Dolan boys thump Voortrekker as puddles stop games elsewhere

2012-11-13 00:00

THERE was much frustration on Saturday amongst many schoolboy cricketers who were unable to play their match despite bright sunshine.

The grounds were too wet after two months of wet weather. The only top level game that did take place was at Kearsney, where they hosted St Charles. The matches at Michaelhouse and Westville, neither possessing fields with good drainage, were cancelled due to puddles on the field.

It was the Dolan show at Weston where the brothers almost single-handedly thumped Voortrekker.

The week saw four T20 quarter-final games in the Inland area. Two were very one-sided and later rain did not prevent the boys only schools winning. The other, at Maritzburg College, was abandoned with the game at an exciting stage. This match will be replayed this week. The Coastal areas are approaching their quarter-final stages, but only Kearsney are confirmed for the last eight at this stage.

DHS and Westville should go through and the pool with Glenwood and Northwood will be interesting.

Kearsney vs St Charles

Kearsney won the toss and opted to bat, but the visitors’ bowling again did not maintain sufficient pressure with too many loose balls. Kearsney put on 74 for the first wicket with Ryan Hawke and Simon Hudson, the latter going on to make 56 in 46 balls.

Thereafter wickets fell fairly regularly for the hosts to be eventually all out with 228 on the board, with two balls remaining in the allotted 50 overs. Tyler Smith held the tail together making a useful 48 in 48 balls.

Ferdie Luttig was the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets for 20 in seven overs. Marc Knobel also captured three for 33 in nine overs.

St Charles were never in the mix, as wickets fell due to some hostile and pacy bowling by Craig Kirsten, who finished with 5/19 in 10 overs.

The lower order did well to reach 113 after being 52 for seven in the 21st over. Knobel, who batted at six, found a willing partner in Luttig and together they added 43 for the eighth wicket to get them close to 100. The St Charles innings closed in the 44th over with Knobel undefeated on 26.

The three Kearsney players selected for the KZN Coastal team that head to the Coca Cola Khaya Majola week in December, showed good form. This was not the case with the St Charles lads in the KZN Inland team. One exception was Ben Philpott, who is the wicketkeeper in the U17 side. He ended with two catches and two stumpings.

Kearsney: 228 (Hudson 52, Smith 48, F Luttig 3/20,

Knobel 3/33)

St Charles: 113 (Knobel 26*, Kirsten 5/17)

Result: Kearsney won by 115 runs

Weston vs Voortrekker

Due to the rain, a new pitch was cut and rolled early on Saturday morning and when Voortrekker won the toss they naturally asked Weston to bat.

The loss of two early wickets due to inconsistent bounce had Weston struggling. Younger Dolan brother and opening bat, Craig, held his end up with some cautious batting.

When older brother Devlin joined him they added over 100 for the third wicket before Craig was out for 90.

Devlin went on to a century and was eventually out after some powerful hitting for 139. He did give two difficult chances and was eventually well caught on the boundary. The two brothers enabled Weston to reach a mammoth 287 for 8 in their allotted 50 overs.

Voortrekker never looked comfortable as the older brother ripped through the top order and at 14 for 8 the tail wagged limply to get them to a paltry 53. Devlin Dolan finished with 5/11 and Colin Storey 3/27 to give Weston a magnificent win.

Weston 287-8 (C Dolan 90, D Dolan 137, Storey 25*)

Voortrekker 53 (D Dolan 5/11, Storey 3/27)

Result: Weston won by 234 runs

CSA T20

The quarter finals of the CSA T20 competition in the Inland region of KZN were scheduled to take place last week.

Two matches at St Charles and Michaelhouse were very one sided, while Howick gave College a contest before rain and bad light ended what looked to be an exciting finish.

Hilton has still to be notified who won the Southern Districts zone.

Voortrekker just could not cope with the pace of Blake Mingay as they were bowled out for just 43 in the 15th over.

Mingay ended with 4/5 in his four overs and Andrew Darroch captured three wickets. It took St Charles just three overs to reach the required target for the loss of one wicket.

Pavi Indrajith ended on 26 not out.

Michaelhouse had a 10-wicket win against Ferrum, the Northern KZN winners.

They were bowled out for just 32, not able to cope with the spin of Greg Oldfield, who captured six wickets for 17 in his four overs.

Michaelhouse reached the target in five overs without losing a wicket.

Howick was much more competent and they reached 110 for three in the allotted 20 overs, after electing to bat.

Siya Buthelezi batted with aplomb scoring 45 off 38 balls. A College top order slump started when they lost a wicket off the first ball and after seven overs the score was 26 for four.

Karl Hillermann steadied the ship and when play was called off due to bad light and drizzle (there was no Duckworth/Lewis facility available) College was 72 for five. Hillermann had batted positively and was 37 off 24 balls.

There were still seven overs to be bowled. The game will be replayed this Friday afternoon.

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