Early wickets the key for DHS vs Westville

2013-10-12 00:00

IN the second week of the term, there are again some interesting tussles to look forward to among the schools’ cricket fixtures. Arguably the two games that will draw the most interest, one in Durban and the other in the Midlands, are DHS against Westville and Hilton against Maritzburg College.

DHS, after a fairly indifferent first term, have raised eyebrows with some good cricket this term. Although they lost against Westville in the first term, it is not a given that it will be the same today.

Westville have won all but one game this season, but they will be facing an attack by Ainsley Ndlovu and Sibonela Makhanye, two bowlers who have been successful in their games, and Makhanya, Tafara Mupawira and Wade Canham are in form with the bat.

Westville will be relying on the services of Luke Schlemmer, Nic Pentz and Cameron Gordon, and if they fail, Westville will be vulnerable. This makes for a fascinating game, particularly early on, and the loss of early wickets at DHS could determine the outcome.

Hilton lost at home last week against DHS and today they will be determined to do better against visitors College, whom they beat in the first term. The latter just scraped home against St Charles. Both teams, with a number of younger players, will be hoping for a better performance from their senior players.

College will be hoping for a better start to their innings so they won’t have to leave it to the lower order.

The Hilton batsmen will also be attempting to convert starts into longer stays at the crease. It will be tightly contested and perhaps the outcome will be determined by how the younger players handle the pressure.

Michaelhouse have their second consecutive game at home when they play Kearsney. The two schools have not played one another this year, but on current form, the home side should not lose today, particularly as all-rounder Greg Oldfield is back from India after playing in most of the SA U19 matches.

Kearsney did not have a very good Michaelmas Week, but last Saturday Ryan Wallace and Tristan Tedder scored centuries, and this could result in better things to come.

Glenwood are playing at home against Northwood. Glenwood will welcome the return of Andile Phehlukwayo from his stint with the SA U19 team in India. This will strengthen their middle-order batting and bowling. Last week, the Northwood batting capitulated against Westville and they will need to be at the top of their form today to see a win.

St Charles nearly brought off a victory against College last week, and today will be hoping to maintain this better form against visitors Clifton. Clifton’s batting did well enough against Kearsney last week, but it was the bowlers who let them down.

Selected fixtures: DHS vs Westville, Hilton vs M. College, Michaelhouse vs Kearsney, Glenwood vs Northwood, St Charles vs Clifton, Treverton vs Howick, Kloof vs Thomas More, Voortrekker vs Weston, Hillcrest vs Sunfoil, St Henrys vs Amanzimtoti, Alexandra vs Carter, George Campbell vs New Forest.

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