Kearsney pull off a stout 3-wicket win over College

2014-10-28 00:00

KEARSNEY College produced the highlight of the weekend with a stout win against Maritzburg College on Goldstones in a high scoring affair.

Elsewhere, St Charles proved too strong for Clifton and Glenwood crossed the line against neighbours and rivals DHS.

College v Kearsney

On what looked an ideal batting strip on Goldstones, College skipper Bryce Tullis had no second thoughts in batting first after winning the toss.

Finding their line and length early, Kearsney’s bowlers made batting tough, Tullis departing early to bring the consistent Brad Hope to the crease, joining Sohail Mahmoud. The pair knuckled down well, taking the score to 90-1 at drinks, Mahmoud the first to bring up 50, followed shortly after by Hope, who passed the mark for the seventh time in eight innings.

A partnership of 148 was finally broken when Hope was LBW for 63, bringing Jean de Wet to the crease to keep the runs flowing. Mahmoud went to his maiden century for the College 1st team, out for 114 from 128 balls.

His departure saw a mini collapse as College fell away toward the back end of the innings, the batsmen paying in their endeavour to score quick runs. From 222-6, College reached 233-6, in hindsight about 15 runs short of what they would have liked. For Kearsney, Francois van der Merwe’s swing picked up 3-37.

Kearsney were soon in trouble, reeling at 9-2 with KZN Coastal batsman Keegan Foss back in the hut. Enter the Tedder cousins, James and Tristan, who set Kearsney back on course with a third-wicket partnership of 160. Tristan was positive from the start, getting stuck into the College bowlers as the visitors grabbed control on 134-2 after 25 overs, needing 100 from the remaining 25 overs.

Tristan departed soon after reaching his century for 101, leaving James (82*) to see Kearsney home by three wickets.

College fought hard, leaving Kearsney to get 17 runs with three wickets in the bag, but were their own worst enemy, dropping two catches which would have made the situation more than interesting.

College 233-6 (Mahmoud 114, Hope 63, De Wet 22; Van der Merwe 3-37)

Kearsney 234-7 (T Tedder 101, J Tedder 82*; Hope 2-44, Zuma 2-44).

Kearsney won by three wickets.

St Charles v Clifton

Clifton travelled to Pietermaritzburg and opted to bat first in overcast conditions. A decent track allowed for positive batting and at 80-2, Clifton was well placed.

However, Michael Darroch got St Charles back into the game with a runout, which signalled a collapse for the visitors.

A further two quick wickets saw St Charles gain the momentum which they made good use of, bowling out Clifton for 167, Marc Knobel finishing with 3-42 after his 7-49 against College the previous week. Ferdie Luttig and Eric de Rauville chipped in with two wickets each.

St Charles made maximum use of the wicket, chasing down the target for the loss of a single wicket, scoring at a healthy rate as the light deteriorated.

Opener Zac Kourtsoris was the only wicket to fall for a well played 76. His opening partner De Rauville finished unbeaten on 69 and Mark Ortmann weighed in with a quick 20 to seal Clifton’s fate.

Clifton 167 (Knobel 3-42)

St Charles 168-1 (Kourtsoris 78, De Rauville 69*)

St Charles won by nine wickets.

OTHER RESULTS

Glenwood 184-7 (Bossr 57, Wagener 31*; Matthysen 4-10)

DHS 104 (Kirkham 3-17, Mfoza 3-24)

Glenwood won by 80 runs.

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