College take on festival challenge

2013-09-03 00:00

ONCE again 12 of the country’s renowned cricket schools will head to St David’s in Johannesburg to jump start the new cricket season.

The festival provides coaches with the ideal opportunity to blood young talent, as some teams look to life without their matrics for the coming season.

Ten schools return from the 2012 event, with Hilton College and Grey College being replaced by newcomers Somerset College from the Western Cape and St John’s College from Johannesburg.

The other schools returning from 2012 are hosts St David’s, Affies, Pretoria BHS, KES, St Stithians, St Alban’s, all from Gauteng and travelling up from down south, and Rondebosch and St Andrew’s from Grahamstown.

Only Maritzburg College are entering from KwaZulu-Natal. They will hope to do reasonably well, as they played their first match last Saturday, when they beat an Old Boys team by six wickets.

The College Old Boys batted first, as is the norm in this traditional opening to the cricket season.

A number of ex-provincial players were in the side and one current player, Calvin Savage.

It was Sohail Mahmoud who did most of the damage, taking five wickets and also having them all out in the 46th over of the allotted 50 overs. Their score of 192 was probably not enough unless they bowled well.

College reached the target in the 30th over after a swashbuckling undefeated 51 in 38 balls by Karl Hillermann. Shaun Wormington reached 31 before having to retire with an injury.

Hillermann will endeavour to maintain his early form in Johannesburg. If Mahmoud can also take wickets in his four overs, with Lwandizwa Zuma placing pressure early on, then College can be successful under their new coach Mike Smith.

The festival begins on Thursday and ends on Sunday.

SCORE IN BRIEF

Old Boys 192 (C. Savage 69, B. Dixon 35, S. Mahmoud 5/42, L. Zuma 3/28).

College 196-4 (Wormington 31, Hillermann 51).

College won by six wickets.

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