Schools play last matches of the term

2013-03-02 00:00

MOST of the schools play their last matches of the first term today. Kearsney played their last game at St Albans last weekend, with the other nine top tier schools all playing today.

Today’s game at Michaelhouse is a repeat of the Sunfoil schools final which was played on Thursday. They will host beaten finalists Hilton. The game is being played in a different format, a declaration game, but nevertheless, Michaelhouse will face the game the more confident of the two. Hilton were stung after unexpectedly losing in the final and they will be determined to make amends today.

This should make for an interesting game, but the return of SA U19 all-rounder Greg Oldfield has strengthened the home side, both in the batting line-up and with his spin bowling.

The game to watch in the capital today is at Maritzburg College where Westville are the visiting school. They will be mindful of the loss, one of the few suffered, against College last year. Having won all their games this term, they will be difficult to beat. Senior players at College have not performed well and this has put much pressure on the youngsters in the team. Perhaps the celebratory march yesterday, from the City Hall to College to commemorate their 150th anniversary, the first KZN boy’s school to reach the milestone, will inspire them to perform at their best.

In Durban, Northwood host DHS. Excluding T20 games, DHS have played six matches without a win. Northwood have also played six games and have won two. They both lost against Westville, while against St Charles, DHS drew and Northwood lost. The latter will sense a possible win today after many years of losing against DHS.

St Charles travel to Durban to play against Glenwood. Glenwood surprisingly lost against Northwood and the only other KZN school that they have played this term is College, which they won narrowly.

Clifton complete a successful first term against visitors Thomas More. Clifton have shown that they can compete against the best. Last weekend, they had a convincing win against Cornwall Hill, lost narrowly to Bishops, but got a hiding against Grey College. However, with wins against DHS and Northwood, they should not be upstaged by Thomas More.

Howick and Weston will also play a repeat game when they meet at Weston. Last Monday, Howick won the second tier Sunfoil T20 knockout, beating Weston. The home side will attempt to reverse the result in the longer version of the game, but it will be difficult.

SELECTED FIXTURES

Michaelhouse v Hilton, Maritzburg College

v Westville; Northwood v DHS; Glenwood

v St Charles; Clifton v Thomas More;

Weston v Howick; Hillcrest v Kingsway;

Amanzimtoti v Kloof; Greytown v Alexandra;

St Henrys v Glenwood III

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