Cricket: Schools’ season kicks off with Alex and Hilton Festivals

2013-01-09 00:00

THE new year in school cricket in the Pietermaritzburg area always begins with festivals. This year, the Alex Festival, started in the 1960s, began yesterday, and the Hilton College Festival begins this morning. Maritzburg College have had a festival as well but it was cancelled last year and this year, College will be playing in the Hilton Festival.

The Alex Festival sees 10 sides playing and in recent years it has been a welcome chance for level two schools in the Midlands to get their sides organised before the school cricket season begins.

Hosts Alexandra will be participating with Howick, Wartburg, Treverton, Weston and a St Charles Colts side.

Amanzimtoti gave a late notification to Alex on Saturday that they would not be attending as previously agreed and an Alex Invitation team made up from youngsters from various schools, has been hastily put together.

The schools from outside the province are Lilyfontein from East London, with two sides from Gauteng, Clapham and Leeuwenhof.

At the Hilton Festival, there are eight teams playing — four from KZN (Hilton, Michaelhouse, Kearsney and Maritzburg College) and visiting teams Peterhouse from Zimbabwe, Uplands from Mpumulanga, St Davids from Gauteng and Bishops from Cape Town. Of these, Bishops is very likely the strongest of the visiting teams. It will also be interesting to see the structures of the KZN teams, where Kearsney could be the top side.

HILTON FIXTURES TODAY:

Michaelhouse vs St Davids (Hart-Davis Oval), Kearsney vs Uplands (Weightman-Smith), M College vs Bishops (Etheridge), Hilton vs Peterhouse (Falcon)

Tomorrow:

Hilton vs Bishops (Hart-Davis) College vs Peterhouse (Weightman-Smith), Kearsney vs St David’s (Etherdige), Michaelhouse vs Uplands (Falcon)

Friday:

Kearsney vs Peterhouse (Hart-Davis), Hilton vs St David’s (Weightman-Smith), Michaelhouse vs Bishops (Etherdige), College vs Uplands (Falcon).

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