Competitive cricket sees good partnering

2013-10-15 00:00

THE three matches in the Midlands were again competitive, with Maritzburg College eventually winning comfortably against Hilton, after the game had ebbed and flowed, St Charles this time gaining a narrow win against Clifton, and Michaelhouse being run close by Kearsney.

Hilton vs Maritzburg College

College reversed the results from the first term, when they lost by 83 runs against Hilton in the Sunfoil series and were held to a losing draw in the Saturday declaration game. There were a number of dropped catches, which allowed College to reach 231-8 after electing to bat, although they lost wickets in the last eight overs in a push for extra runs.

Tyron Walsh (32), and then a good partnership between Piero Zanone (71) and Shaun Wormington (50), were the main contributors to the batting. Stephen Reeves was the most successful of the bowlers with three wickets.

Hilton started their innings cautiously, perhaps too cautiously, as they got well behind the required rate, and in an attempt to score quickly, the wickets began falling. After two early wickets it was A. Cooke (69) and Reeves (35) with a 51 run third-wicket partnership that gave Hilton some hope of reaching the target.

Jean de Wet and Walsh were the two bowlers to profit most from the Hilton demise as they perished trying to up the rate. Hilton were dismissed with eight balls remaining but still 42 runs behind.

Maritzburg College 231-8 (Walsh 32, Zanone 71, Wormington 50, Reeves 3/35).

Hilton 189 (Cooke 69, Reeves 35, De Wet 3/25, Walsh 3/26).

College won by 42 runs.

St Charles vs Clifton

On a quick outfield and a good batting track, both sides would have been disappointed with their batting, particularly after good starts. St Charles’s middle order failed after Ben Philpott made 42 up front. From being 140 for nine, they managed to reach 186 without losing another wicket. It was the spinners who did most of the damage in the middle order, with Chad Scott being the most successful with three wickets.

Clifton were well on track for the win when they reached 100 for the loss of two wickets after 28 overs, and then 160 for five when disaster struck. They collapsed under pressure, losing five wickets for just 12 runs to be all out for 174. Andrew Earle played a captain’s innings of 40 and Jason Furniss was last man out for 38, to a good stumping by Philpott, to go with three good catches and another stumping. Eric de Rauville captured three wickets.

St Charles 186-9 (Philpott 42, Scott 3/21).

Clifton 177 (Furniss 38, Earle 40, De Rauville 3/20).

St Charles won by nine runs.

Michaelhouse vs Kearsney

Kearsney batting has turned the corner after a lean start to the season. The two centuries last week against Clifton were followed by a good start in this match by Keegan Foss (65) and Ryan Wallace (46). They were both out within an over of one another and from 152 for two, Kearsney slumped to 200 for eight. Dale Beckley with three wickets and Luke Stevens with two wickets, prevented the middle order from really establishing themselves as wickets fell regularly.

Michaelhouse reached the target in the 48th over, but not without some concern as players lost wickets when they had had good starts. Kyle Pyne-James (32) held the lower order together to get his side home by three wickets. Jason Marshall (44) and Greg Oldfield (38) set a good foundation, enabling the home side to pass the Kearsney total with three wickets in hand.

Kearsney 200-8 (Foss 65, Wallace 46, J. Tedder 26*, Beckly 3/33).

Michaelhouse 201-7 (Marshall 44, Oldfield 38, Pyne-James 32).

Michaelhouse won by three wickets.

OTHER SCORES IN BRIEF

• Weston 246 (Duncan-Anderson 98, Dolan 58). Voortrekker 181 (Zaayman 63, Mullin 44, Bauer 3/30). Weston won by 65 runs.

• Howick 209 (Stead 50, Buthelezi 37, Van Jaarsveld 35, Paterson 4/32). Treverton 210-8 (Pickering 64, Warren 35, Foster 3/33). Treverton won by two wickets

• Carter 181 (Maharaj 29, King 68, Hossein 29*). Alexandra 100 (Maharaj 4/36). Carter won by 81 runs.

• Wartburg 151-7 (Koning 52). Crawford NC 118. Wartburg won by 33 runs.

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