Rain plays havoc with school matches

2013-01-22 00:00

IT was a disappointing start to the 2013 schools cricket term, reminiscent of the fourth term, when rain put to bed scheduled matches. Maritzburg College did make an attempt, but rain soon had them back in the pavilion.

On Friday, Glenwood played at home against Krugersdorp HS, but it was really little more than a practice for the Durban boys, as the visiting batsmen struggled against the Glenwood bowlers.

KZN Coastal’s U19 bowler, Andile Phehlokwayo, was outstanding, taking six wickets for nine runs in 71 /2 overs.

The Glenwood batsmen were guilty of some poor shot selection and they were bowled out for 163 in 42 overs, after electing to bat first.

Only Cameron Flowers was at the crease for any length of time making 54. The hosts need not have worried however, as Krugersdorp were all out for 57 scored in 37 overs.

The heavy rain predicted for Saturday did not materialise, but early morning showers did prevent schools from the Midlands travelling to Durban.

The match at College against Kearsney started late and it was decided to play 30 overs per innings.

Kearsney was asked to take first knock and College’s Lwandizwa Zuma struck in the first over to have their visitors 1 for 1.

Sohail Mahmoud, an SA Schools Colts player, took a good caught-and-bowled in his first over, the seventh of the game to have Kearsney at 28 for two. Two dropped catches allowed Ryan Wallace to survive and he and Tristan Tedder added 70 for the third wicket to be 111 for two when play was abandoned due to rain. Tedder ended on 43 and Wallace on 44.

Meanwhile, the CSA Coca Cola T20 schools competition, which started in the fourth term of 2012, is nearing completion. All franchise provinces are finalising the winners to compete in the finals in the Western Cape at the end of February.

The KZN Coastal region sees matches between Glenwood and Westville and between Kearsney and DHS takng place this week to see who will play in the Coastals finals.

In KZN Inland, St Charles are playing against Howick to determine who will play in the semi-final against Maritzburg College. The other semi-final is between Hilton and Michaelhouse.

The winners from each region then play in the final, which this year will be at the Maritzburg Oval. The winner represents the Dolphins against the other five franchise winners.

Since the inception of the T20 National competition, College has always played in the Dolphin’s final. Last year they lost against Westville, who then played in the Dolphins colours in the finals.

The competition began with 550 schools countrywide taking part in the early rounds. Paarl BHS representing the Cape Cobras won the competition in 2012, defeating Noordkaap representing the Knights. College lost in the first final against Menlo Park in 2010. Waterkloof also representing the Titans were the winners in 2011, defeating Noordkaap, the latter who has now lost in two finals.

SCORES IN BRIEF:

Glenwood 163 (C Flowers 54)

Krugersdorp 57 (A Phehlokwayo 6/9)

Glenwood won by 106 runs

Kearsney 111-2 (T Tedder 43*, R Wallace 44*)

College did not bat

No result — rain

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