Five KZN schools compete in festival

2011-03-01 00:00

THE Independent Schools’ Cricket Festival, hosted by St Albans in Pretoria every year, saw five KwaZulu-Natal schools participating.

Heavy rain in the area disrupted play so other grounds had to be found when the scheduled ground had been made unplayable. Most of the games, nevertheless, took place.

All teams played a two-day match on Thursday and Friday last week and this was then followed by two limited-overs matches. Due to the rain, some teams played T20 games as the fields were too wet on Saturday morning.

Hilton came home with the best overall results having drawn the two-day game against St Andrews from Grahamstown and winning the two limited-over games against Kingswood and St Albans. All-rounders Jason­ Shield and Tom Curran were prominent with both bat and ball.

A unique occurrence in the match against St Andrews saw the two days taking place on two different fields. Due to heavy overnight rain, a relatively small field was found in the Irene area, with an underprepared pitch. Hilton struggled to 157 and had taken a few St Andrew’s wickets on the first day.

On the second day the scheduled ground at the Irene Country Club had dried out, so play continued there. After St Andrews had declared on 245, Hilton batted better in their second innings.

St Charles, Kearsney and Michaelhouse each won one game. St Charles and Michaelhouse both lost two games, and Kearsney lost one match and drew the two-day game.

St Charles did well in the two-day game, scoring 271-8 declared with Matt Ford and Ryan Sclanders top-scoring. This was in reply to Kingswood’s first innings of 74. Jarad Streicher­ and Keith Stanger both captured four wickets.

They were better in their second innings where they made 197. Keagan Davids took six wickets in the second innings. St Charles then only had to score one run in their second innings for a 10-wicket win.

No results were received from Clifton­.

RESULTS

Two-day games:

Hilton 157 (Curran 31, Negri 30) and 153-7 (Mukansi 67*); St Andrews College 245-9 dec (Curran 3/26).

Match drawn.

Kingswood 74 (Streicher 4/17, Stanger 4/24) and 197 (Davids 6/31); St Charles 271-8 dec (Sclanders 78, Ford 86) and 1-0. St Charles won by 10 wickets.

St Albans 289 and 206; Kearsney 150 and 141-1 (Airey 87*). Match drawn.

St Stithians 228-8 dec; Michaelhouse 61 and following on 82. St Stithians won by an innings and 85 runs.

Saturday

Michaelhouse 179 (Anderson 60); St Davids 156 (Oldfield 4/22). Michaelhouse won by 23 runs.

Hilton 214-7 (Shield 45, Curran 32); Kingswood 168 (Shield 4/43, Delport 3/28). Hilton won by 46 runs.

T20: Cornwall Hill 125; St Charles 121. Cornwall Hill won by four runs.

T20 Kearsney 103; St Andrews School 104-8. St Andrews won by two wickets.

Sunday

Kearsney 183 (Wallace 48, Airey 58); St Andrews Col 135. Kearsney won by 48 runs.

St Charles 95; St John’s 96-3 (Nundlall 3/16). St Johns won by seven wickets.

Michaelhouse 174 (Stephan 43, Anderson 30); St Benedicts 175-6. St Benedicts won by four wickets.

Hilton 212-8 (Mercer 52, Shield 57); St Andrews School 158 (Negri 4/25, Shield 3/43). Hilton won by 54 runs.

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