Hilton, St Charles, through to final stage

2013-01-29 00:00

THE Cricket SA T20 reached the final stage in KZN Inland with both semi-finals being played on Sunday morning. Both games were won by the side batting second and in both cases it was the visiting side that took the spoils.

At Michaelhouse, the home side elected to bat, but struggled with some tight Hilton bowling and a heavy outfield.

Luc Maingard took two wickets in his first two overs, sending both openers back to the pavilion. With Greg Oldfield, who was playing his first game after a shoulder injury received during the Cubs U19 week in early January again hurting his shoulder, Michaelhouse was in trouble.

When Maingard came on for his second spell, he removed George Rowles who had made 23, the innings’ top score, as they reached just 92/8. Maingard finished with 3/9 runs in his four overs.

The heavy outfield made runs difficult to score and it took Hilton 18.3 overs before they won the game.

Marc van Wymeersch was again the anchor, scoring 28, but when he was the third wicket to fall with the score on 54 and another fell shortly after, Michaelhouse’s hopes would have risen. It was Maingard again who was aggressive, scoring 24 in 18 balls, which included three fours.

This gave Hilton an unexpected win against the Balgowan lads, who have been tipped as the possible top Inland side.

At College, it was St Charles who elected to field and their bowlers and some sharp fielding kept the pressure on the College batsmen so that they were never able to get the rate over five to the over.

Sohail Mahmoud top scored with 28 in 26 balls, but the batting stuttered when he was the second wicket to fall. Most successful of the bowlers was Eric de Rauville with two wickets.

St Charles batsmen were prepared to wait for the loose ball and not take undue risks.

Mahmoud was the most economical of the College bowlers, going for just 14 runs in his four overs but only taking one wicket.

After 10 overs, St Charles had 46/3, slightly better than 43 for 3 by College at the same stage. The next five overs saw St Charles score 30 runs without further loss of a wicket, compared to 22 by College who did lose a wicket.

Captain Andrew Darroch came in intent on winning the game and he scored 28 in 17 balls to see St Charles home after the first ball of the 18th over. Kurtlynn Mannikum was the only College bowler to capture two wickets as St Charles won by six wickets.

In the first three years of this national competition, College has won the Inland final.

In 2012, Westville won the KZN final and the right to represent the Dolphins franchise in the national finals, after College had done so in 2010 and 2011.

SCORES IN BRIEF

Michaelhouse 92-8 (Maingard 3/9); Hilton 94-4

(van Wymeesch 28, de Chastelain 2/14);

Hilton won by 6 wkts

M College 95/4 (Mahmoud 28, de Rauville 2/19); St Charles 97-5 (Darroch 28*, Mannikum 2/23);

St Charles won by 5 wkts.

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