Successful cricket weekend for Kearsney, College and Westville

2013-09-17 00:00

THE two cricket matches on Saturday, between Glenwood and Kearsney and Maritzburg College and DHS, were expected to be close fought.

However, it was College who dominated the game against DHS to win comfortably, mainly due to two maiden centuries by James Martin and Karl Hillermann.

The Glenwood-Kearsney match was tightly contested. The other two matches were one-sided affairs with neither Clifton against Westville, nor Howick against Northwood mounting much resistance.

Glenwood vs Kearsney

Runs were not easy to score on the lush outfield and Kearsney had little hesitation in asking the home side to bat first.

Glenwood have a mature, stable team, with two players who were in the initial SA U19 training squad — all rounders Nhlakin­ipho Madwe and Andile Phehlu­kwayo. Kearsney are in a rebuilding year with a number of players who will be back next year, so they needed pressure to be applied by the bowlers.

This they did and wickets fell regularly without any major partnerships developing. With three bowlers capturing two wickets apiece, it was youngster Keegan Rencken who was the most impressive with his finger spinners, taking two for 22 in his allotted 10 overs. Cameron Flowers (33) and Darien Veeran (31) top-scored for Glenwood, enabling them to reach 162 for seven in the 50 overs.

After two early wickets, Ryan Wallace and Tristan Tedder added 121 for the third wicket, to take the score to within 11 runs of the required winning total.

Callan Pearce had other ideas and he dismissed both batsmen, who had scored half centuries, and then claimed another two, reducing Kearsney to 153 for eight as the youngsters panicked. They then hung on and reached the target without further loss. Pearce ended with fine figures of five for 28 in 10 overs.

Glenwood 162-7 (Flowers 33, Veeran 31)

Kearsney 163-8 (Wallace 50, Tedder 58, Pearce 5/28)

Kearsney won by 2 wkts

Maritzburg College vs DHS

College elected to take first knock and after some good early bowling by DHS with Sibonela Makhanya the most penetrative, College were 41 for three after 11 overs. The right and left combination between opening bats Martin and Hillermann made bowlers change their line as many singles were scored initially. DHS fielding also left much to be desired.

Martin was the first to reach his ton in the 46th over off 126 balls and Hillermann reached his in the 49th over off 117 balls. The two had added 196 runs off 223 balls for the fourth wicket after a cautious and consolidating start.

College reached a very competitive 257 for five in their 50 overs. Makhanya ended with two for 33 in 10 overs.

DHS started very slowly but did reach 92 before the third wicket fell. Too many balls had been bowled and when they tried to increase the run rate wickets fell.

Only three batsmen reached double figures with Juan Henri scoring a half century.

Sohail Mahmoud picked up three wickets to be the most successful of the bowlers. The two opening bowlers, Lwandizwa Zuma and Gareth Jeary, deserve mention as they kept it tight and put pressure on the batsmen. Zuma ended with two for 19 in nine overs and Jeary one for 12 in eight overs. College fielding was sharp and three runouts resulted.

M College 257-5 (Martin 107, Hillermann 102*)

DHS 144 (Henri 52, Mahmoud 3/23)

College won by 113 runs

Westville vs Clifton

Westville Boys’ High School got their cricket season underway by meeting Clifton College at Westville on Saturday.

With the pitch a little damp, Westville skipper Luke Schlemmer opted to unleash his bowlers first up after winning the toss, a decision that seemed to backfire as Clifton enjoyed a brisk start.

Opening bowlers Nick Pentz and Jesse Smit went for 21 runs in the first four overs as Clifton’s batsmen kept the fielders busy on both sides of the wicket.

Cameron Gordon was Westville’s secret weapon, coming on and changing the game dramatically as he sliced through Clifton’s batsmen, finishing with 5-23 from seven overs.

Clifton never recovered, stopping the scoreboard at 87 all out in 25 overs.

Although a low score, Westville knew they had to bat with purpose and this they did, taking the game to the visitors as they chased down the total with a brand of aggressive, entertaining batting.

The contest was over early as Westville posted a nine-wicket win in less than 10 overs, for the loss of one wicket.

Pentz made up for his bowling with a destructive 45 from 25 balls with a strike rate of 180, helping his team reach 88 in 9.5 overs.

Other results

Howick 103 (Foster 37)

Northwood 104-3 (Rawling 51*)

Northwood won by 7 wkts.

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