St Charles save match against DHS, College get the better of Michaelhouse and Treverton beat local rivals

2010-02-09 00:00

T HIS was the first Saturday of the term when cricket was played under blue skies for the entire day, but temperatures soared, making water breaks essential. Two matches that were played using the declaration format, although both drawn, were good games where players learnt more about the game of cricket than they would have in a 50- over format.

 

St Charles vs DHS

The St Charles captain would have learnt a valuable lesson on Saturday when he asked DHS to take first knock on the steamy morning and a good batting wicket. A 55-run opening stand and an unbroken 211 second-wicket stand, saw DHS declare on 266 for one. The St Charles fielders stuck to their guns, despite the heat, bowling a good over rate. John Grewar and Nathan Poole both scored three figures. Using the rules from the Khaya Majola Week, a compulsory declaration was made after 75 overs.

A disastrous start, probably due to fatigue and lack of concentration, saw St Charles lose their first four wickets for just three runs. At 41 for seven they looked down and out, but Mzama Cele and Burton Weakley set about restoring some pride. They took the score to 124 when Weakley was out for 48, but Cele and Grant Stone took them through to close of play to force a draw. Cele was 49 not out and Stone was 16, when stumps were drawn. Aatish Maharaj had caused the early damage with three wickets.

Although the day was hot, 128 overs were bowled, 75 by St Charles and 53 by DHS and the ability to save a game is as important as winning it. This was a good advert for the declaration game.

 

Maritzburg College vs Michaelhouse

Some disciplined bowling by Michaelhouse kept College in check and wickets fell as pressure built. Jarryd Walsh (38) and Tyler Lortan (27) were the only two batsmen to make any real headway and at 101 for five when Stefan Ungerer came to the wicket, Michaelhouse held the upper hand.

Ungerer saw three further wickets fall and, with four overs remaining, he was joined by Andy Charters. They added 58 runs in the last four overs with Ungerer making 81 in 51 balls and Charters playing a good supporting role. This got College to a respectable 214 for eight at lunch. Richard Atherstone and Andrew Stephens took three wickets apiece.

Heat had its affect on Michaelhouse players and they also found scoring difficult, but they also lost wickets and after 12 overs were 22 for three. They never recovered and lost their last wicket in the 44th over to be all out for 141. A patient 34 was scored by Cameron Macaskill and 28 by Hilton Mudariki.

 

Clifton vs Kearsney

Kearsney was surprised by some disciplined bowling by Clifton and after electing to bat they were bowled out in 47 overs for 191. Chad Bowes just missed his half- century, while Richard Pentecost reached 50 and held the innings together as wickets fell around him. Dennis Diza was the most successful of the bowlers with three wickets for 14 runs.

Michael Young and Senuran Muthusamy stayed for a while repairing the early damage after a hostile opening spell by Bowes, during which he captured two wickets. Muthusamy, slow in running between wickets, was eventually run out but if he and Young had stayed together for longer, Clifton may have caused a surprise. They were eventually bowled out in the 36th over for 112, with Robbie Veldhuizen taking three wickets.

 

Westville vs Glenwood

Winning the toss, Westville took first knock and on the thick outfield and a slow pitch runs were difficult to come by. The Glenwood spinners, particularly Shahil Bissoon relished bowling in those conditions as Westville were restricted to 142 for nine wickets in the 50 overs. Kyle Simmons top scored with 36 and Bissoon went for just 22 runs in his 10 overs, as well as capturing four wickets.

Dylan Browne led the run chase scoring 60 and he got good support from Richard Wissing who made 36 not out to reach the moderate target in the 42nd over with four wickets in hand.

Grey College vs Hilton

This was another good advert for declaration cricket as it was two left-arm spinners from opposite sides who had the major influence on the match on a flat track.

Hilton opted to bat on a warm day in Bloemfontein and useful contributions by Tiaan Slabbert, James Groom and Tom Abendanon enabled them to declare on 223 for seven. Left-arm spinner, Martin Venter, captured four of the Hilton wickets to fall.

The pitch became even more docile in the afternoon and it was left to Hilton’s left-arm spinner, Mark Burman, to do the major share of the bowling. He ended with seven of the eight wickets to fall, as Grey reached 200 for eight at the close.

 

Treverton vs Weston

The opening bowlers from home- side Treverton kept a tight line so that Weston lost four wickets in the first 10 overs to be 21-4. They never recovered and leg spinner Ruhan van Zuydam polished off the tail for Weston to be all out for 97.

Miguel Rodo scored a patient 30 and a whirlwind 27 from Dean Wickham enabled Treverton to beat their local rivals by four wickets.

 

SCORES IN BRIEF

DHS 267-1 dec (Grewar 105*, Poole 115*); St Charles 130-7 (Hobbs 26, Weakley 48, Cele 49*, Maharaj 3/18). Match drawn.

Maritzburg College 214-8 (Walsh 38, Ungerer 81*, Atherstone 3/30, Stephens 3/51); Michaelhouse 141 (Macaskill 34). College won by 73 runs.

Kearsney 191 (Bowes 47, Pentecost 51, Diza 3/14); Clifton 112 (Young 59, Veldhuizen 3/27). Kearsney won by 79 runs.

Westville 142-9 (Simmons 35, Bissoon 4/22); Glenwood 143-6 (Browne 66, Wissing 34). Glenwood won by four wickets.

Hilton 223-7 dec (Slabbert 51, Abendanon 41, Groom 56*, Venter 4/49); Grey College 204-8 (Marais 75, Burman 7/58). Match drawn.

Weston 97 (van Zuydam 3/13); Treverton 98-6 (Rodo 30, Wickham 27). Treverton won by four wickets.

Pinetown 66 (Fortmann 4/19, Lott 3/9); Hillcrest 67-6 (Peter 3/17). Hillcrest won by four wickets.

Voortrekker 100; Howick 101-1 (Kunst 52*). Howick won by nine wickets.

St Henrys 73 (Thanesan 5/20); Kloof 74-5. Kloof won by five wickets.

Thomas More 175-9 (Lanz 37, Hazell 37, Ruddock 37); Kearsney II 178-8 (Seals 33*, Steenkamp 32). Kearsney II won by two wickets.

Kingsway 147 (Carr 30); Grosvenor 41 (Mill 5/17). Kingsway won by 106 runs.

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