Schools’ Series: Michaelhouse wins its third trophy in close-fought final

2013-03-05 00:00

THE Sunfoil Schools’ Series culminated last week with a win for Michaelhouse in the top tier competition, a win for Howick in the second tier knockout and for Winterton in the primary schools’ knockout.

The latter two competitions were played in the T20 format. The weather was more kind than it has been in the past few years and the Duckworth/Lewis formula was only required in one game. The primary schools were hardest hit, as rain prevented two matches in the first round, where the spin of a coin decided the winner.

It was unfortunate for the MCA Invitation XI and St Charles Prep, who lost the toss against Pelham and Clifton NR respectively. Cordwalles then beat Pelham, and Winterton beat Clifton, with Winterton then surprising by winning the title by beating Cordwalles in the final.

In the Tier II competition, Weston beat Alex in their first game, and then beat Carter to reach the final against Howick.

Howick defeated Voortrekker in the first round, following it up with a win against Treverton, before beating Weston in the final.

In the top tier competition, no side went through unbeaten, with both finalists losing one game: Michaelhouse against Hilton in the first round and Hilton against St Charles. In the 19-year history of the day/night series, this is the third time that Michaelhouse has won the trophy. It was a close-fought final, with the Balgowan lads winning by 10 runs.

As bowlers have a maximum of eight overs to bowl, bowling figures are seldom as good as the batting figures. Matt Dukes from St Charles had two four-wicket hauls, with College’s Kurtlynn Mannikum and Gareth Jeary also taking four­fers. There were two centuries scored: 135 not out by Marc van Wymeersch (Hilton) against College, and Jason Marshall (Michaelhouse), 102 not out against the President’s XI.

The Oval ground staff had to work hard and should be complimented on getting wickets prepared for four and sometimes five days of cricket per week over four weeks, as well as two provincial matches.

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