Classy performances

2015-01-20 00:00

MICHAELHOUSE hosted a three-day cricket festival from January 14 to Jan­uary 16, with eight schools participating.

The idea of having a festival before the school year starts was born in 2002, the brainchild of Hilton, Michaelhouse and Kearsney, with Kearsney as the inaugural hosts.

Since then, the festival has been hosted by the three schools on a rotational basis and provides an opportunity for players to get into the groove before the school season starts.

It’s not a competition, nor are there any overall winners, the festival providing a stage to promote cricket among similar strength schools.

Whoever hosts the event is responsible for inviting teams from beyond KwaZulu-Natal to participate, with Bishops, who competed again this year, among the most frequent visitors. They will become part of the core structure in 2017, thereby becoming a host school alongside the original three.

Zimbabwe has been represented through the years by Peterhouse and St John’s, with Churchies from Brisbane, Australia, making an appearance more than once.

This year saw the hosts, Hilton, Kearsney, Peterhouse, Bishops, St John’s, Clifton College and Maritzburg College, take to the field, with some fine performances from the players with bat and ball.

Some classy centuries were knocked up and the bowlers dug in hard, being rewarded for effort and enthusiasm.

Day one saw the schools involved in declaration matches, with days two and three being 50-over clashes. Unfortunately, day three was curtailed by rain, with only one match producing a result.

Day One Results (Declaration)

Michaelhouse 274-7 (Geard 103, Armstrong 49*, Macaskill 30; Palmer 4/57)

St John’s (Zimbabwe) 224-6 (Rossi 71, Balfour 43, Palmer 35*, Lake 31)

Match drawn

Clifton 178 (Paul 72, Scott 30)

Hilton 179-5 (Yeats 102*, Dahl 30*)

Hilton won by five wickets

Peterhouse (Zimbabwe) 220 (Robinson 68, Huchu 49, Sachiti 36; Porteous 3-22, Koekemoer 3-35)

Kearsney 224-7 (Koekemoer 69, Pau 41, Hudson 33)

Kearsney won by three wickets

Bishops 205 (Conrad 31, Richardson 45, Roberts 41*; Pillay 3-33)

Maritzburg College 206-6 (De Wet 60*, Small 56*, Getkate 30)

College won by four wickets

Day Two (50 Overs)

Hilton 312-3 (Curtis 127, Yeats 88, Jules 33, Morris 40*)

Bishops 185-9 (Scarles 58; Bosch 5-26)

Hilton won by 127 runs

Michaelhouse 209 (Gilson 61)

Clifton 212-3 (Montgomery 86*, Slotow 52, Paruk 46*)

Clifton won by seven wickets

College 220-9 (Getkate 30, Saaiman 53, Shepstone 37; Kok 4-37)

Peterhouse 58 (Small 6-34)

College won by 162 runs

Kearsney 299-9 (Rencken 85, Tedder 78, Koekemoer 54*; Balfour 4-50)

St John’s 156-8 (Murray 32; Lees 3/18)

Kearsney won by 143 runs

Day Three (50 Overs)

St John’s 110 (Balfour 38; Small 3-25, De Wet 3-15)

College 111-1 (Tullis 61, Dicks 37*)

College won by nine wickets

Bishops 213 (Conrad 34, Pithey 33, Scarles 36; Anderson 3-21) v Michaelhouse

Match Abandoned

Clifton 205-8 (Paul 44; Lees 3-46) v Kears­ney

Match Abandoned

Hilton 176 (Krog 30; Robinson 3-21) v Peterhouse

Match Abandoned

Warm-Up Match

Michaelhouse 222-7 (Macaskill 61, Cowley 49)

Peterhouse 162

Michaelhouse won by 50 runs

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