Bowlers not hampered by heat

2010-02-23 00:00

IT was the bowlers who had the best of the majority of matches on the warm Saturday and it was the spinners who enjoyed success in at least three of the matches. There are just two Saturdays of the season remaining, although a number of 20/20 matches are still to be played.

 

Maritzburg College vs Durban high SCHOOL

DHS lost this game in the first over as Calvin Savage had a magnificent first over capturing the wickets of the two in-form DHS batsmen John Grewar and Nathan Poole. They were both out in that over without scoring. From then on it was an upward battle.

Savage struck again in the third over, with Atish Maharaj, who was the third duck from the first five batsmen. This was a position from which DHS did not recover. Savage’s first spell of five overs saw figures of three for eight. Spinner Andrew Hay captured three in the middle order and Wade Lezar captured the last two wickets to fall in his last and the 33rd over of the innings for just 88 runs.

It took College just over 18 overs to reach their target. They started batting before lunch and lost the first wicket in the lunch-time over, going to lunch at 28 for one. Jarryd Walsh and Tyler Lortan (19) added 44 for the second wicket, with Walsh ending on an undefeated 43 in the eight-wicket comprehensive win.

 

Northwood vs Westville

Westville won their second game of the year after a better bowling and batting performance. Northwood, electing to bat, were restricted to 127 for eight in their 50 overs on a heavy outfield. It was Westville’s duo of spinners who were largely responsible for keeping a slow run rate. Kyle Simmons was successful in capturing five wickets for 20 in his 10 overs, but it was even more miserly by Guy Sutton, who bowled his 10 overs for just 10 runs.

Sashlin Reddy batted with some authority to be undefeated on 40 and take his side to a seven-wicket win.

 

Howick vs Carter

The Carter bowlers did well enough to have Howick all back in the pavilion for 177 in 46 overs. Gareth Gardner and Brian Kuntz were the top scorers with 44 and 40 respectively, with Robbie Ducasse weighing in with 32 near the end of the innings.

Disciplined bowling saw Grant Theunissen­ and Brendon Mays capturing seven wickets between them.

Carter’s batting let their bowlers down as they could only manage 53 runs in 24 overs. Ryan Stanbury cannot be kept out of the game and as he failed with the bat he came through with the ball, taking five wickets for just seven runs in six overs. Spinner Gary Hodgkinson took four wickets for 19 in six overs.

Thus Howick, who won the first game relatively tightly, have benefitted from all the cricket that most of their players have been involved in during this term.

 

Thomas More vs Clifton

Thomas More have won all their games against other second-tier schools and they did reasonably well to hold Clifton to 148 for eight with only Ross Logan (32) staying at the crease for any length of time.

It was the Clifton bowling that prevented Thomas More batsmen from building any reasonable partnerships and Senuran Muthusamy was the chief destroyer, taking five wickets for 20 for Clifton to win by 38 runs.

Chris Ruddock was the most successful batsman making 34, but he found little­ support from his fellow team members.

Pinetown vs Voortrekker

It was a two-man effort for Voortrekker­ against home side Pinetown.

The latter opted to bat first and Wynand­ de Lange made sure that they did not build any partnerships.

He ended with four wickets for just nine runs in just over nine overs. Kyle Rossouw ended with three for 15 and Pinetown were all out for 81 in the 30th over.

Voortrekker passed the modest total with three wickets down and it was again De Lange with 25 and Rossouw who were undefeated on 40 that took them to the seven-wicket win.

SCORES IN BRIEF

DHS 88 (Savage 3/14, Hay 3/24)

Maritzburg College 90-2 (Walsh 43*)

College won by eight wickets.

 

Northwood 127-8 (Simmons 5/20)

Westville 128-3 (Reddy 40*)

Westville won by seven wickets.

Clifton 148-8 (Logan 32)

Thomas Moore 110 (Ruddock 34, Muthusamy 5/20)

Clifton won by 38 runs.

 

Howick 177 (Gardner 44, Kunst 40, Ducasse 32, Theunissen 4/21, Mays 3/28)

Carter 53 (Stanbury 5/7, Hodgkinson 4/19)

Howick won by 124 runs.

 

Pinetown 81 (de Lange 4/9, Rossouw 3/15)

Voortrekker 82-3 (de Lange 25, Rossouw 40*)

Voortrekker won by seven wickets.

 

Wartburg 179 (Fortmann 83, Goble 3/15)

Wembley 92 (du Plessis 25*, Fortmann 3/5)

Wartburg won by 87 runs.

 

Crawford LL 109

Queensburgh 70 (Miller 3/20)

Crawford won by 39 runs.

 

Hillcrest 297-8 (Lott 78, Pitt 65, Saunders 38)

Gelofte 98 (Ewald 45, Fortmann 4/20, Dalton 3/20)

Hillcrest won by 199 runs.

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