Rain leaves teams frustrated, CSA Schools T20 running again

2012-10-23 00:00

IT has been a frustrating cricket season for schools with all the rain causing cancellation of most of the Saturday matches. With the rain experienced on Friday afternoon and Saturday, no school cricket was possible.

Those schools which played in the Michaelmas Week, the Weston Week or were on tour during the holidays, did get full days of cricket in good weather.

The CSA Schools T20 competition is again running with games taking place between competing schools.

Only boys who have at least one more year at school can take part in this fourth term of the year.

In the inland region, the four boys only schools are seeded and they only take part once the smaller schools in four zones have a winner. In the coastal area, the big schools play in the competition from the start. Many of these matches have been taking place, mainly during the midweek afternoons.

There is far more luck involved in this shortened form of the game and it is possible for one of the second tier schools to beat a top tier school.

All it needs is for a batsman to have a blinder, where he has his eye in, catches don’t go to hand, and he finds the boundary more often than not.

A big total when batting first will put pressure on the chasers and here the major school could come unstuck.

While this scenario will not often happen, it will give the smaller schools much joy to beat the major cricketing school. Is it not right to give the smaller schools this opportunity in the inland region rather than seeding Michaelhouse, Maritzburg College, Hilton College and St Charles?

For the first time since the inception of the competition in 2009, the Dolphins were represented by Westville who beat Maritzburg College in the KZN final in February. College had represented the province in the three previous years and in 2010 lost in the final.

The Weston Cricket week has been played in the T20 format for the last few years. It has proved very popular amongst the participating schools where they play nine matches in the four days.

Hans Moore from Benoni was the overall champion school and winner of the Jackson Sports trophy.

Howick won the points section of the competition in their first year at this competition. Pionier from Vryheid were winners of the Fairplay award.

The individual winners for both batting and bowling both came from Hans Moore making it clear why they had won the main trophy.

Charl Steyn was the top batsman having compiled 499 runs in the four days and 21 wickets taken by Kabelo Sekhukhunu won him the bowling prize.

The all rounder of the week was won by Devlin Dolan from Weston who made 220 runs and captured 20 wickets.

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