College finish top of KwaZulu-Natal

2011-11-29 00:00

WHEN reviewing the 2011 school cricket year it has been difficult to rank most of the top 10 sides in the province. Most could beat any other side on their day. No side was unbeaten in the province. It was the percentage of games won and lost against the other top 10 teams over the year, the overall percentage won and individual players’ performances, that have all been used in the ranking.

The three teams that stood out were Maritzburg College, Glenwood and Westville. The latter two were unbeaten in the fourth term and unfortunately had the match between themselves cancelled because of rain. Northwood showed good improvement in the last term after a poor first term.

No Twenty20 games were included in the reckoning.

Maritzburg College

Although College lost two games in the fourth term, against each of Glenwood and Westville, they had beaten them both in the first term. Their percentage loss against the top 10 schools was only 12,5% which was the best in KZN and they won 73% of all games played. This was just marginally less than Glenwood; however, College had only one match which could be considered easier, whereas Glenwood had four easier games. This put College as the top side in the province again.

Arguably the most significant win was against Glenwood, who were bowled out for 108, chasing a low 146 scored by College. Westville was beaten twice in the first term which included the final of the Sunfoil Nite series. The most disappointing game was probably the loss against Glenwood.

Individual achievements were the three centuries scored by Kewan Harries and one by Gareth Orr. A further 13 half centuries were scored by players. Daryn Dupavillon captured five wickets three times, with another four, four-wicket hauls by the bowlers.

Four boys were included in the KZN Inland U19 team, all-rounder Calvin Savage, who has already played for the SA U19 team, as captain for the second year, Harries, a member of Inland U17 in 2010, Dupavillon and Fezila Memela. Three players are in the Inland U17 side — Orr, Tim Guise-Brown and Kurtlyn Mannikum.

Westville Boys’ High school

Westville sneaked just ahead of Glenwood but a narrow loss against Clifton and an equally narrow win against the same team was enough to prevent them taking top spot. Due to the comprehensive win against Glenwood in the first term they have ranked slightly ahead of Glenwood. Against KZN schools they lost 25% and their overall win percentage was 55%, also a lot lower than that of Glenwood but it only included two second-tier schools.

The two most significant wins would have been the eight-wicket win against Glenwood in the first term and the 57 run win against College in their last match. Their most disappointing performance would have been the 99 scored in the first game against Clifton.

Three centuries were scored by the batsmen, two by Dudu Zondo and the other by Luke Schlemmer. There were another eight half centuries. Bowling was stronger and there were four fifers, two by Schlemmer and one each by Kyle Simmonds and Wentzel Gordon. Six further four-wicket hauls were taken, mainly by the spinners. Many of their wins were due to the strength of the spinners.

Two players, Sashlin Reddy, for the second time and Simmonds, who was in the U17 team last year, have been included in the Coastals team and three further players, Schlemmer, Zondo and Nicholas Pentz, in the U17s.

Glenwood high school

Glenwood did win the fourth-term game by four wickets against College but they lost 27% of the games against the top sides. Their wins over the year against all teams was 75%. Unfortunately, the second match against Westville was rained out after Westville had won the first one.

There were two massive wins by Glenwood, against Hudson Park from East London by 193 runs and against Kearsney by nine wickets, which were probably their most significant performances. Most disappointing would have been the eight-wicket loss against Westville.

Prenalyn Subrayen was the only batsman to score a ton but there were 16 half-centuries, a number of which should have ended in three figures. Lance Padayachee took one fifer and one six-wicket haul. On six other occasions bowlers captured four wickets.

Glenwood has four players selected for the Coastals U19 team, Prenelan Subrayen for the second time, Mishkal Ramsaroop who played in the Coastal’s U17 last year, Grove Venter and Cyril Mthimkulu. There are another two Glenwood players in the U17 Coastal team, Richard Wissing and Nhlakanipho Madwe.

Hilton college

There is quite a distance between the next few teams and the top three but Hilton sneaks ahead of St Charles. They had a 31% loss against KZN teams but only won half of all the games played.

Their most significant win was against St Stithians by 82 runs after losing against them during the first term. Arguably the most disappointing loss was in their last match when they lost by eight wickets against traditional rivals Michaelhouse.

Individual performances included just one century by Jason Shield and another 16 half-centuries. Matthew Delport captured seven wickets in one game and Matt Lauryssen captured five on one occasion. There were just two other four wicket hauls.

Three players — Shield, Tintswalo Mukansi, chosen last year for the U17 side, and Bantu Futshane — were selected for the Inland U19s and a further two players, Tom Curran and Brian Pfaff, for the U17 team.

St Charles college

It was a disappointing year for the potential that St Charles had. Against the KZN top 10 they won as many games as they lost which showed a 35% loss. Overall they only won 42% of the matches. After a reasonable first term, the fourth term was disappointing.

