Great cricket expected as season starts

2013-09-14 00:00

THE school winter sport season comes to an end today with some football matches being played, but it is also the official beginning of the cricket season. There are a full range of fixtures scheduled but some of the smaller schools will not be able to field both a soccer team and a cricket team and so their cricket fixtures will likely not be played.

The top schools will be keen to get in their matches before most of them are involved in Michaelmas Week that starts next Saturday. The two matches that should produce some good cricket are in the capital where Maritzburg College host DHS and at Glenwood, where Kearsney will take on the home side.

College have had some early season success with a win against a relatively strong Old Boys team and the five T20 games at St David’s last weekend, where three of the matches were won. This included a win against KES, the only match the Johannesburg side lost. They will come into the game with some confidence against their traditional opponents.

The match between the two schools during the first term was unfortunately washed out, but neither were world beaters. College, however, had a better win percentage and with the six games behind them, they are firm favourites to win today under their new coach Mike Smith.

Glenwood and Kearsney did not have a fixture against one another in the first term, but based on the results, Glenwood should be favourites. Kearsney were hard hit by cancelled matches due to the weather and they never really settled. Both teams have some talented cricketers and the players who can find some early form could make the difference between winning and losing.

Westville, another side hard hit by the weather, arguably with the top record during the first term, take on Clifton. They did play one another earlier in the year and Westville had a comfortable win on the Clifton field. Despite Westville’s likely win, they will be wary of Clifton, who have beaten them twice in the last three years.

Northwood will host Howick in a match that could be very one-sided. Howick have a young side in a rebuilding year and the visitors will do well to put some pressure on the home side.

St Charles and Michaelhouse were due to play one another today and while all the other teams will be playing, the first teams will play their fixture early next term at the request of St Charles.

Fixtures: Maritzburg College vs DHS; Glenwood vs Kearsney; Westville vs Clifton; Northwood vs Howick; Hillcrest vs Westville II; George Campbell vs Weston; Kloof vs Northwood II.

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