Independent Schools’ Cricket Festival gets under way

2010-02-26 00:00

ST Charles, Michaelhouse and Kearsney are all away this weekend at the Independent Schools’ Cricket Festival hosted by St Albans, which normally coincides with the independent schools’ half term. This year, however, the half term was last weekend so they will miss two days of school to attend the festival.

The festival started yesterday with a new innovation of a two-day game, for which KwaZulu-Natal schools left on Wednesday. The second game tomorrow sees normal one-day declaration matches and on Sunday the schools play a 50-over match before heading home.

There are 15 schools from around the country attending the festival, as well as St Johns from Harare. Joining hosts St Albans­ and Cornwall Hill from Pretoria, are Helpmekaar, the only independent Afrikaans­ school, St Johns, St Stithians, St Davids and St Benedicts from the Johannesburg area; St Andrews School from Bloemfontein­; St Andrews College, Kingswood and Woodridge from the Eastern Cape; Bishops from Cape Town; and the three KwaZulu-Natal schools.

The two-day matches see Kearsney against St Stithians, St Charles against St Johns and Michaelhouse against St Andrews College. All three will be very competitive.

Tomorrow’s games have paired Kearsney against St Charles as this was the fixture that they would normally have played in KZN. This will possibly sort out which of the two schools is likely to be the second- ranked team in KZN after Maritzburg College. Michaelhouse will be playing St Benedicts, a game that they should win.

In the limited overs on Sunday, St Charles should win their match against Cornwall Hill from Centurion, Michaelhouse will have a tussle against St Albans and Kearsney will play Kingswood from Grahamstown­, a match that they should win.

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