KZN Inland schools cricket sides all found wanting on the last day

2009-12-21 00:00

THE Under-19 Coca Cola Khaya Majola Week came to an end on Wednesday, but three of the other national age group tournaments played their last matches on Thursday. The Under-15s played their last games on Friday.

The occasion and the five games that came before caused the KZN Inland age group sides to falter and all four sides lost their final games. The organising committees at the various venues arranged strength against strength on the last day and the Inland sides were found wanting.

The U17 team probably did the best with Inland playing Gauteng. The latter batted first and posted a challenging 246 for 9 in their 50 overs, with Andrew Hay (Maritzburg College) taking three wickets.

Inland got off to a bright start, but once Gareth Sharpe (Maritzburg College) was out for 103 the rest couldn’t keep up the rate and Inland failed by 10 runs to reach the Gauteng total. Nick Hendrie (Maritzburg College) scored a handy 56.

On Thursday, the U15 Inland side played North West in their first 50-over match and posted 228 for 9. Robert Anderson (Michaelhouse) and Dean Robinson (St Charles) contributed 60 and 70 runs respectively. Matthew Ford (St Charles) and Lionel Fouche (Maritzburg College) took three wickets apiece.

In their last match on Friday, however, Inland lost against Border as they only made 111 all out. Border reached the target with 20 overs to spare and only one wicket down.

The two KZN sides were pitted against one another in the U13 week and here the Inland batsmen were poor in making 127. The bowlers did not exert sufficient pressure against the Coastal XI, who lost only two wickets in reaching their target. Sohail Mahmoud (Forderville) top scored for Inland with 32.

The girls’ U19s showed more confidence as the week went on, but in their last match they reached 95 all out against Free State. The latter reached the required total with five wickets in hand. Bianca Muhl (Vryheid) bowled tidily, going for 25 in eight overs, which included four maidens and one wicket.

Of all the KZN Inland teams it was the U13s who had the best results with four wins in their six matches. The U19 team played four games, winning two.

The U17 and U15 teams both won two games with three losses and a draw, while the girls’ U19s won one game and lost five.

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