Stormy weather and rain affect midlands games

2012-02-07 00:00

THIS was the first Saturday of the term where storms in the midlands affected the cricket.

Some were rained off and others affected­ by bad-light conditions. Games in the Durban area played to the conclusion.

 

Westville vs Kearsney

Westville will have faced the game with plenty of confidence, parti- cularly­ after being crowned the KZN schools’ champions the afternoon before, when they beat Maritzburg College at the Oval.

Winning the toss Westville batted and got off to a good start with Dudu Zondo, although dropped on seven and Brendan Hartslief adding over 50 for the first wicket. With their strong batting line-up it looked as if they were well on their way to a big total. Zondo went on to make 65 off 121 balls.

The Kearsney bowlers then pegged their hosts back and they eventually reached 189-7, a target that was well within reach of the Kearsney batters.

Kearsney opened with Tyler Smith as a pinch hitter and it worked well as he made 45 off just 28 balls.

On the dusty dry wicket, with the introduction of senior spinner, Kyle Simmonds, everything changed.

He spun his way to capturing five wickets and with pressure building two run-outs also occurred for Kearsney to be all out 24 runs short of the target.

Westville 189-7 (Hartslief 32, Zondo 65)

Kearsney 165 (Smith 45, Pears 31, Hawke 25, Simmonds 5/25)

Westville won by 24 runs. Clifton vs St Charles

On a firm pitch St Charles had little hesitation in electing to bat in the declaration game. With three of the top order firing, they reached 249-5, declared.

The Clifton team is almost the same as the one that beat St Charles by nine wickets at the end of last year so they were taking no chances. With the pitch offering little help to the bowlers their line and length had to be good, and so it was.

Clifton’s top order struggled and spent more time on the defence than looking to score runs. To their credit they prevented St Charles from winning the game and they were content to draw.

St Charles 248-5 dec (Robinson 86, R Mitchell 64, Ford 71*)

Clifton 90-6

Match drawn. Glenwood vs Durban High School

So often these derby games end with the underdog triumphant.

Over many years Glenwood has been the underdog and they have often­ beaten DHS in one of the games each year.

This year it was DHS that was the underdog and they essentially batted Glenwood out of the game.

Although there were no outstanding batting performances everyone made some contribution to DHS reaching 218-7.

Glenwood wickets fell at regular intervals­ and they were never able to assert much authority on the field.

DHS 218-7 (Phehlukwayo 3/30)

Glenwood 167

DHS won by 51 runs.

 

Hilton vs Grey College

Unfortunately rain put paid to what should have been an exciting ending at Hilton on Saturday afternoon.

The feature of the game was the century scored by Tom Curran, his first this year.

Hilton 215-7 (Futshane 42, Curran 104)

Grey 57-1

Rain stopped play — no result.

 

Maritzburg College vs Michaelhouse

The Michaelhouse batting was solid­ and when, on 184 before the fifth wicket fell, in the declaration game looked as if they could post a big target When Greg Oldfield got out, College pulled the scoring back nicely and Michaelhouse declared on 228-9 off 60 overs.

If the game had been able to play to the conclusion it looked unlikely that  College  would  have   prevent-ed   their   Balgowan   friends   from winning.

When play was called off with dark clouds reducing visibility College were 18-4.

Michaelhouse 228-9 dec (Pyne-James 29, Greig 36, Oldfield 71*)

College 18-4

Bad light stopped play — match drawn.

 

OTHER RESULTS

Howick 159-9 (Page 65, Buthelezi 27)

Kloof did not bat

Rain stopped play — no results.

George Campbell 346-6 (George 128*, Crouch 84, Appana 37, Van Ect 37*)

Kuswag 49 (George 3/21, Cele 3/10)

G Campbell won by 297 runs.

Northwood 271-8 (Van der Merwe 60, Govender 51)

St Henry’s 118

Northwood won by 153 runs.

Hillcrest 215-7 (Pole 53, Klewinghaus 36*, Clarke 34*)

Pinetown 104

Hillcrest won by 111 runs.

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