Schools out to end with a bang at season's end

2011-11-05 00:00

THE school cricket year is fast coming to an end, with a few schools playing in their last fixture today. On the official fixture list there are still a further two Saturdays where matches can be played, but only a handful of schools will be playing on the last Saturday.

There are two matches in the Midlands, with Michaelhouse hosting Glenwood and St Charles at home against Clifton. The latter will be playing their last game of 2011. In the Durban area Westville host Maritzburg College, who end their season today. DHS, also in their last outing, are playing at Kearsney and Northwood host Hilton.

Which Michaelhouse team will pitch up for the game? They will need to be at their best to put pressure on Glenwood. The visitors have a well-balanced unit with competence in all areas of their game. Michaelhouse lack the consistency and in some games their bowlers have failed after the batsmen have made a reasonable score.

Realistically, however, the only way the home side can win today is with a big run total and a bowling attack that can prevent Glenwood from getting another good start between Javier Frost and Mishkal Ramsaroop.

The pressure will then have to be maintained by the bowlers bowling to their field, and with support from good fielding.

It is more likely that Glenwood will repeat their comfortable victory attained during the first term, when Michaelhouse were bowled out for a low score.

Clifton, after an easy game last week, will be up against St Charles — a side frustrated by a lack of cricket and wanting to be unleashed on the field again.

Clifton are not quite to the standard of the other level 1 schools, while the home side have posted some very good results this year.

The Durban side will do well to keep St Charles from making a big total if the latter bat first.

College will be hoping to make their last game of the year a memorable one and repeat their first term victory against home side Westville.

The latter are another team that have been inconsistent this year. If they are to reverse the first term result they will need solid batting and bowling performan­ces against one of the top two sides in the province.

Both DHS and Kearsney have won just one game this season. Home side Kearsney have also lost more game time than most of the schools this term and they will hope to perform well after three weeks since their last match.

DHS, in their last game of the year, will approach this game with greater confidence after winning last week. This could be a close game provided the weather at Kearsney does not spoil the day.

Although home side Northwood lost last week against Glenwood, their cricket has shown good progress this season and visitors Hilton will find the going tough.

The latter will need batsmen to build more meaningful partnerships so the bowlers have a good score to bowl against. Northwood have played with greater consis­tency than their visitors and this could win the day for them.

Selected fixtures in brief: Michaelhouse v Glenwood; St Charles v Clifton; Westville v Maritzburg College; Kearsney v DHS; Northwood v Hilton; Hillcrest v Pinetown; Kloof v Thomas Moore; Carter v Alexandra; Treverton v Voortrekker; Crawford LL v St Henrys; New Forest v George Campbell; St Charles II v Howick (Varsity II)

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