M. College look the team to beat

2011-09-27 00:00

The College first side is emerging as the team to beat after an emphatic defeat of Kearsney last weekend and the win against Durban High School this past Saturday.

College won the toss and elected to bat on Goldstones. Kewan Harries (51 off 66 balls) and Josh Rencken (35 off 97) got the team off to a solid start, but at 60 without loss after 15 overs, DHS pegged the run rate and the 10 overs before tea yielded just 30 runs.

Both openers fell in the same over and College were 94 for two after 27 overs. College captain and South Africa U19 all-rounder Calvin Savage went quickly and a patient partnership of 33 off 47 balls between Gareth Orr (27 off 43) and Greg Miller (15 off 17) took the total to 135-4 after 37.

Grant Glutz (14 off 12) and Tim Guise-Brown (23 off 29) scored briskly to realise 37 off 30 balls before Stefan Ungerer (14 off 14) and Andy Charters (10 off 13) got College to 206 in their 50 overs.

After lunch, both DHS openers had early lives in the first three overs and this allowed them to settle and add 30 for the first wicket when Lionel Fouche, standing in as opening bowler for the absent Daryn Dupavillon, who was away at the National U17 Camp, induced a poor shot from Jarryd van Heerden (20 off 18). The second DHS wicket fell on 69 when Guise-Brown made the breakthrough.

At the halfway stage DHS were well placed at 90-2 and in a position to push for a win, but in the second over after tea Fouche nipped one through the defence of DHS captain John Grewar (38 off 79) and at 100-3 it was anyone’s game.

Diaan Kotze (33 off 55) and Byron Bosch (16 off 34) added 42 runs for the fourth wicket before fast bowler Savage came on for a third spell to rip the heart out of the DHS middle order, taking three wickets in two overs of aggressive pace to take the game away from the visitors.

Savage (3-20 in nine overs), Fouche (2-32 in 10) and Andy Charters­ (2-30 in 9,4) were the pick of the College attack.

“The intensity of the College effort increased in the second half of the DHS innings,” said coach Mike Bechet­.

St Charles played a two-day practice match against Glenwood with their 13-player squads for this weekend’s Oppenheimer Week getting a run.

“It was played in tremendous spirit and there was some quality cricket,” said St Charles coach Dave Karlsen. “We were in trouble, they were in trouble, it was really competitive stuff.”

Karlsen said it was great to have St Charles captain Matt Ford (2-27) back after more than six months out with a knee injury while there were good outings for Wiaan Luttig (65*) and Keith Stanger (48) who put on 96 for the last wicket, as well as Gareth­ Rall (2/52), Dean Robinson (78) and Keagan Davids (3/23).

“Several Glenwood boys also put in good performances,” Karlsen said.

Lance Padayachee (3-54), Gareth Wissing (57) and Glenwood captain Grove Venter (40) shone for the Durban school.

Last Saturday the Maritzburg College first XI beat Kearsney by 138 runs after posting a sizeable total­ before Savage and Dupavillon knocked over the top-order to kill the game off as a contest.

Hilton are on tour at the St George’s Twenty20 Festival in Harare, Zimbabwe.

SCORES IN BRIEF

Maritzburg College 206-10 in 50 overs (K Harries 51, J Rencken 35). DHS 177-10 in 48,4 overs (C Savage 3/20). College won by 29 runs.

St Charles 292 (D Robinson 78, W Luttig 65*, K Stanger 48, L Padayachee 3-54). Glenwood 189 (G Wissing 57, G Venter 40, K Davids 3-23, M Ford 2-27, G Rall 2/52). Draw (practice

match).

Voortrekker 77. Glenwood seconds 79/8. Glenwood seconds­ won by two wickets.

Northwood 210 (Riekert 45, Northcot 80, Reddy 3-30). Westville 161-9 (Reddy 35, Harvey 51, Aaron 3/23). Draw (rain stopped play).

Grosvenor 68. George Campbell 69/2. George Campbell won by eight wickets.

Maritzburg College 245-7 in 50 overs (K Harries 80, G Orr 47, C Savage 36, T Guise-Brown 25). Kearsney 107/10 in 36.1 overs (D Dupavillon 4/31). College won by 138 runs.

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