College too good at home

2014-10-21 00:00

OF the handful of schools’ cricket matches played this weekend in the time allowed by the weather, Glenwood and Northwood weren’t among the fortunate as their match was called off, as was the Westville clash against Michaelhouse.

Maritzburg College vs St Charles

Played at Goldstones, College proved too tough to break down on their home turf as they romped home by 114 runs against a gallant St Charles outfit.

St Charles won the toss and asked the hosts to have first go on a wicket that looked to offer some assistance in the first hour.

College skipper Bryce Tullis and Sohail Mahmoud worked hard against disciplined St Charles bowling, and after the captain’s departure, the in-form Brad Hope joined Mahmoud in a useful stand.

After Mahmoud left the scene for 28, Hope was joined by James Martin, playing his 50th and final cap for the first team.

The pair batted intelligently, reaching 75-2 after 25 overs. Knuckling down well, Hope and Martin posted half-centuries, Hope was out for 64 from 122 balls with eight overs left as he tried to force the pace.

Martin also went for 64, from 77 balls, in a total of 204-9, with the latter batsmen perishing in an attempt to get runs on the board.

Hope (15) and in Grade 9, passed the 1 000-run mark for the calendar year in his innings, at an average of just over 50.

College’s four-pronged pace attack came out full of steam in St Charles’ innings, with Lwandiswa Zuma and David Small striking early. At 42-4 in 12 overs, St Charles were up against it and it could have been six wickets as two catches went begging. College had a firm grip on proceedings which they maintained throughout.

Change bowlers Hope and Randall Ramnarine maintained the pressure, running through the rest of the innings — Hope 4-23 in 6.4 overs, Ramnarine 3-22 in seven overs — to skittle the visitors for 90.

College 204-9 (Martin 64, Hope 64, Mahmoud 28).

St Charles 90 (Hope 4-23, Ramnarine 3-22, Zuma 2-26).

College won by 114 runs.

Kearsney vs Hilton

Playing on home turf, Kearsney’s batsmen had a day to forget as they crumbled against a disciplined and strong Hilton attack.

Batting first, Kearsney looked settled at 58-1, but then more than the wheels fell off as they were dismissed for 104.

A strong wind had dried the pitch after Thursday’s heavy rain and it was poor shot selection that saw Kearsney’s demise.

Only Luke Smith, batting at number five, provided any resistance as he finished undefeated on 30, running out of partners at the end.

Hilton’s left-arm orthodox bowler Steve Reeves did the damage with 4-9. The final tally was never going to test a strong Hilton side, who easily knocked off the runs, reaching 105-1 well within 20 overs, for a nine-wicket win.

Kearsney 104 (Smith 30*; Reeves 4-9).

Hilton won by nine wickets.

It doesn’t get any easier for Kearsney who travel to College this weekend, having lost to them by seven wickets earlier in the season.

On the positive side for Kears­ney, Keegan Foss has been selected for the KZN U19 side and James Tedder for the KZN U17 side.

Glenwood vs Northwood was called off. Westville vs Michaelhouse was called off.

Results from Clifton College’s U14A tour to Cape Town

Clifton 196-5 (Brown 90*, Holmes 42)

Bishops 56 (Montgomery 4-6)

Clifton won by 140 runs

Clifton 107

Wynberg 109-6 (Montgomery 3-14)

Clifton lost by four wickets

Clifton 146-5 (Brown 58, S. Holmes 33)

Pinelands 87

Clifton won by 59 runs.

Rondebosch 184-3

Clifton 185-5 (Holmes 75, J. Brown 40). Clifton won by five wickets.

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