Game brings out best in bowlers and batters

2011-11-22 00:00

THERE were only five cricket matches scheduled for the last school cricket­ Saturday of 2011, however, the weather had the final say washing out all but one game.

That one game took place at Hilton College, a venue that is more often spoilt by the weather than most others­.

Those chosen for the provincial sides to take part in the various age-group weeks in December will now get to do some team practise and warm-up matches.

The capping ceremony for the Coastal sides took place at Kingsmead last week while the Inland capping ceremony, for all the sides other than the boys U19, will take place on Sunday at the lunch interval of the one-day game between the Dolphins and the Knights at the Maritzburg Oval.

The U19 ceremony will be at 10.30 am on December 9, before a Twenty20 match against the senior Inland XI at the Oval.

 

Hilton vs Michaelhouse

Visitors Michaelhouse were sceptical of leaving Balgowan as it was raining there and play was unlikely to last a day at Hilton. The umpires deemed the ground suitable to play and although the outfield was damp, the bowlers run-ups were dry and the pitch was hard.

Hilton won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat. It would not take long before the ball became slippery and then they would be able to pile up the runs.

A solid start saw 34 runs added for the first wicket before a sharp piece of fielding saw Marc van Wymeersch, who had scored the majority of runs and was looking comfortable, run out.

The 50 runs came up in the 11th over, which was just the start the home side wanted.

That is where Hilton’s dominance ended and with the introduction of the spin duo of Cameron Macaskill and Greg Oldfield, the run rate started falling and the pressure built.

Three more wickets fell before the tea interval. However, at the half-way stage they were still handily placed on 90-4.

It took Michaelhouse bowlers just another 14 overs to have the home side all back in the pavilion for 128.

The spinners had taken seven of the nine wickets to fall to the bowlers. David Brill helped finish off the tail taking 2-10 in four overs.

Macaskill ended with 3-25 in 10 overs and Oldfield with 4-16 in seven overs, despite a wet ball.

The Michaelhouse batters played cautiously, playing balls on their merits­. They lost the first wicket in the 11th over with the score on 20, but a solid second wicket partnership between Dean Stephen and Greg Oldfield took them to 64-1 after 25 overs.

When Stephen was out for a patient 36, having added 58 for the partnership, Oldfield was joined by his captain Macaskill and they paced themselves well reaching the target in the 47th over.

Oldfield was undefeated on 54 scored off 98 balls and Macaskill had made 18 in 52 balls.

Tom Curran bowled well, taking one wicket for just 17 runs in his 10 overs.

Thus Michaelhouse won two of the three games played between the two rivals.

This game brought out the best of the bowling and the batters paced themselves well, not taking too many chances, which had led to their downfall in many of the matches.

The win in their final match, particularly as it was against Hilton, has made the disappointing season just a little sweeter.

 

SCORE IN BRIEF

Hilton 128 (Van Wymeersch 28, Macaskill 3-25, Oldfield 4/16)

Michaelhouse 130-2 (Stephen 36, Oldfield 54*)

Michaelhouse won by eight wickets.

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