Heartbreak for Hilton against Westville

2013-02-09 00:00

AFTER a few busy weeks for cricketers at schools in the Midlands, this last week has had no night cricket, so players will probably be better prepared for cricket today.

Hilton are an exception as they played in the KZN final of the CSA T20 competition at Kingsmead on Thursday afternoon.

It was a heart-breaking for Hilton as they lost on the final ball of the game against Westville. The latter can thank Luke Schlemmer and Alex Whitelaw, who put on an undefeated 80 for the fifth wicket to take them to victory and to represent the Dolphin’s franchise for the second time, at the finals in Stellenbosch in two weeks time.

Hilton had scored 123 for five in the allotted 20 overs, with Jared Edy (28*) and Michael Dedekind (32*) taking their side to a competitive total. Hilton looked as if they would hold off Westville, with the latter requiring nine runs off the last over to be bowled by Lungi Ngidi. A four was needed off the last ball for the win and Ngidi, who had bowled full and straight for the first five balls, bowled a bouncer that was top-edged over the wicketkeeper’s head for a boundary and the win.

The match to watch today is at Hilton where they are playing Kearsney. Although Hilton lost against Grey College in Bloemfontein last weekend, they are unbeaten in the province other than in the T20 on Thursday. They will be hoping that they again produce some good cricket against Kearsney, who surprised against St Charles with the easy win after playing very little cricket. Another good bowling performance by Kearsney could make it difficult for the home side.

Staying in the Midlands, the match at Michaelhouse, where they are hosting Maritzburg College, could also be a good contest. On paper it should be a win for Michaelhouse, but College have shown some improvement over their last few matches. The home side were stunned by the unlikely win by Northwood last time out and they will be keen to win today.

St Charles and DHS meet on the St Charles Oval, arguably the top school cricket ground among the top 10 schools. The visitors will not feel particularly confident as they lost against both Northwood and Clifton. St Charles had a comfortable win against Northwood and this should make them favourites, but they will have to play better than they did last Saturday.

The two matches in Durban see Northwood hosting Glenwood and Clifton at home again Westville. Northwood will have gained much confidence after their win last Saturday and it will not be easy for Glenwood. Clifton will put up as much fight as possible against Westville and the latter will be reminded of the losses against Clifton in 2010 and 2011 and not to be complacent.

Selected fixtures: Hilton vs Kearsney; Michaelhouse vs Maritzburg College; St Charles vs DHS; Northwood vs Glenwood; Clifton vs Westville; Thomas More vs St Henrys; Weston vs Voortrekker; Westville III vs Hillcrest; George Campbell vs Amanzimtoti; Kingsway vs Pinetown; Kloof vs Crawford LL; Carter vs MCS

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