Cricket season off to a slow start

2009-09-15 00:00

JUST three matches took place on the first official Saturday of the new schools’ cricket season. Despite the acceptance by most schools that the season would start in the last two weeks of the third term, there seems to be a reluctance by the majority of schools to get cricket under way.

It was not successful for the midlands schools with Michaelhouse, Hilton and Howick all losing against Durban area sides. St Charles and Kearsney were due to play one another but both first teams were in Johannesburg playing in the Sahara St Davids Twenty20 Festival. But their other teams did play. Maritzburg College was also in Johannesburg, but their other teams were not scheduled to play.

Glenwood vs Michaelhouse

As Michaelhouse had hung on for a draw in their match in the first term, they hoped they would do better, due to experience gained in their cricket tour to England in July. This was not to be however, and Glenwood won by 15 runs.

Michaelhouse sent the home side in to bat in the 50 overs match, but their bowling was not tight enough and Glenwood was not kept under enough pressure. Their fielding was also not as sharp as it should have been and Yeveshan Pillay took advantage, scoring an undefeated 81. He got some support from Dyllan Browne (32) to reach 202 with four wickets in hand.

Michaelhouse batsmen, Garth Davson (67) and Michael Watson (33) in particular, kept the visitors up with the required rate, but some injudicious shots saw wickets fall and they were all out for 187, with Hilton Mudariki (25*) holding up one end but running out of partners. Pregnan Perumal captured three wickets but was fairly expensive.

Westville vs Hilton

The Hilton bus was held up by an accident on the highway, so the game was reduced to 45 overs. Hilton elected to bat first and they got off to a good start. Jason Matthews was, unfortunately run out at the bowlers end for a well-played 34 and this set off a middle-order collapse. They were eventually all out in the 45th over for 172. Tiaan Slabbert made 32 and Cody Gertze was the most successful bowler with three wickets for 27.

Westville also started well, but then lost three quick wickets. But they were able to reach the target in the 41st over for the loss of five wickets. Nabeel Bhayla ended on 44 and Aerin Ivey held the side together with an undefeated 68, taking them to the five wicket win.

Howick vs Kingsway

Howick, which had a good first term, were beaten by visitors Kingsway, largely due to the lack of practice. Batting first, Howick only managed 124, of which Ryan Stanbury made 39.

Despite the efforts of Stanbury with the ball, Howick were unable to prevent Kingsway passing their score with three wickets in hand. Stanbury’s 10 overs only cost him 10 runs and he captured five wickets, to be the hero of the match.

SCORES IN BRIEF

Glenwood 202-6 (Browne 32, Pillay 81*).

Michaelhouse 187 (Davson 67, Watson 33, Mudariki 25*, Perumal 3/51).

Glenwood won by 15 runs.

Hilton 172 (Matthews 34, Slabbert 32, Gertze 3/27).

Westville 173-5 (Bhayla 44, Ivey 68*).

Westville won by five wickets.

Howick 124 (Stanbury 34).

Kingsway 125-7 (Stanbury 5/10).

Kingsway won by three wickets.

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