Popular Schools Day/Night League makes a return

2010-01-15 00:00

AFTER an absence of two years, the popular and competitive Schools Day/Night League will be played again.

Last year it was because of rain that the league did not take place. In the first three weeks no matches were able to be played and it was cancelled. In 2008, “there was insufficient time”, said the Inland Cricket Council, as they were involved in the organisation of the World’s View Challenge cycle races that took place over five days, with part of the races in Alexandra Park.

The good news is that on Sunday evening, following the MTN40 day match between the Dolphins and the Titans at the Maritzburg Oval, Maritzburg College will be playing St Charles to launch the schools series.

The match will be a 20/20 game and the school teams, arguably the two strongest in the province this year, will provide good entertainment to whet spectators’ appetites for the day/night series.

To add spice to the entertainment there will be a one-over challenge between two “blasters” from each of the two MTN40 franchises — Loots Bosman will blast against Albie Morkel — with schoolboys supplying the bowlers and fielders.

A fireworks display will follow this 20/20 match. For the first time an experimental pink Callas ball, sponsored by Jackson’s Sports, will be used in the game. This ball may be used in the next Indian Premier League tournament.

The schools series will be played over 45 overs on three days of each week, for the next five weeks, starting on Tuesday. Other games will also be played on the Wednesday and Thursday of each of the five weeks, with the final on February 18.

The eight teams have been divided into two pools, with the winners and runners-up of each pool playing in the semi-finals, followed by the final. The four teams in each pool will play one another to establish who will play in the semis.

Points will be shared if the match is rained off, but if 20 overs have been bowled in the second innings then the Duckworth/Lewis method will decide the winners.

Maritzburg College and St Charles will be the favourites from Pool A to go through to the semi-finals ahead of Westville and the Presidents XI. Pool B is more difficult to assess, but Kearsney are likely to go through with any of Hilton, Michaelhouse or Glenwood playing for the other semi-final.

It is unfortunate that Durban High School (DHS), the winners of the last Schools Day/Night League in 2007, are not involved this year. However, Dolphins captain Imran Khan, who used to play for DHS in the competition, will say a few words before the schools game.

 

FIXTURES

Tuesday 19/1 St Charles vs Presidents XI

Wednesday 20/1 Maritzburg College vs Westville

Thursday 21/1 Michaelhouse vs Glenwood

Tuesday 26/1 Hilton vs Kearsney

Wednesday 27/1 Presidents vs Westville

Thursday 28/1 Michaelhouse vs Kearsney

Tuesday 2/2 St Charles vs Westville

Wednesday 3/2 Maritzburg College vs Presidents

Thursday 4/2 Kearsney vs Glenwood

Tuesday 9/2 Hilton vs Michaelhouse

Wednesday 10/2 St Charles vs Maritzburg College

Thursday 11/2 Hilton vs Glenwood

Tuesday 16/2 first semi-final

Wednesday 17/2 second semi-final

Thursday 18/2 final

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