College to up their game

2012-01-14 00:00

WITH the Independent schools still on holiday and the state schools only going back to school on Wednesday, there are just a few fixtures on this first Saturday of the term.

The big one is the match between the two top sides in 2011, Maritzburg College and Westville, when school resumes.

With the Maritzburg College Festival having been cancelled this year, neither side has had the normal practise before their first domestic matches. Both sides will have a number of new faces, with Westville retaining slightly more players than College.

College’s major strength could again lie with their bowling attack, with KZN Cubs XI bowler Daryn Dupavillon; regular medium fast bowler from last year Regan Smith; and KZN Inland bowler Fezela Memela in the team.

Westville probably has the stronger batting line up with Dudu Zondo, Nic Pentz and Luke Schlemmer all members of the KZN Coastals under 17 side. Schlemmer is also a very useful spin bowler.

College did play a practice game last weekend against St Davids, who were heading to the Independent schools festival at Kearsney. They will have to improve on their showing in that game, where they were bowled out for just 75 and lost by seven wickets.

Only one batsman reached double figures with the top score of 17 being extras! Dupavillon captured two of the three wickets to fall, both bowled.

Howick is due to host Glenwood but the latter is sending their under 16A team to play Howick. Their 1st XI is playing in an internal practice game.

The midlands school has played four games at the Alex week but showed that they are not as strong as in the past few years. St Charles lost their second game at the Grey College Festival earlier in the week when they were beaten by 104 runs by St Stithians. The Johannesburg side made 222 for seven in the allotted 40 overs, after a late start.

St Charles expected the pitch to be more bowler friendly as they asked St Stithians to bat. Vaughn Moses, Blake Mingay and Travis Mitchell captured two wickets apiece. Without injured captain Matt Ford the Maritzburg lads looked thin in their batting and they were bowled out for 118 in the 30th over. Luke Stanger, previously at St Charles, did most of the damage with four wickets in his eight overs.

SCORES IN BRIEF:

Maritzburg College 75 (S Reeves 4/13)

St Davids 76-3 (R van Zyl 35)

St Davids won by 7 wkts

St Stithians 222-7 (A Ellis-Cole 81, N Hern 33)

St Charles 118 (P Indrajith 31, L Stanger 4/26, C Campher 3/32)

St Stithians won by 104 runs

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