Hilton and College open Schools’ Day/Night League

2013-01-24 00:00

THE first of the senior school matches in the Sunfoil Schools’ Day/Night League took place on Tuesday between Hilton and Maritzburg College. Conditions were ideal and after winning the spin of the coin Hilton elected to bat.

Early season cricket was very evident in the College fielding where plenty of runs were leaked and Marc van Wymeersch capitalised on being dropped twice. He smashed the ball to all parts of the Maritzburg Oval, ending on a magnificent undefeated 135 off 126 balls. He and Brian Pfaff got their innings to a great start, adding 110 for the first wicket, before Pfaff was bowled by Sohail Mahmoud for 45. Matthew Holding came in and continued the good work as the score was advanced to 179 before the second wicket fell.

College were guilty of some sloppy fielding, which did not help their cause and with Van Wymeersch growing in confidence, the run rate reached five an over after 20 overs. Best of the College bowlers was Kurtlynn Mannikum, who captured the wicket of Holding and was the only bowler to go for fewer than five runs to the over.

The writing was on the wall as early as the 10th over when College were 20/3 and at the same time Hilton were 44/0. At the halfway stage, Hilton had scored 104 without loss and while College had not lost another wicket, they were 45 runs behind. Tyron Walsh and Piero Zanone were rebuilding the innings, until the latter was stumped off the bowling of Pfaff for 17, having added 47 for the fourth wicket. Walsh was out to a good running catch by Lungi Ngidi for 55, but the required rate had reached over 10 to the over. Despite some lusty blows by Shaun Wormington (21 in 24 balls) College were 147/8 after 40 overs. Luc Maingard was the best of the Hilton bowlers, taking three wickets for just 14 runs in seven overs. Ngidi and Campbell Caley each took two wickets.

The good win by Hilton also gave them a bonus point.

SCORES

Hilton 230-3 (Pfaff 45, Holding 28, van Wymeersch 135*); College 147-8 (Walsh 55, Maingard 3/14). Hilton won by 83 runs.

T20 Primary schools matches were won by Cordwalles who beat Merchiston and Winterton who beat Laddsworth. Winner goes through to the semi-finals.

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