Limited schools action this week

2008-02-16 00:00

Today sees a Saturday with limited cricket as many of the schools with boarding establishments take their half-term break.

Some of the Independent schools have travelled to Pretoria to play in the Independent Schools Festival at St Albans, which has become a permanent fixture in the schools cricketing calendar.

Hilton College hold the inaugural U16 Festival, with just four schools participating this year. They have combined with four U15 sides from the same four schools, Hilton, St Charles, St Johns and St Albans.

On the local scene there are two top-level matches, the first at DHS where they host Northwood.

Northwood have lost to both Glenwood and St Charles, while DHS beat Westville, drew two and lost one in Port Elizabeth. On paper, DHS have the extra experience to win today.

The other top-level game is at Westville, where they are hosting Glenwood, who have played seven matches and have won two with three losses and two with no result because of rain. Westville have had a disastrous season to date, losing three of their four matches played.

Clifton, back in the top flight after 20 years, travel to play Thomas More and should win this match easily.

A healthy rivalry has built up in the last few years between Carter and Hillcrest and they meet one another today at Hillcrest. At the Independent Schools Festival at St Albans, both St Charles and Hilton drew their matches and Kearsney lost to St Johns from Zimbabwe. St Charles bowled out St Andrews for 192 scored in 73 overs and they were 175 for seven in 48 overs. Taylor Cox was again the most successful bowler from St Charles taking five wickets, the third time he has achieved this feat in seven matches.

Another good bowling performance was the four wickets taken by Courtney Allen from Hilton when they bowled St Davids out for 147. At close of play, Hilton was hanging on at 88 for eight.

Kearsney had an exciting game against the visitors from Harare. St Johns were bowled out for 190 and, in the penultimate over, Kearsney was bowled out 10 runs short.

At the Hilton Festival, the first day declaration games and in the Under 16 age group, Hilton did well to beat St Johns by six wickets, with St Charles drawing with St Albans in an even contest. In the Under 15 it was the visitors that won both matches. St Johns beat St Charles by 71 runs, while St Albans had a closer match against Hilton, winning by two wickets, where 2 St Alban players starred. J. Madden took six wickets and J Warsop scored a ton.

Fixtures (home side first): DHS v Northwood; Westville v Glenwood; Thomas More v Clifton; Hillcrest v Carter; Grosvenor v D&D; Pinetown v George Campbell; New Forest v Kloof; Kingsway v St Henrys; Wembley v Wartburg

At St Albans 20/20: Hilton v St Johns - Harare; St Charles v St Benedicts; Kearsney v Woodridge

At Hilton: U16 Hilton v St Albans; St Charles v St Albans; U15: Hilton v St Johns; St Charles v St Albans.

Under 16:

St Johns 105 (Hill 52, Richmond 4/12)

Hilton 107-4 (Gilfillan 44, Groom 30)

Hilton won by 6 wkts. St Albans 187-9 (van Staden 40, Raymond 32, Dukes 3/39, Rossouw 3/32)

St Charles 167-8 (Barron 57, Ford 37, van der Byl 3/43). Match drawn

Under 15:

Hilton 153 (Shield 63, McCrae 31, Madden 6/14)

St Albans 154-8 (Warsop 103, Mercer 3/23)

St Albans won by 2 wkts; St Johns 227 (Newton 70, McGraw 40, Valjalo 34, Wolfe-Coote 31); St Charles 156 (Newton 4/24, Valjalo 3/37); St Johns won by 71 runs.

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