College get a practice run before Michaelmas

2013-09-10 00:00

THE St David’s T20 festival came to an end on Sunday with each of the 12 teams having played five matches.

The only school representing KZN was Maritzburg College and they had a 60% success rate, which will have pleased new coach Mike Smith.

Seven of the 12 teams will be playing at Michaelmas Week and they would have had a chance to see some of the strengths and weaknesses of the schools that they will be playing.

St Stithians emerged as the only team that won all five matches, including a win against College.

St David’s were also unbeaten, but they won four games and tied against St Alban’s.

Leus du Plooy from Affies top-scored at the festival, just missing out on a century when he made 99 against St Andrew’s in a high-scoring game, where Affies won by six runs after scoring 182 for three in the allotted 20 overs. SA U19 captain Yaseen Valli made 91 not out for KES against Affies.

The most successful bowling performance was Nicholas Scholtz from St Stithians when he captured six wickets, including a hat-trick, against the composite side called King’s Park Taverners. Two other bowlers captured fifers, Matthew Savides from St David’s (5/16 against St Andrew’s) and Driaan Bruwer from Affies with 5/11 against College.

College won their first two games against St John’s and KES before losing the next two matches against St Stithians and Affies and winning their final game against Pretoria BHS.

Amazingly, there were two ties on the last day. The first was between St Alban’s (155/5) and St David’s (155/9) and the other was between St John’s (151/7) and Affies (151/7).

College captain Tyron Walsh had a good festival with two scores over 70 and taking wickets as well.

In the final game against PBHS, he made an undefeated 77, took two catches, made a run-out and finished the match with two successive wickets.

Kurtlynn Mannikam, Karl Hillermann, Piero Zanone, Lwandizwa Zuma and debutant James Martin also showed some early form ahead of the cricket season, which begins this coming Saturday.

COLLEGE SCORES IN BRIEF

St John’s 130-8 (B Dial 59, J de Wet 2/14, K Mannikam 2/22, K Hillermann 2/17)

MC 131-2 in 19.2 overs (J Martin 43, P Zanone 29)

Won by 8 wickets

KES 166-3 (Y Valli 67, K Melville 51)

MC 167-6 in 18.3 overs (T Walsh 78, P Zanone 53)

Won by 4 wickets

St Stithians 145-5 (A Ellis-Cole 88, N Hern 40, L Zuma 4/13)

MC 102-9

Lost by 43 runs

MC 91 in 19.3 overs (D Bruwer 5/11, L du Plooy 2/15)

Affies 95/5 in 19 overs (D Bruwer 33*, T Walsh 2/13)

Lost by 5 wickets

MC 158/4 (T Walsh 77*, K Mannikam 38, R van Vuuren 2/13)

Pretoria BHS 98 in 17,5 overs (S Mahmoud 2/24, T Walsh 2/3)

Won by 60 runs.

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