Schools list Presidents XI today

2011-01-15 00:00

THE place to be on Sunday evening is at the Maritzburg Oval, when the Sunfoil Schools Night League is launched with a T20 match between last year’s finalists, Maritzburg College, and the Presidents XI.

College won the final, their ninth in the 16 years of the day/night competition. The Presidents XI were somewhat fortunate to be in the final as their semi-final match against Glenwood, the third ranked side in the province in 2010, was rained off before the Duckworth/Lewis calculation could be used and they won on the spin of the coin.

This year the side will be chosen by a number of selectors who have been observing the local sides doing battle at the Alexandra Cricket Week. They will only be announced later today.

The College batting is not as strong as they were last year having lost most of their senior batsmen. They still do have some good players, particularly amongst the bowlers, and they will test the Presidents XI batting.

The eight schools playing this year have been divided into two pools. Pool A has College, Kearsney, Michaelhouse and Hilton, who will all play one another to see who will win the pool. Pool B has the Presidents XI, St Charles, Glenwood and Westville. The latter are replacing DHS, who were invited but have withdrawn.

The first four matches in the 40-over day/night league will be played this coming week. On Monday the Presidents XI will again be in action against Glenwood who showed some good form at the College Festival, which ended on Wednesday.

St Charles play against Westville on Tuesday. On Wednesday Maritzburg College play against Kearsney.

College have three players, Kewan Harries, who was ranked 14th in the batting, Andy Charters and Nicholas Berichon, who all played in the Inland U17 side. This should help to make this match very competitive.

On Thursday the two long-standing rivals, Hilton and Michaelhouse, play one another.

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