Shock results in weekend school cricket action

2011-11-08 00:00

THERE were three shock cricket results on Saturday, where the unexpected team won against the team that has been one of the top sides in the province.

The first was Clifton giving St Charles a hiding. The second was the loss by Maritzburg College against Westville and the third was Northwood losing against Hilton.

The other top-four side in the province, Glenwood, was given a tough game by Michaelhouse in a low-scoring match.

It was probably some com- placency­ by the top teams against sides that have struggled not only this season but also in the first term. This led to the underdog outplaying the more fancied school side and a wake-up call for the two teams, St Charles and Northwood and Glenwood, that still have matches to play.

St Charles vs Clifton

This was a game where St Charles thought that they could just turn up and dominate the game, but it was Clifton that gave the home side a lesson­ in discipline.

St Charles had opted to take first knock, although the pitch did not play as well as it appeared on the surface. The coastal boys bowled with good discipline and purpose, extracting the most out of the conditions. St Charles lost three early wickets, with the only saving grace being a 90-run partnership between Jarryd Streicher and Wiaan Luttig, the latter ending undefeated with a half century.

Credit must go to the Clifton bowlers who kept the pressure throughout and kept the extras to a minimum with just one wide being bowled in the innings. The best of the bowlers was Kelvin Donnelly who captured three wickets. St Charles was bowled out for 165, probably shy of another 40 runs.

As often happens, the pitch flattened out in the afternoon and bowlers found it difficult to get much movement. However, it was again good discipline by the Clifton top order that enabled them to reach the target for the loss of just one wicket, that of Joshua Masojada for 84. Ben Compton had batted patiently for an undefeated 51 to get his side home with five overs to spare.

This was the first time that Clifton has beaten St Charles at this level.

St Charles 165 (Streicher 33, Luttig 52*, Donnelly 3/30)

Clifton 167-1 (Masojada 84, Compton 51*)

Clifton won by nine wickets.

Westville vs Maritzburg College

This was College’s last game for the year, but they did not put their best foot forward. Some wayward bowling and sloppy fielding after the first six overs, which went for just 11 runs, allowed Westville to set up a solid foundation after they had elected to bat. Brendan Hartslief and Dudu Zondo put on 86 for the first wicket, but then the Westville middle order collapsed, reducing the home side to 125-8. Medium pacer­ Andy Charters and spinner Grant Glutz had got College well back into the game.

Kyle Stirling and Wentzel Gordon then added a match-winning 62 for the ninth wicket. Westville were then bowled out in the last of the allotted overs for 189. In the back of their minds College probably thought that this was a relatively easy target to chase, but they had not counted on the Westville spinning duo of Kyle Simmonds and Luke Schlemmer­.

College got off to a bright start adding 39 runs in the first seven overs. After Kewan Harries lost his wicket, wickets started tumbling and with Simmonds and Schlemmer each taking three wickets, College struggled. They were eventually all out for 132 in the 36th over with only Calvin Savage looking comfortable at the crease until he was adjudged lbw.

This is also an historic first for Westville, having beaten College for the first time.

Westville 189 (Hartslief 33, Zondo 37, Sterling 31, Gordon 25, Charters 3/24)

M College 132 (Harries 29, Savage 26, Simmonds 3/34, Schlemmer 3/22)

Westville won by 57 runs.

Northwood vs Hilton

Northwood won the toss and elected to bat on their home ground. Some solid batting performances by Jason Riekert, Kalipho Cele and David Baine got them to a solid 211 for the loss of just four wickets. Bowlers had to toil hard to make inroads, on a low and slow pitch, with the result that they contained runs by bowling good line and length, rather than going all out to take wickets. As Northwood had only lost four wickets, they probably should have attempted to lift the rate in the closing overs.

Hilton “at last” said coach Sean Carlisle, batsmen concentrated and tried to establish partnerships, without giving their wickets away.

The third wicket partnership between Brian Pfaff and Jason Shield of 84 took them close to victory.

They reached their target in the 47th over to gain a good six-wicket win over a side who had played some very good cricket this term, in particular.

Shield was unbeaten on 73 at the close.

Northwood 211-4 (Riekert 47, Cele 69, Baine 45)

Hilton 212-4 (Pfaff 32, Shield 73*)

Hilton won by six wickets.

Michaelhouse vs Glenwood

This was a lively wicket which the Glenwood bowlers exploited well to extract from it as much life as possible. The home side had done the right thing by electing to bat, but the batsmen were not patient enough and some got out to careless shots.

Rob Anderson scored 29 and only one other batsman reached double figures as Michaelhouse was bowled out for 97 in the 37th over. Mishkal Ramsaroop spun his way to taking four wickets, although it was Byron Langley who removed two of the top order very quickly.

The home side whittled away at the Glenwood wickets and spinners Greg Oldfield and Cameron Macaskill­ slowed their rate down. Grove Venter, as he has often done for his side, threw caution to the wind and in a quick 31 in 28 balls, took the visitors to a three-wicket win. Spinners had taken 10 of the 17 wickets to fall in the low-scoring game. Although the wicket was bowler friendly the batting by both teams lacked some necessary concentration.

Michaelhouse 97 (Anderson 29, Ramsaroop 4/17)

Glenwood 98-7 (Wissing 25, Venter 31*, Macaskill 3/20)

Glenwood won by three wickets.

Kearsney vs DHS

DHS was also playing their last match of the year and after last week’s victory played with more confidence to record a substantial win.

Jared van Heerden was man of the match as he top-scored with 46 for the winners and then bowled aggressively to remove four top-order Kearsney batsmen and have their batting awry. Aatish Maharaj did his part in taking three wickets and the Kearsney batting collapsed to be 73 all out. This was in reply to the DHS total of 160.

Matthew Whitelaw was the best of the Kearsney bowlers taking three wickets. However, it was the amazing spell of fast bowling by Van Heerden that did the damage, something from which Kearsney did not recover. It was unlikely that they would reach 50 when their score was

33-7 at one stage.

DHS 160 (van Heerden 46, Whitelaw 3/38)

Kearsney 73 (Van Heerden 4/21, Maharaj 3/21)

DHS won by 83 runs.

OTHER RESULTS IN BRIEF

Howick 197 (Mitchell 3/35)

St Charles II 201-7 (Hobbs 47, Nundlall 48)

St Charles II won by three wickets

Crawford LL 158 (Van Loggerenberg 38, Mchunu 3/35)

St Henrys 145 (Mchunu 35, Attwell 31, Moodley 3/18)

Crawford won by 13 runs

Thomas More 118

Kloof 120-2 (Ramphal 58)

Kloof won by eight wickets

Alexandra 53

Carter 54-3

Carter won by seven wickets.

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