Start of schools cricket season will see upsets

2011-01-22 00:00

THERE has already been much schools’ cricket at the start of 2011, however, the domestic season only opens today with a limited number of fixtures.

As the school week has only been three days, many schools will still be sorting out their teams so have opted not to play today.

Most interest will lie with the sides that have already been involved in one of the festivals that took place last week. All four of the local major cricketing schools are involved. Maritzburg College will be hosting Hilton College and Kearsney will be hosting Michaelhouse. St Charles travel to Durban to play Clifton. College will be well aware of the shock loss against Hilton in the fourth term last year and will be hoping to make amends today.

Kearsney have a more experienced side than their visitors, but as both lost this week in the Sunfoil Night League they will hope to restore some confidence today. Michaelhouse will have to bowl well to keep the Kearsney top order in check.

Clifton have improved over the last two years and with their captain Senuran Muthusamy in early form, particularly with the bat but also a useful bowler, St Charles will not have it all their own way in Durban.

A game that will be keenly contested is between Glenwood and Westville and as the game is at Westville the home side could well surprise. Westville have shown in the three games played, that they will be very competitive this year.

FIXTURES (home side first)

Maritzburg College vs. Hilton; Kearsney vs. Michaelhouse; Clifton vs. St Charles; Westville vs. Glenwood; Carter vs. Kloof; Treverton vs. Weston; Wartburg vs. Alexandra; Voortrekker vs. M College IV; St Charles II vs. Howick;

Venues unknown: George Campbell vs. Pinetown; Thomas More vs. Werda; Port Shepstone vs. St Patricks

• On Monday the second round of the Sunfoil Schools Night League begins with a match between Michaelhouse and Kearsney.

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