Inclement weather plays a role as some games had to be cancelled

2010-01-26 00:00

MOST sides in the Pietermaritzburg area played despite the heavy rain that took place on Friday afternoon. One game that would have pitted two of the stronger KwaZulu-Natal sides, Maritzburg College and Kearsney, against one another did not take place. The heavy storm caused water to leak under the covers on Goldstones at Maritzburg College.

The match was cancelled, but perhaps a shortened game could have taken place later rather than cancelling it completely as the warm conditions would have dried the pitch by the afternoon.

 

Michaelhouse vs St Charles

The match started late and after winning the toss Michaelhouse asked their visitors to bat. The pitch was difficult and after losing three wickets, a four wickets partnership of 78 between Ryan Sclanders and Dex Hobbs put St Charles in a reasonable position. They declared after 60 overs with their score on 222 for six. Sclanders ended on 88 and a quick undefeated 57 by Grant Stone were the batting highlights. James Hitchcock returned the best bowling figures taking three wickets for 52 in 14 overs.

After the loss of an early wicket, Colin Davson and Dan Hulbert (45) added 135 for the second wicket to put Michaelhouse in sight of victory.

Davson went on to score a maiden century, but with six overs remaining rain stopped further play with Michaelhouse needing a further 18 runs with five wickets in hand.

This was a good advert for declaration cricket as a sporting declaration, with both sides willing to go for a win and good spirit on the field shown by both teams, led to a good day’s cricket.

 

Northwood vs Hilton

The thick grass on sandy soil made scoring runs on the Northwood field difficult.

Hilton, batting first, also found driving quite difficult as the ball was not coming onto the bat with any pace. They reached 188 for seven in the allotted 50 overs with Patrick Gilfillan making 37 and an undefeated 51 by Jason Matthews being the top scores.

Northwood found the conditions as difficult and they could only manage 118 runs with G. Edgar making 33. The Hilton bowlers, particularly Tiaan Slabbert, hit the right areas to give Hilton a very comfortable win.

 

Glenwood vs DHS

Visitors DHS were asked to bat first, a wise decision in the overcast conditions. Opening bowler Dylan Gouws, made the best of the conditions taking four wickets. DHS at one stage were 35 for six, but the lower order managed to get them to 97 all out in the 46th over. This was unlikely to be enough against a competent team.

Glenwood needed only 20 overs to reach the target and win by nine wickets. Mishkal Ramsaroop with 45 not out was the most aggressive of the three Glenwood batsmen.

 

Westville vs Clifton

Clifton sent Westville in to bat, hoping to use the overcast conditions to get some early wickets. It cleared fairly quickly and conditions were ideal for batting. Upfront, Jamie Koen (32) and Michael Harvey (53) set Westville up for a big total and Sashlin Reddy made good use of the batting power play to make 60 in their total of 239 for six.

Clifton batted with intent but partnerships were lacking and just as batsmen seemed set, they would lose a wicket. Michael Young, David Wittstock and Andrew Dunn all got good starts but never continued so Clifton were 38 runs short of the target at the close. Guy Sutton was the best of the bowlers on the day, taking four Clifton wickets.

This win avenges the win by Clifton in the last match of 2009.

 

Howick vs Treverton

This was the match between the two unbeaten teams at the Alex Week and it was nail-biting. Howick elected to bat but found the pitch more difficult than they thought it would be.

Only Ryan Stanbury handled the bowlers with confidence as he ended on 55 in their total of 108 scored in 32 overs. Kendall Nolan and Jarad Wright did most of the damage.

Treverton were in sight of victory at 80 for four after a steady start by Miguel Rodo and Wright, who each scored 25.

Stanbury came on for his second spell after his first four overs went wicketless. In the first over he captured two wickets, as he did in his third over and finished Treverton off in his fourth over with last two wickets. One of the wickets was caught but the other five were all bowled in this inspired spell which gave Howick a 13-run win.

 

Carter vs Wartburg

Another low-scoring match saw Carter being sent in by their visitors. Carter struggled and were all out for 84 in the 26th over. Jesse Wilson and Hayden van der Merwe had done most of the damage for Wartburg.

Were the visitors too complacent, thinking that the game had been won already? Their batting collapsed as Devon Nel took four wickets upfront and they never recovered, to be 57 all out.

SCORES IN BRIEF

St Charles 222-6 dec (Sclanders 88, Stone 57*, Hitchcock 3/52).

Michaelhouse 205-5 (Davson 102, Hulbert 45)

Match drawn.

 

Hilton 188-7 (Gilfillan 37, Matthews 51*, Proctor 3/28)

Northwood 118 (Edgar 33, Slabbert 4/16)

Hilton won by 70 runs.

 

DHS 97 (Gouws 4/20)

Glenwood 98-1 (Ramsaroop 45*)

Glenwood won by nine wickets.

 

Westville 239-6 ( Harvey 53, Reddy 60, Koen 32)

Clifton 201 (Sutton 4/40)

Westville won by 38 runs.

 

Howick 108 (Stanbury 55, Nolan 3/9, Wright 4/7)

Treverton 94 (Stanbury 6/13)

Howick won by 14 runs.

 

Carter 84 (Wilson 4/24, Van der Merwe 3/25)

Wartburg 57 (Nel 4/14)

Carter won by 24 runs.

 

Northern KZN 180 (Grobler 36, Carstens 32, Kwande 29, Kewalpersad 34, Rembold 4/32)

Weston 110 (Rembold 32, Grobler 3/10)

Northern KZN won by 70 runs.

 

St Henrys 147

Kingsway 119 (Kraaft 51)

St Henrys won by 28 runs.

 

Crawford LL 180 (Bellraj 40, Govender 30)

Werda 60 (Naidoo 3/20, Citroene 3/15)

Crawford won by 120 runs.

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