Rain plays havoc with weekend cricket fixtures

2010-10-19 00:00

AFTER the rain towards the end of last week it was surprising that a number of matches got under way on Saturday, but rain in the afternoon prevented matches from being completed thus ending with a no-result.

St Charles were asked to bat first by visitors Maritzburg College and they struggled, eventually ending on 148-8 in the allotted 45 overs, with Matthew Ford top-scoring with 27. Spinner Andrew Hay was the most successful of the bowlers, taking three wickets.

When the rain came College were 40-0, which was similar to St Charles who lost their first wicket in the 50s. College, however, had faced fewer balls.

A game that would probably have ended in a win for Durban High School saw a Kearsney team without their five KZN Coastal players against a full side for the Durban school.

The Kearsney players were playing for the KZN Coastal U19 against Griquas, but as DHS only had one player in the side, it was a disadvantage for Kearsney­.

Jared van Heerden, not an U19 player, just missed another century when he was out for 95 in the DHS total of 194-8, after being sent in to bat. Brynne Campbell captured three wickets.

The Kearsney bowlers had kept it tight, but were let down by a number of grassed catches. Kearsney was 95-6 when it was agreed to stop play.

Visitors Clifton’s bowling caused little­ problem against the Michaelhouse batting as they compiled 230-8 in 45 overs. Hilton Mudariki ended with 77, but the lower-order batting of Pieter Pelser, who smashed 43 in 27 deliveries, lifted the total to 230.

Clifton had started well and after a number of interruptions due to rain and lightning, play was finally halted with Clifton on 76 without loss. This ended a game that would have had an interesting finish.

Carter was saved by the rain as they had only managed 99 against home side Kloof and the latter only needed 20 runs to win with seven wickets in hand when play was abandoned.

On Sunday Maritzburg College had been invited to play the Nicky Oppenheimer XI in Johannesburg. They flew up on Saturday evening to play in a declaration game.

Batting first, College were bowled out for 129 in the 43rd over with Clive Eksteen taking four wickets for 50 in 16 overs.

Stuart Hockly bagged three wickets for 17. Kewan Harries top-scored for College with 30.

The Oppenheimer XI passed the College total at the end of the 46th over with two wickets in hand. Andy Vincent made 40 and Derek Crookes 24. Reegan Smith captured three wickets for 24 in 11 overs to be the best of the College bowlers.

The opposition gave a lot of praise to the College boys, particularly with regard to a superb fielding performance.

It will be an interesting game at the Maritzburg Oval this afternoon and evening when College play against Michaelhouse, who have shown improvement from the first term where they lost twice against College, once in the day-night Sunfoil fixture.

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