Schools cricket: only two major ties this week

2012-02-18 00:00

IT is a quiet week of schoolboy cricket, with just two major games as the Independent schools take a half-term break. One of these games is in the capital and the other in Durban.

Maritzburg College, who have played most of their matches away, will be pleased to be hosting long-term rivals Durban High on Goldstones. The match in Durban is scheduled to be played at Northwood against visitors Westville.

When looking at the results of College and DHS this year, College have had the better results, but the Durban lads cannot be underestimated. Both teams have been inconsistent in their batting, but College, playing more cricket, have shown glimpses of what they can do. College beat Westville, but lost against Glenwood. DHS beat Glenwood but they lost against Westville.

The winner of today’s game could well be due to one or two bowlers. College have speedster Daryn Dupavillon and spinner Sohail Mahmoud, but they can be expensive. Ainsley Ndlovu has been the DHS bowler who has consistently been their top wicket-taker.

In Durban, Westville should win their game against home side Northwood relatively comfortably. The latter have played only two of the big schools, losing against Michaelhouse and drawing against DHS. Their other two games have been easy wins against second-tier opposition. Westville have won four of their six matches with one loss against College in the first game of the year. The other was a rained-off match against Glenwood.

SELECTED FIXTURES

Maritzburg College v DHS; Northwood v Westville; Thomas More v St Henrys; Voortrekker v Wartburg; Pinetown v Kloof; Hillcrest v George Campbell; Carter v M College IV.

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