Kingsmead Mynahs lads show promise

2013-12-19 00:00

THERE were doubts as to whether a Kingsmead Mynahs schoolboy side would be selected this year due to financial constraints, but generous sponsors enabled the show to get under way.

Invites were sent to schools around the province and 63 boys arrived at Kingsmead for trials in late November.

A squad of 13 was selected for a series of five matches and the boys were presented with their caps at Luther Field, Kloof, by Dolphins batsman Cameron Delport.

Late selection meant the side went straight into their first match at Eston without any practice and a team chat determined Glenwood’s Tim Louw as captain and Maritzburg College’s Bryce Tullis vice-captain.

“There were times when the boys played good cricket but consistency was a problem throughout the week,” said team coach Richard Moolman. “Against stronger opposition some of the players battled, but others dug in and put their hands up for higher honours next year, although they will need to work at their game. During the week, the team improved their skills and played to their potential.”

Kingsmead Mynahs v KZN Inland U17

This was a two-day declaration match played at the Beaumont Club in Eston.

The Mynahs lost the toss and bowled first. Initially, they were good up front but Inland put together a solid partnership for the sixth wicket. Towards the end, the Mynahs bowlers were loose and Inland’s 259-7 in 65 overs was challenging.

James Tedder and Tyrone Koen combined to see the Mynahs through to 270-5 in the only innings they played as rain curtailed proceedings. A 20/20 was played instead but again the weather intervened.

Inland 259-7 (Tatum 100, Edy 72*, Marshall 30; Gounder 3/46)

Mynahs 270-5 (Tedder 91, Koen 89)

Match Drawn.

20/20

Inland 134-6 (Wormington 40, Tatum 38; Petzer 3-16)

Mynahs 19-2

Washed Out.

Mynahs v Futura Sports Academy

Played at Berea Rovers, this was a 50-over match, with Mynahs winning the toss and batting. Poor shots and good bowling combined to have the schoolboys out for 135, a score they could not defend despite some promising bowling.

Mynahs 135 (Schlemmer 35; Wheal 4-18)

Futura 136-1 (Armstrong 49*)

Futura won by nine wkts.

Mynahs v Crickets

This was a 30-over affair, played at Luther Field in Kloof. The Crickets batted first, reaching 147-7.

Mynahs responded with an opening stand of 78 but then threw the game away in a tense finish, losing by four runs.

Crickets 147-7 (Miller 30*)

Mynahs 143-6 (Tullis 35, Martin 33)

Crickets won by four runs.

Mynahs v Mynahs Old Boys

Scheduled to be played at Eston, this 50-over match was called off without a ball being bowled.

Mynahs v KZN Inland U19

In the 50-over match played at the PMB Oval, the Mynahs fielded after winning the toss.

Early wickets were undone by dropped chances and a fourth-wicket partnership set Inland up for a big score. Tyrone Koen pulled them back to 248-8 and with bat in hand, he combined with James Tedder to keep Mynahs in the chase. Once they were out, Mynahs collapsed to 166 all out.

KZN Inland 248-8 (Forrester-Smith 80, Reeves 63; Koen 4/23)

Mynahs 166 (Koen 34, Tedder 52)

Inland won by 82 runs.

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