Maritzburg College and Kearsney are top cricket schools for 2010, with Howick in 11th position

2010-12-11 00:00

THE 2010 school cricket season saw some upsets where the favoured sides lost, but over the year it was Maritzburg College and Kearsney that netted the top statistics.

This was shown in the new ranking of the top 10 schools in the province, based on the percentage of games won and lost and the individual abilities of the players in the teams. The 20/20 matches have been excluded in the reckoning. Maritzburg College, followed by Kearsney lead by a narrow margin. There is then a gap with Glenwood next, followed by DHS. Westville and St Charles and Michaelhouse follow behind them. The bottom three positions are filled by Hilton, Clifton and Northwood.

Maritzburg College

College played 33 matches which included 11 in England. They won 82% of their matches which included wins against all 11 of the schools played in England. Amongst the local schools, they lost against Kearsney and surprisingly against Hilton. In the 10 matches played against the other sides in the top 10, College won 8 losing the 2 mentioned.

Some significant victories were wins against St Andrews College, KES, Eton and Millfield, the latter two being top sides in England. College also won the Sunfoil Day/night league. Arguably the most significant performance was bowling Glenwood out for 43 on Dixon’s at Glenwood.

The team scored 12 centuries with Nicholas Hendrie scoring five and Jarryd Walsh four. Hendrie was left stranded, unbeaten on 99 when College beat KES. Walsh top-scored with 135 against Trinityhouse. The other two centuries were by Calvin Savage and Gareth Orr. There were another 35 fifties scored by the batsmen. Darryn Dupavillon, Reagan Smith and Marco Pennesi were three bowlers to capture fifers with another six occasions when four wickets were taken by the bowlers.

It is not surprising that there were seven College boys selected for the KZN Inland under 19 team, which will be captained by their SA Schools player Savage. The others are Walsh, Hendrie, Tyler Lortan Wade Lezar, Andrew Hay and Jarryd Scott. A further three players, Kewan Harries, Nicholas Berichon and Andrew Charters, are in the under 17 team.

Kearsney

Kearsney won 57% of their 21 matches played. Locally against the top 10 in the province they won 54% with a number affected by rain. The only match lost was by just two runs against Westville.

Kearsney’s two wicket win against College was fully deserved as they were the only two locally unbeaten teams at the time. Their biggest win was by 217 runs against the Griquas Development team at the Oppenheimer Michaelmas Week.

Kearsney also had a strong batting top with Chad Bowes leading with three centuries and seven fifties. A further two centuries were scored. A total of 17 fifties were notched up by the batsmen. Bowes top-scored with 150 against the Australian school, Churchies.

There was just one fifer in the season from Jason Lacon-Allin, with another five occasions when bowlers captured four wickets in a match. There are four Kearsney players in the KZN Coastal under 19 team, Bowes, Mark Airey, Lacon-Allin and Richard Pentecost and three, Craig Kirsten, Declan Ahern and Michael Shadwell in the under 17.

Glenwood

Glenwood won 55% of all their games with 25% loss in their 20 matches. Against the top KZN teams they won eight of the 12 matches, losing two, which were both against Maritzburg College. Their match against Kearsney was washed out.

Glenwood’s most significant win was probably against Grey College, where they won by seven wickets after bowling Grey out for 103.

The team scored two centuries, one by Prenalen Subrayen who top-scored with an undefeated 135 against St Stithians and the other by Dylan Browne. A further 12 fifties were scored.

Shail Bissoon captured six wickets against Michaelhouse and Dylan Gouws and Mishkal Ramsaroop took fifers against DHS and Northwood respectively. Four wickets were captured on four other occasions by arguably the most varied attack in the top 10 schools.

There were four players selected for the under 19 Coastal side, Browne, Subrayen, Sumanth Sunkari and Bissoon. Two players Javier Frost and Ramsaroop are in the under 17 team.

DHS

DHS won 35% of their 20 matches losing 20%. Amongst the KZN schools they won four of the 10 matches played losing two against College and Glenwood.

Their biggest and most significant win was the 185 run victory against Pretoria Boy’s High.

Three centuries were scored over the season by Nathan Poole, Jared van Heerden and John Grewar. Poole top-scored with 115 not out against St Charles and here Grewar also scored his century, where they compiled 211 for the 2nd wicket. The team compiled a further 10 half centuries.

