a runout, but losing another two shortly after, to be 16 for three. Knowing how brittle the batting has been sent the batsmen into panic mode. This showed as College were kept in check by some good bowling.

When a loose delivery did come along the batsmen were unable to put it away, or they would chase a wide ball often getting an edge. College batted with more confidence as they edged closer to the target, but it still took them until the beginning of the 29th over to reach the target. This they did with a four, only the fifth in their innings to give them victory by three wickets. Klain Nundlall bowled particularly well taking two wickets for just 10 runs in eight overs.

Scores in brief:

St Charles 68 (Robinson 28, Mahmoud 4/14, Memela 2/22)

M College 72-7 (K Nundlall 2/10, B Mingay 2/21, W Dukes 2/13)

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