Although the win was by just one run, this was a very good one against King Edward School from Johannesburg. Their last match of the year was probably the most disappointing when they went down by nine wickets against Clifton. Both matches against Hilton ended with rain affecting the result.

One century was made, this by Dean Robinson, but a total of 12 half-centuries were scored. Jarad Streicher captured a five and six-wicket haul with Keagan Davids and Keith Stanger also taking six wickets in a match. There were four other occasions where bowlers took four wickets.

St Charles has the most players selected for the Inland U19 side and these six players show some of the potential that was present in the side. Those selected were Keagan Davids and Vaughan Moses, both for the second year, Matt Ford and Dean Robinson, who were both in the U17 team last year, together with Robin Mitchell and Parvi Indrajith. Kalin Nundlall is the lone St Charles representative in the U17 team.

Kearsney college

Injuries have not been kind to Kearsney and in largely a rebuilding year, they lost 46% of their matches against the top KZN schools. Overall their winning games were 41% of the 22 they played. Although they beat Hilton in one game and came close in a drawn game, the overall results were not as good. They did not play St Charles with the games washed out.

Their most memorable match was likely their win by 51 runs against Westville in the first term, but they then lost to them in the Sunfoil series just a few days later. The nine-wicket loss against Glenwood and the 83-run loss against DHS in their last two matches of the season would have been very disappointing.

A century by Mark Airey and two fifers by Airey and Craig Kirsten were individual highlights. Their absence in games particularly in the latter part of the season of these two senior players was sorely felt by the side. There were a further 12 half-centuries and two four-wicket hauls in the year.

Airey, for the second year, Kirsten and Michael Shadwell are the three players selected for the Coastals U19 team. Airey was selected for the SA Schools Colts XI after a successful Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week. Two players, Ryan Wallace and Tyler Smith, are in the Coastals U17 team.

Northwood school

They did not have a good first term but fared better in the fourth term. They lost 55% of the matches against the top, 10 in KZN and won 43% of all the games played. Northwood did not play as many games as the others as they did not play in any of the festivals.

Their best game was likely the 18-run win against St Charles after losing against them in the first term. They would like to forget the innings against Kearsney when they were bowled out for 94 and lost by eight wickets.

No centuries were scored by the batsmen but there were nine half-centuries. Tshepo Moreki captured six wickets in one game and there were a further eight times where the bowlers took four wickets. Their main strength lay with the bowling.

Kalipha Cele, also for the second time, was the only player selected for the Coastals U19 team. No Northwood players were selected for the U17 team.

Michaelhouse

Only four matches were won over the year as they lost 60% of their KZN games. Although they did beat Northwood, it was the generally inconsistent performances, where seldom did the batsmen and bowlers perform well together, that caused many of the losses. Overall only 29% of the 24 matches played were won.

Undoubtedly their highlight was beating Hilton in the two Saturday matches, where they played well as a team. The lowest point must be to be bowled out for 61 and 82 to lose by an innings against St Stithians who had scored 228 for eight.

Two centuries were scored, both by Robbie Anderson. David Brill and Andrew Stephens were the only two bowlers to take five wickets in an innings. Seven half-centuries were scored, but only on one other occasion did a bowler take four wickets.

No Michaelhouse players were selected for the Inland U19s, with three players, Anderson, Greg Oldfield and Kyle Pyne James, selected for the U17 team.

Durban High School

This is a season DHS would like to forget as they lost 73% of the KZN top 10 matches. Their two wins came in the last two games of the year. Their winning overall percentage was only 27%.

The most significant win was arguably against Selborne early in the year. They were bowled out for less than 100 in two games, against Maritzburg College where they lost by eight wickets and against Westville where they lost by 23 runs.

The batting looked strong early in the year as Jared van Heerden scored centuries in the first two matches. John Grewar scored another in the second week of the term but then the batting fell away. Eight further half-centuries were scored. Only one bowler, Linda Ndlovu, captured five or more wickets when he took six against Howick. On seven occasions bowlers captured four wickets in an innings.

Van Heerden, who played in the Coastals U17 in 2010, was the only player to be selected for the U19 Coastals side. Three players, Taariq Booley, Aatish Maharaj and Cameron Janse van Rensburg are in the U17 team.

Clifton college

Although Clifton had a better record than many of the others they only played five matches against the other top schools, where they won two and lost three. Overall they won 69% of their matches which were largely against second tier schools.

A significant win was the nine wicket win against St Charles. In the first game against Westville, they won by one wicket and in the return they lost by just four runs.

Senuran Muthusamy scored two centuries but neither against a top school and there were nine half-centuries of which six were against top schools. Cameron Weir captured a fifer against Port Shepstone. There were two four-wicket hauls.

Muthusamy was selected for the Coastal U19 team after his selection in the U17s last year. No players were selected for the U17 team.

Pinetown is arguably the next best in the Coastal area and Howick in the Inland area. Howick beat Pinetown during the first term.

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