St Albans cricket festival produces a mixed bag of results

2013-02-26 00:00

THE St Albans 50th anniversary cricket festival, normally contested by independent schools, saw state schools being invited, swelling the number of participating sides to 22 this year.

There were six schools from KZN that played in the festival — independent schools Michaelhouse, Hilton, St Charles, Kearsney and Clifton. The only state school invited from KZN was Maritzburg College.

Thursday and Friday was set aside for two-day matches, with the weekend set aside for limited overs action.

Kearsney and Maritzburg College won two matches after losing their two-day games.

Hilton won one game, lost one and drew the second-day game, while Clifton and Michaelhouse lost two games with one win each.

St Charles won one game and drew the two-day game, but no result was received for the final game.

Clifton

The only KZN school that won their two-day game had a convincing 10-wicket win against Cornwall Hill, one of the weaker teams at the festival.

The Durban side played some good cricket with Kelvin Donnelley grabbing a five-wicket haul in the first innings and three in the second, together with four by Andrew Earle in the second innings.

Jason Furniss and Guy Logan, scoring 48 and 32 respectively, got Clifton to 210 in reply to a first innings of 134 by Cornwall Hill, who in their second innings only managed 103. This left just 29 for Clifton to reach in the second innings.

Clifton faced stiff opposition in the two 50 over games against Bishops and Grey College. The Durban lads did very well against Bishops, making a competitive 243 with Justin Faulds (61), Earle (44), Logan (41) and Duncan Clancy (33) being the main contributions. Bishops had Jordan Flax score a century and take his side to a narrow three-wicket win with seven balls to spare.

The Grey College bowlers swung the ball and pitched it in the right areas to have Clifton all out for just 64. The Bloemfontein side had little trouble in reaching the target, with just two wickets falling.

Hilton

Their two-day game against St Davids was drawn, however, it was an exciting finish as Hilton were just six runs short of the win when time was called.

St Davids made 185 to which Hilton replied with 269, where Jared Edy scored 76 and Michael Dedekind 51. St Davids were bowled out for 169 in their second innings, leaving a target of 85 to be scored in 16 overs. Lungi Ngidi was the best of the bowlers with four wickets and Steven Reeves and Matt Lauryssen each captured three.

It was a disappointing game against St Johns, with the latter making 261/6 before bowling Hilton out for just 93.

Hilton regrouped for the final game against Pretoria BHS and scored 200/9, not a total that would give them a win, but something which could be defended with good bowling. Luc Maingard scored an undefeated 54. Another good performance with the ball by Ngidi and Campbell Caley netted them each four wickets and they bowled out Boys High for 184 for a 16 run win.

Kearsney

A strong Affies unit won the two-day game by eight wickets after Kearney was bowled out for 160 in their first innings. Affies went on to score 252 and then bowled Kearsney out for 134 in the second innings.

Affies lost two wickets reaching the 42 runs required for victory.

It was a much better batting display against St Benedicts on the Saturday where Kearsney scored 250/9 in the allotted 50 overs.

Tyler Smith top-scored with 74 with other contributions from Ryan Wallace and Keegan Fos, both scoring 30. Ross Koekemoer took five wickets as St Benedicts were bowled out for just 114.

In the final game against Kingswood, Kearsney set a moderate target of 210 as they lost wickets at regular intervals. The top score was an undefeated 27 by Tristan Dixon.

Kingswood lost two early wickets and at 50/5, the game was virtually over. Aaron Schramm captured four wickets and James Tedder polished off the lower order, capturing four wickets to have St Benedicts 135/9 at the close of play.

Maritzburg College

College were all out for 119 in their first innings against Grey HS. David Small was the top scorer with 27 not out.

College did well to bowl out Grey HS for 208, with Sohail Mahmoud capturing four wickets.

However, facing a deficit of nearly 90 runs meant that they would have to bat well in the second innings to save the game.

They did make a better effort, but were all out for 158 leaving Grey HS a target of 70 runs, which they reached with six wickets in hand.

In a limited overs match, St Georges from Zimbabwe proved little opposition as College bowled them out in the 37th over for 79. Gareth Jeary was the chief destroyer taking 4/20.

There were some jitters in the College ranks as they lost four top order batsmen for 26, but Mahmoud (36*) and Piero Zanaone saw them home.

College then had Bishops all out with one ball to spare for 193 before Kurtlynn Mannikum (66) and Zanone (40) added 94 for the fourth wicket.

At 175/7 it was anybody’s game, but College managed a three wicket win with three balls remaining.

Michaelhouse

Barrie Forrester-Smith with a brisk unbeaten 58 in 64 balls together with Brandon Tattam (39) and Luke Stevens (30) got Michaelhouse to 216 in 65 overs against St Andrews. A 100-run opening partnership put St Andrews on track for a big total.

Charl Pellissier with 105, and 84 by Mbulelo Mama enabled the Grahamstown team to declare on 306 for seven after 80 overs.

The second innings saw Michaelhouse all out for 146, with Forrester-Smith scoring a second half century.

St Andrews reached their target of 56 with just four wickets down.

In Michaelhouse’s second game, St Albans also had a good opening partnership of 123 between Luke van Heerden (102*) and Ribvaldo Moonsammy (83) to reach 281/5.

Stevens was the best of the bowlers with two wickets.

With contributions from Forrester-Smith (39 in 27 balls), Kyle Pyne-James (34) and David Geard (43 in 31 balls), Michaelhouse reached 248 all out in the 45th over.

In their last match against Helpmekaar, the Balgowan boys were buoyed by a century by Tattam (136) which included 10 fours and four sixes. Michaelhouse made 250, but they were all out with over 10 overs remaining.

It did not matter as Helpmekaar were removed for 110 in the 28th over.

St Charles

Unfortunately, no results were received from St Charles for their limited overs matches.

St Charles scored relatively poorly in the first innings of their two-day game as theys reached 173 against St Johns. The latter went on to a massive 339/6 declared and at stumps on the second day St Charles were 69/5, drawing the match.

In the second game, St Charles beat Kingswood by four wickets, but no detail of scores were given.

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