Only one bowler, Van Heerden took five wickets in the match against Westville. Four wickets by a bowler was taken only on two other occasions. Captain and only DHS representative in the KZN Coastal under 19 team is Poole. Grewar, van Heerden and Aatish Maharaj are in the under 17 team.

Westville

Westville won as many games as they lost against the top KZN schools. Overall they had a 25% win against the 45% loss in the 20 matches played in the year.

The most significant win was the narrow two run win against Kearsney. During the first term they managed to hang on for a draw.

No centuries were scored by any of the batsmen, but nine half centuries were scored with a top score of 75 by Dylan Buckthorp against DHS. Best bowling figures were the six wickets for 10 against Glenwood by Luke Schlemmer and then a fifer by Kyle Simmons. A further three four-wicket hauls were captured.

Cody Gertze and Sashlin Reddy are members of the KZN Coastal under 19 team with Simmonds and Dudu Zondo in the under 17 team.

St Charles

Due to having a number of representatives in the under 19 and 17 Inland teams, St Charles has been ranked ahead of Michaelhouse and Hilton. The game against Hilton was rained off with Hilton in a difficult situation, having lost three wickets for 39 in pursuit of 263 for six made by St Charles. Under 19 representatives are Gareth Dukes, Zamo Cele, Vaughan Moses, Keagan Davids and Khivaar Mohanlall. Matthew Ford captains the under 17 team with fellow players Dean Robinson, Ryan Sclanders, and Kalin Nundlall in the team.

St Charles won 29% of their 28 matches losing 36%. They won two of their matches against the top 10, losing five. Greg Ford top-scored with an undefeated 145 against Michaelhouse, a match they won convincingly. One other century was scored by Paul Vincent against St Stithians. There were 17 fifties scored.

In the bowling department, Dukes and Grant Stone both captured fifers with a seven-wicket haul taken by Matthew Tweddle against Cornwall Hill. There were a further five four-wicket hauls.

Michaelhouse

Although Michaelhouse won 35% of their 20 matches played they only won 25% against the top 10, losing 50% and thus have been placed behind Westville. Rain prevented the two teams playing one another.

The Balgowan side would have been pleased of their two wins against rivals Hilton but their biggest victory was by eight wickets against Northwood.

Colin Davson was the only centurion, making 102 against St Charles. A further nine fifties were scored. Only Andrew Stephens captured five wickets in a match when he did so in their first game against Paarl BHS. Three other bowlers took four wickets in a match.

It must be many years since Michaelhouse have not had any representatives in either the under 19 or 17 KZN Inland teams.

Hilton

Hilton won 30% of the 27 matches played which included eight games in England. They however lost 48% of the games. Of the nine matches against the top KZN schools, they won three which included an eight-run win against Maritzburg College and lost five.

Jason Matthews top-score with an undefeated 105 against College, with another 18 half centuries scored. Topping the bowling was Mark Berman with seven wickets against Grey College and Kevin Davies with six against Charterhouse. A further five-wicket haul was taken by Burman against Wellington College. On six other occasions, four wickets were taken in a match. Hilton had no representative in the Inland under 19, with just one player chosen for the under 17 team, Tintswalo Mukhansi.

Clifton

Clifton slipped ahead of Northwood, winning 31% of their 16 games and losing 25%. They played six matches against the top 10 schools, but did not win one game. They lost four of those games. There best result would have been an exciting tie against Westville.

There were eight half centuries scored, with a top score of 93 by Senuran Muthusamy. and two bowlers who captured a fifer, Muthusamy against Thomas More and Matthew Hughes against Pinetown. The top performance was Phillip Davies with six wickets for 18 against George Campbell. Ross Logan was selected for the under 19 Coastals team with Muthusamy in the under 17 line-up.

Northwood

Northwood won only 21% of their matches, losing 71% of the 21 played. They also did not win a game against the top 10 schools and lost 86% of those eight games.

Two centuries were scored, by Grant Edgar and Khalipha Cele, both in the same match against Stellenbosch. A further three fifties were scored in the year. Mikko van Breeman captured six wickets against Thomas More with four wickets taken on five occasions. Cele was selected for the Coastals under 19 side and Shahid Ebrahim for the under 17 team.

Howick

Howick beat Thomas More in the last game of the season and are therefore probably the next best team in the province.

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