Maritzburg College draw against Michaelhouse after rain stops play

2015-02-03 00:00

MOST school matches this past weekend managed to produce results, with rain having the final say in the two-and-a-half day clash between Michaelhouse and Maritzburg College.

When the match had to be called off, it was at an interesting phase and it’s a pity that only speculation was left to ponder on what could have been.

Elsewhere, the talented Julian Yeats knocked an unbeaten 100 for Hilton College against Clifton College, Kearsney College proved too strong for Durban High School, Glenwood High School took out Westville Boys’ High School, St Charles College and Northwood were involved in a humdinger in Maritzburg and Wartburg’s seconds were no match for Treverton’s firsts.

Michaelhouse v College

Played at Michaelhouse, the hosts won the toss on Friday afternoon on what looked a belter of a batting wicket and took first guard.

In-form opener David Geard was out to the third ball of the innings as David Small struck early, but Ryan Anderson and Matthew Armstrong restored order with a 100-run second wicket partnership before Armstrong departed for a well-played 50.

Bad light ended play for the day with Michaelhouse on 107-2 after 37 overs.

Day two saw Michaelhouse start well and at 182-2 it looked ominous for College. However, the bowlers dug in and a flurry of wickets, including Anderson for 96, saw Michaelhouse plummet to 199-6, with Dylan Shepstone (2-22) and Charl Frackers (2-57) doing the damage.

Rain decided to visit and an early lunch was taken, with Michaelhouse declaring on 218-7 after 75 overs.

With College skipper and opener Bryce Tullis off the field due to illness, Randall Ramnarain off for stitches to a split webbing and Bryce Allchin having pulled ligaments in his ankle, there was some serious changes to the batting order. Matthew Dicks and Lyle Getkate opened, the latter departing early, to allow Jiveshan Pillay and Dicks to see College through to 50-1 at the close after 17 overs.

Rain again intervened on the final day, making batting on a moist pitch difficult. Dicks fell for 30 and Frackers followed soon after, leaving Jody Saayman and Pillay to restore order. They did this to the tune of 52 runs and when Jean de Wet followed Saayman’s demise, College were 126-5 with effectively three batsmen left.

Small (56) and Pillay added 91 for the sixth wicket and as the weather closed in again it was a question of whether Pillay, on 91, would reach his century.

It was not to be as he ran out of partners, finishing on 95* and College were forced to declare on 219-8 after 70.4 overs. Pillay had faced 203 balls and batted for 70 overs.

At lunch, before Michaelhouse could start their second innings, the heavens opened and it was game over with no further play possible.

Michaelhouse 218-7 dec. (Anderson 96, Armstrong 50; Small 2-23, Frackers 2-22, Shepstone 2-57)

College 219- 8 dec. (Pillay 95*, Small 56, Dicks 30)

Match drawn.

St Charles v Northwood

A bowler-friendly wicket greeted the teams at St Charles Oval, where Northwood called correctly and asked the hosts to bat.

It was never easy to score runs, with St Charles working hard to reach 109 all out from 63 overs. This was thanks to an eighth wicket partnership of 29 between captain Luke Barnard (27) and Mathys van Lingen (17), ensuring the target crept beyond 100.

At 80-2, Northwood had the game in the bag, but William Squires had other ideas. After a fortuitous caught-and-bowled, he single-handedly changed the game, his pace and swing doing the business.

He bagged his third five-wicket haul of the season (5-26) and was ably supported by Tim Nefdt with 4-18 as they took eight wickets for 24 runs to snatch an unlikely, yet heroic, five-run win for St Charles.

St Charles 109 (Barnard 27)

Northwood 104 (Squires 5-26, Nefdt 4-18)

St Charles won by five runs.

Wartburg Kirchdorf School v Treverton

This 50-over clash at Wartburg, saw the hosts’ second team take on Treverton’s first side. Winning the toss, Wartburg batted first and reached 110 all out in the 31st over, Ruben Hohls (26) and Sibusiso Zungu (24*) the best with willow in hand.

It was a score that was never quite enough and Treverton made light work of chasing it down, winning comfortably by nine wickets in the end.

Wartburg 110 (Hohls 26, Zungu 24*)

Treverton 111-1

Treverton won by nine wickets.

Kearsney v DHS

Played at DHS, the visitors from up the hill had the better of proceedings, running out winners by five wickets.

Batting first, DHS knocked up 157-7, with Cameron Lees doing the damage with 3-40.

In reply, Kearsney’s charge was led by Graham Hudson, son of current SA convenor of selectors Andrew Hudson, and definitely a chip off the old block, as he fired off a slick 38 runs to see his side home.

Kearsney’s team has also made the regional final of the National T20 Challenge, having beaten DHS by eight wickets and meet Glenwood at Kingsmead.

DHS 157-7 (Loxton 32; Lees 3-40)

Kearsney 158-5 (Hudson 38; Bryan 3-61)

Kearsney won by five wickets.

Glenwood v Westville

Played on a slow wicket with a slow outfield at Glenwood, Westville was asked to bat, reaching 163-9 in their 50 overs.

Craig Schlemmer’s 74 was a stout effort, and Glenwood’s pick of the bowlers were Stabiso Zungu (3-35) and Jordan Grobbelaar (2-20).

Westville climbed in with the ball, having Glenwood 3-3 and later 20-4. However, an outstanding 100-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Grobbelaar (44) and Jason Wagener (54) put the hosts back on track and they reached 164-7 to win by three wickets.

Westville 163-9 (Schlemmer 74; Zungu 3-35, Grobbelaar 2-20)

Glenwood 164-7 (Wagener 54, Grobbelaar 44)

Glenwood won by three wickets.

Hilton v Clifton

Rain ruined this affair at Hilton after the home side had reached 234-4 on the back of a superb Julian Yeats century, the prolific batsman ending undefeated on 103.

Daniel Hirschowitz was also in good form, contributing 83.

Clifton never got to bat.

Hilton 234-4 (Yeats 103*, Hirschowitz 83)

Rain stopped play.

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