College Cricket Week begins today with interesting match-ups

2010-01-04 00:00

TODAY is the first day of the College Cricket week with four matches in progress. College and Canberra Grammar School from Australia played a warm-up match yesterday, with College winning fairly comfortably.

For school cricket lovers, the match on Barns at College could be one to watch, as Glenwood face St Johns from Johannesburg.

Glenwood have a number of players back from last year, including KZN Coastals Under-19 player Sumanth Sunkari and three Coastal Under-17 players, Shahil Bissoon, Dylan Browne and Prenelen Subrayen.

There are a further three players who were regulars last year. St Johns are one of the better Johannesburg teams and 10 of their side have had first team experience.

Hosts College face Trinityhouse and after their win yesterday will be fairly confident of a win today.

They have three of their players — SA Schools player Calvin Savage, Tyler Lortan and Nick Hendrie — playing in Stellenbosch at present for the KZN franchise at the Under-19 week, but have arguably the weakest of the visiting Johannesburg sides to play today.

Another good game should be between Westville and Canberra Grammar. Westville’s Sashlin Reddy played for KZN Inland Under-19 last year and he will be their senior player.

Only three other players have had first team experience and after the holiday they may struggle.

The final match is between Clifton and St Davids. Clifton have players with experience, but whether they will be able to match St Davids, who have seven players back from 2009, is debatable.

Canberra were all out in the final over of the 50-over game for 173 with opening bat and captain Alex Tridgell top-scoring with 48.

Andy Charters was the best of the College bowlers, taking three for 19 in his 10 overs.

An 85-run second-wicket (Jarryd Walsh and Kewan Harries-37) and a 69 third-wicket partnership (Walsh with 60 and Gareth Sharpe with 44) put College in a winning position, but the loss of three quick wickets made the win less impressive. Sharpe’s 44 came in just 30 balls.

Score in brief:

Canberra 173 (A Tridgell 48, Charters 3/19)

M College 176-6 (Walsh 60, Harries 37, Sharpe 44, Gregory 3/33)

College won by four wickets.

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