Bowlers top the weekend

2015-01-27 00:00

SCHOOLS around the province started their cricket season this past weekend, under baking, cloudless skies.

The players made good use of the steamy conditions as they represented their first teams. Some players returned to the ranks but many ticked off a new milestone in their fledgling careers to record some interesting results, with the bowlers having the better of proceedings in most instances.

Maritzburg College v Glenwood

Rivals on the rugby field, the schools locked horns on Goldstones at College, on a typically humid Midlands day.

Glenwood called correctly and opted to let the hosts burn in the sun and chase leather.

It looked a fifty-fifty call as the visitors started a little shakily, losing early wickets to give the home side the ideal start.

However, opener Joel Veenstra settled to compile an important 50 and the middle-order also came to the party, Jason Wagener (51) and Matthew Kirkham (53) providing the impetus for Glenwood to gain the initiative and post a healthy 212-8 with a partnership of 80 for the seventh wicket. This enabled Glenwood to recover from 80-5 as the College bowlers let matters slip in the last 10 overs of the 50-over clash.

With bat in hand, College could never get going, captain Bryce Tullis falling in the third over and setting the tone for what was to follow.

Poor batting from College allowed Glenwood’s bowlers to build pressure and the only resistance in a total of 114 all out came from Jiveshan Pillay whose 53 stood tall, his first half century for the 1st team.

Left-arm spinner Josh Henry bagged 3-18 in 10 overs and Kirkham backed up his batting with 3-20.

Glenwood 212-8 (Veeran 50, Kirkham 53, Wagener 51)

College 114 (Pillay 53; Henry 3-18, Kirkham 3-20)

Glenwood won by 98 runs.

Hilton v Kearsney

Playing on the hallowed Jack Hart-Davis Oval at Hilton, Kearsney opted for first strike after winning the toss.

Hilton’s bowlers rose to the task in hot conditions, using the pace and bounce of the pitch well to restrict Kearsney to 166 all out. None of the batsmen made an impact and Hilton’s Grade 11 speedster Ethan Bosch put a peg in the ground with an impressive 4-19 to give his batsmen something within reach to chase.

This they did admirably to cross the line for a five-wicket win, reaching 169-5. Hilton’s openers Angus Curtis (41) and Julian Yeats (37) set the platform for victory, with keeper and captain Gavin Morris also adding 37.

Kearsney 166 (Bosch 4-19)

Hilton 169-5 (Curtis 41, Yeats 37, Morris 37)

Hilton won by 5 wickets.

• Earlier in the week, Hilton overcame old foes Michaelhouse by five wickets in the schools’ night league at Maritzburg Oval, Curtis scoring a superb 108 and Yeats 75.

Michaelhouse 246-8 (Dahl 3-31)

Hilton 250-5 (Curtis 108, Yeats 75)

Hilton won by 5 wickets.

St Charles v Michaelhouse

Playing at St Charles, the hosts called correctly and decided to bat first. They enjoyed a brisk start but fell away with the introduction of Michaelhouse spinners Sean Gilson and Nick Anderson who took control, drying up the runs and taking regualr scalps.

Gilson took 4-19 and Anderson 3-7 as St Charles struggled to 88 all out, a target Michaelhouse reached with ease, finishing on 94-2 for an eight-wicket win.

Opener David Geard continued his good form from the Michaelhouse Cricket Festival, finishing unbeaten on 57.

St Charles 88 (Gilson 4-19, Anderson 3-7)

Michaelhouse 94-2 (Geard 57*)

Michaelhouse won by 8 wickets.

Westville v Jeppe

Travelling to Jeppe for their opening fixture last weekend, Westville won a remarkable match thanks to a fighting last-wicket stand which took them from nowhere and enabled them to win by one wicket.

Chasing 227, Westville were 139-9, Wassim Raham’s 79 the lone standout. Enter Ryan Coleman and Blake Alston-Stewart whose last-wicket stand of 89 secured a great comeback win. Coleman finished 38*, while Stewart blasted 51* from 30 balls.

Jeppe 226 (Alston Stewart 2-28)

WBHS 228-9 (Rahman 79, Alston Stewart 51*, Coleman 38*)

WBHS won by 1 wicket.

Other Results

Carter 98 (McLennan 4-8, Lotter 3-23)

Wartburg Kirchdorf School 81 (Lotter 25)

Carter won by 17 runs.

DHS 341-6 (Loxton 91, Nenhunzi 61, De Meillon 50*)

Krugersdorp 102 (Soni 3-25, Khan 3-26)

DHS won by 239 runs.

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