Not a winning weekend for the Inland big guns

2012-01-24 00:00

THE anticipated game between St Charles and Hilton was cancelled as both teams had lost five players to the KZN Inland U19 team, who were playing Griquas on the Oval in a three-day game. Maritzburg College rose to the occasion last week to beat Westville, but the batting let them down against Glenwood. It was not a good day for the Inland teams as Michaelhouse lost against Kearsney.

 

Glenwood vs. Maritzburg College

College bowling was disciplined after they lost the toss on a hot and humid morning in Durban.

Glenwood was on the backfoot after losing two early wickets and a further two in the next 6 overs to be 40 for four in the 13th over. Daryn Dupavillon had taken two of these wickets.

After 25 overs the home side was in trouble on 71 for 5, legspinner Sohail Mahmoud having taken the fifth wicket. After tea Mahmoud took two further wickets to reduce Glenwood to 102 for 7. College then lacked the normal killer instinct and some cautious batting by batsmen eight and nine, Andile Phehlukwayo (29 in 55 balls) and Akhona Nela (20 in 53 balls), added an unbroken 48 for the 8th wicket to take them to 150 for 7 in their allotted 50 overs. College was confident of the task ahead, but generally poor footwork and cricketing awareness saw College collapse from a comfortable 96 for 3 to 116 for 8.

After his good batting performance Phehlukwayo, (one of the top six bowlers at the under 15 National tournament in December) captured four College wickets and they fell to 137 all out at the end of the 37th over. Seven College batsmen were bowled out.

Three of the earlier wickets were taken by Nhlakanipho Madwe. Opening bat Karl Hillermann top-scored in the match with 48. It was after he was out that the batting collapsed.

Glenwood 150-7 (Phehlukwayo 29*, Mahmoud 3/20)

M College 137 (Hillermann 48, Madwe 3/29, Phehlukwayo 4/23)

Glenwood won by 13 runs

 

Kearsney vs. Michaelhouse

The home side opted to take first knock and with an improved bowling performance from their pre-season matches, they kept Kearsney from running away with a big total.

Their fielding did let them down and they could have put more pressure on the hosts.

A knock of 44 not out in 61 balls by Travis Pears was critical for Kearsney. He held the middle and lower order together enabling them to reach 200 for 9. Earlier Ryan Hawke had made a patient 40 off 82 balls.

Two wickets apiece were taken by Greg Oldfield, Luke Stevens and Michael Mvelase.

A number of Michaelhouse batsmen got starts but did not kick on. Kyle Pyne-James (43 in 88 balls) and Oldfield (30 in 54 balls) were the best of the batting. However, they also struggled to reach the required run rate.

This caused some quick running between wickets but the Kearsney fielding was sharp.

This resulted in four run-outs as the visitors fell to 171 all out in the 47th over, still requiring 30 runs for victory.

Kearsney 200-9 (Hawke 40, Smith 27, Pears 44*)

Michaelhouse 171 (Pyne-James 43, Oldfield 30, Forrester-Smith 26)

Kearsney won by 29 runs.

 

Clifton vs. Westville

Westville was determined to beat Clifton, after losing last Saturday to College despite having a strong team on paper.

After winning the toss and batting, Westville compiled a useful 226 with Devon Kupferman top-scoring with 60. Kelvin Donnelley and Cameron Weir captured seven wickets between them. Westville applied good pressure in the field and did not let Clifton get close. Wenzel Gordon and Brendan Hartslief were the pick of the Westville bowlers both taking three wickets in bowling Clifton out for 117.

Westville 226 (Kupferman 60, Donnelley 4/44, Weir 3/39)

Clifton 117 (Harstlief 3/14, Gordon 3/20)

Westville won by 109 runs.

 

Weston vs. Howick

Cricket games are not often tied but this happened in this game on Saturday. Howick won the toss and batted making 133. This came after a good start with twins Michael and Gareth Adams prominent, before Michael Bauer came on to bowl. He captured four wickets to have Howick all out for 133. Weston also started well due to some sloppy cricket by Howick in the field. A rainstorm kept the players off the field for just short of an hour.

This allowed Howick to regroup and they came out a different side.

They bowled and fielded like demons and Weston were reduced to nine down with a few runs to win.

With scores tied the last man was caught and the teams had tied.

M Adams had taken three wickets and Damian van Jaarsveld the last to go with an earlier one. The Dolan brothers, Craig and Devlin, top-scored for the home side.

Howick 133 (Bauer 4/34)

Weston 133 (C Dolan 25, D Dolan 26, M Adams 3/15)

Match tied.

 

Alexandra vs. Carter

After the Alex Week held in early January, Carter was looking for a better performance after losing two games and having the other two rain affected. Alex had won two games and lost the third, but would have been quietly confident.

After winning the toss Alex battled and with Jarryd Wodley capturing a fifer, Alex was all out for just 92.

Carter’s confidence grew but a good spell of bowling by Jayden Knipe saw him take five of the seven Carter wickets to fall. Carter’s captain Daniel Stephen made 25, the top score in the game, to help his side to a three wicket win despite the bowling of Knipe.

Alexandra 92 (Woodley 5/30)

Carter 93-7 (Stephen 25, Knipe 5/24)

Carter won by 3 wkts.

No further scores were received and coaches are asked to either ring Mike Hill at 033 347 0497 or send a brief report to him at msh12@telkomsa.net.

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