Glenwood and St Charles set for tight match

2010-01-30 00:00

THERE are four particularly interesting matches in KZN today, two in the Maritzburg area and two in Durban. The top four sides at this early stage are arguably Maritzburg College, St Charles, Kearsney and Glenwood.

The match of the weekend is likely to be the clash in the capital between St Charles and Glenwood. The only school they have both played is Michaelhouse, and Glenwood beat them relatively easily in a day/night fixture over 40 overs.

St Charles played Michaelhouse in a declaration game and drew the match, but if rain had not come with six overs remaining, Michaelhouse would likely have won, as they needed 18 runs with five wickets in hand.

Glenwood look to be a competent side as they have a good blend of pace and spin in their bowling attack and while St Charles probably have the stronger batting line-up, the Glenwood bowlers could have the upper hand. The game is likely to be very tight.

Another tight match is likely between DHS and visitors Westville. Neither has done particularly well and they both need a win to give them confidence in the matches ahead. Westville have a particularly young side and they will undoubtedly develop under the coaching of former Dolphins stalwart Doug Watson.

DHS need their senior players to stand up and be counted. In the early game only one or two individuals have done reasonably well, but the support from other members of the team has sometimes been lacking. The more experienced DHS will, however, be narrow favourites at this stage.

Kearsney will be hosting Michaelhouse and as both teams have played three common teams, a comparison can be made.

Against Churchies from Brisbane in Australia, Michaelhouse won by eight wickets and Kearsney by a massive 211 runs. In this match Chad Bowes, one of Kearsney’s senior players, scored 150. Against St Johns from Harare, Kearsney won by eight wickets and Michaelhouse by six wickets.

The third side they have both played is Paarl Boys and here Kearsney had another big win by 140 runs.

Michaelhouse were 133 for five in reply to Paarl’s 176 when stumps were drawn. In each of these three games Kearsney have done better than Michaelhouse, but the latter showed on Thursday night they will not be intimidated and the game could go down to the wire.

Maritzburg College travel up the hill to Hilton and with College looking to be the top side in the province, they should have the better of the match. College have won all five matches played, whereas Hilton have won one, lost one and drawn the other two games.

The top College batting looks very strong, with captain Jarryd Walsh scoring a ton and two half-centuries in the five games.

Fellow opener Kewan Harries also has scored a ton to go with four scores over 30.

Gareth Sharpe is another who has two good scores. In the bowling, Andy Charters and Marco Pennesi have been the most successful.

Northwood and Clifton are both involved against second-tier sides and they should both win comfortably.

Northwood meet Thomas More and Clifton play at home against Pinetown. Crawford La Lucia will be hosting the Clifton second XI.

Among the second-tier teams, rivals Kloof and Hillcrest should provide entertainment for their supporters. Last year the match was cancelled due to rain, so both schools will be keen to continue with their rivalry.

Howick, who appear to be one of the top second-tier teams, travel to play at Kingsway. Ryan Stanbury — after success against Westville on Wednesday — will relish the chance of another team-winning performance.

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(home side first)

St Charles v Glenwood; DHS v Westville; Kearsney v Michaelhouse; Hilton v Maritzburg College; Northwood v Thomas More; Pinetown v Clifton; Crawford LL v Clifton II, Kloof v Hillcrest; Kingsway v Howick; Weston v Voortrekker; Treverton v Maritzburg College III; St Henry’s v Durban & Districts; Brettonwood v Northwood II

Other selected matches (venue unknown): Carter v Alexandra; New Forest v Amanzimtoti; Port Natal v George Campbell; Grace v MCS.

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