Clifton win by six wickets, College secure psychological victory

2013-01-29 00:00

DESPITE the prediction of a wet weekend, Kearsney’s clash against Michaelhouse was the only major match to be cancelled due to heavy rain on Friday night.

A number of matches among the second-tier schools were cancelled.

DHS vs Clifton

Clifton winning this game was the major surprise of the weekend as DHS have had some good results, and Clifton had been expected to struggle after losing their stars from last year.

DHS won the toss and elected to bat. Both teams thought the pitch would get lower and slower as the game progressed, and if Clifton had had the choice, they would have also taken first knock.

Sibonela Makhanye has been the mainstay of the DHS batting, having scored well in their matches to date, but he failed and the side crumpled.

Clifton bowled well up front, and after 10 overs DHS had scored only 15 runs and had lost two wickets to Kelvin Donnelley.

They never recovered and when Obeid Mulla came on to bowl, he ripped through the middle order.

Mulla ended with four wickets, Kelvin Donnelley three and Chad Scott ended with two, to have DHS all out for a paltry 79.

The pitch did have some inconsistent bounce, but it was poor shot selection and pressure that largely caused their downfall.

Clifton started perfectly, putting on over 50 for the first wicket with Josh Niemand (26) and Mulla (24).

Three quick wickets just before lunch caused some panic in the Clifton ranks, but captain Andrew Earl (20*) steadied the ship and Clifton reached their target with four wickets down.

Mkahanya was the best of the DHS bowlers taking 2/25.

DHS 79 (Mulla 4/24, Niemand 3/26)

Clifton 81-4

Clifton won by 6 wickets

Maritzburg College vs Hilton

After the thumping that Hilton dished out on Tuesday night, they would have been very confident of victory after restricting College to a slow 177 for eight declared off 65 overs.

It was the left-arm spin bowling of newcomer Steven Reeves, who bowled a spell of 23 overs, taking 5/39, that had College in trouble.

If it had not been for an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 51 between David Small and Lwandizwa Zuma, their total would have been much less.

Tyron Walsh was again top scorer with 54, before being run out, followed by Zuma with 31.

Hilton got off to a solid start, but Marc van Wymeersch was first out, bowled by Sohail Mahmoud.

He went on to capture another three wickets in his spell of 23 overs.

Some tight bowling by Kurtlynn Mannikum (2/23 in 12 overs) saw Hilton’s rate slow, and despite Reeves making 51 and Armar Cook 35, they fell short of victory by 11 runs.

The drawn game was a psychological victory for College, who had turned round their poor performance from Tuesday with a much better showing defending a mediocre target.

This did show that declaration cricket can be exciting.

M College 177-8 dec (Walsh 56, Zuma 31*, Reeves 5/39)

Hilton 168-7 (Cook 35, Reeves 51, Mahmoud 4/50)

Match drawn.

St Charles vs Northwood

This was a game won by the home side after electing to bat. St Charles batted well to make 232/ 9 in the allotted 50 overs.

There was some controversy as a Northwood bowler, after a warning from the umpires for showing some dissension after an appeal was turned down, was prevented from bowling.

Andrew Darroch, whose batting is growing in stature after assuming the captaincy, ended with 31 and Kylan Naidoo made a good half century.

St Charles bowlers bowled a good line and frustration at not being able to score freely caused the downfall of a number of batsmen. Wickets were shared, with Darroch having the best figures of 2/18 as St Charles bowled Northwood out for 127.

St Charles 232-9 (Naidoo 58, Darroch 31)

Northwood 127

St Charles won by 105 runs

Wartburg vs Weston

Wartburg are largely in a rebuilding phase this year and it showed as they were bowled out in just 25 overs by Weston on Saturday. This was after Wartburg had elected to bat.

There was some light drizzle at times but they played through it.

However, it was probably more of a hindrance to the fielding side.

Wartburg managed a measly 56 of which Thomas Schädle top-scored with 23. A superb bowling performance by Tristen Carter saw him capture 6/10 runs in his 10 overs, which included six maidens.

Weston did not have it all their own way and they reached the target with five wickets down, with Kevin Kendall-Ball capturing three.

Wartburg 56 (Carter 6/10)

Weston 58/5 (Kendall-Ball 3/20)

Weston won by 5 wickets

Parktown vs Glenwood (T20)

As Glenwood did not play against Westville, they undertook a journey to Parktown in Johannesburg to play a T20 match on Friday afternoon.

Glenwood scored well, making 137/5 in their allotted overs.

Cameron Flowers and Darius Veeran were the top scorers.

Parktown were bowled out for 98, with Flowers completing a good all- round performance adding four wickets to his half century.

Andile Phehlukwayo grabbed another three scalps.

Glenwood 137-5 (Flowers 58, Veeran 45)

Parktown 98 (Flowers 4/24, Phehlukwayo 3/15)

Glenwood won by 39 runs

OTHER RESULTS

Thomas Moore 87 (Willcox 3/12, Tilbury 3/12); Crawford LL 63 (Kara 5/12, Petzer 3/14);

Thomas Moore won by 5 wkts

Kloof 71; St Henrys 72-5; St Henrys won by 5 wkts

Howick 158 (Foster 76, Watson 4/32); M College III 137 (Brown 52, Millar 3/23); Howick won by 21 runs

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