National cricket festivals get started in KZN

2008-12-10 00:00

TWO further national age-group festivals begin this morning, both in KwaZulu-Natal. The Standard Bank U13 Festival began on Sunday in Pretoria and tomorrow the PG Bison U15 Festival takes place in Oudtshoorn.

The National Boys U17 Festival is being held over four days at Michaelhouse in the midlands. The other festival beginning today is the National U19 Girls’ event, which is hosted in Durban.

All the age-group festivals will have a mixture of declaration and limited-overs games, which is a move in the right direction as in the past few years the games were all limited overs. Spin bowlers were limited in the number of overs bowled, whereas with declaration games they will not be.

Today, the Inland U17 side play against Easterns and Coastals are up against North West. The fixtures for the second declaration game tomorrow will only be decided this evening.

On Friday, all teams play the first of two 50-over games and here Inland and Coastals face tough opposition. Inland will play Eastern Province and Coastals are up against Free State.

Most of the matches are at Michaelhouse, with two games each day at Hilton. Coastals will be playing at Hilton today.

The U19 girls are based in Durban, with Inland facing Limpopo at Kearsney and Coastals playing Border at the Chatsworth Oval. The Thursday fixtures have Inland playing on Luther field at Kloof against Mpumalanga and Coastals are at Kearsney against Gauteng.

The second day of the Standard Bank U13 week in Pretoria was again affected by late afternoon rain. On the first day, Inland lost before the rain could save them against Eastern Province. Coastals held on until the rain, which earned them a lucky draw against Northerns.

Yesterday, it was Coastals who were bowled out for 116 against Boland and they lost by two wickets. Campbell Caley from Clifton scored almost half of their runs with an undefeated 52. Luke Schlemmer (Durban Preparatory High School) was again successful when he captured three wickets.

The Inland U13s were unlucky to draw against Mpumulanga after they had bowled them out for 146. When the rain came, Inland were on 125 for four with Tyron Walsh (Merchiston) on an undefeated 46. Walsh was instrumental in taking four quick wickets for just four runs. Yashvir Harbhajan (Huttenpark) also batted well for 32.

Scores in brief:

Mpumalanga 146 (Walsh /4), Inland 125-4 (Harbhajan 32, Walsh 46*)

Rain stopped play, match drawn.

Coastals 116 (Caley 52*), Boland 122-8 (Schlemmer 3/40)

Coastals lost by 2 wkts.

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