Sunny weather brings good cricket

2009-11-03 00:00

A NUMBER of matches were cancelled on Friday as some pitches were unable to be prepared adequately, but the welcome sunny weather saw some good cricket among the top teams.

Maritzburg College vs Kearsney

Dubbed to be the clash of the season­, the game went easily to Kearsney, snuffing out the threat that College might have made. A total­ of 179 was never going to be enough on a good wicket against a strong batting line-up as it proved to be.

Electing to bat first College got off to a reasonable start, but then the fall of two quick wickets, one an unnecessary run out, saw them on 34 for two after nine overs. Other than a 48-run fifth-wicket partnership between Tyler Lortan (54) and Jarryd­ Walsh, wickets fell regularly and College was all out, with one ball to spare, for 179. Jarryd Phillips­ was the most successful of the Kearsney bowlers with four wickets from his spin bowling.

Richard Pentecost, sent in as a pinch-hitter, caused College opening bowlers to lose some of their composure and they bowled both sides of the wicket. Kearsney raced to 42 in the first six overs before Pentecost lost his wicket.

After 25 overs Kearsney were 106 for one, 35 runs and two wickets better off than College was at the same stage.

The bowling did tighten up but the damage had been done. Travis Edy held the side together with a well-played 80 and Kearsney were able to get home in the 47th over with six wickets to spare. Phillips added to his four wickets with 36 runs, when he and Edy added 71 runs for the second wicket.

Michaelhouse vs St Charles

With five Michaelhouse players scoring more than 20, their score was bound to be useful after they were asked to bat first on a pitch that was slow and low. However, only Dan Hulbert went on and in a grafting innings, reached 40.

The next highest was Andrew Stephens with an undefeated 28 and Michaelhouse reached 211 for nine wickets. Matt Hulett and Matt Ford both took three wickets, with Hulett particularly miserly, giving away fewer than three runs to the over.

St Charles started well with Dean Robinson (41) punishing the bad ball. Together with Paul Vincent (33) and Hulett (57), a winning foundation was laid. A supreme effort from Michaelhouse bowlers and fielders managed to capture wickets in the chase for runs and St Charles fell just seven runs short at the close.

Hilton vs Glenwood

After very little cricket this term Hilton bowlers were rusty after Nathan­ Roberts asked Glenwood to bat first. The bowlers were guilty of 21 wides. Roberts however, bowled well to take five wickets for 36 in just over nine overs. Tim Buckley was also successful, taking three wickets.

Glenwood lost early wickets with Roberts doing the damage but then Youshevan Pillay (53) and Grove Venter (70) added on 100 in the middle order. Once this partnership was broken­ the wickets tumbled and the visitors were all out in the final over for 169.

A solid start and then two half-century partnerships between Louis Taylor (63) and Alex Rudd (35) and Taylor and Jason Matthews enabled Hilton to reach the target with four wickets remaining.

Northwood vs DHS

Durban High School (DHS) batted well on a pitch that was yielding and reached 207 for six in the 50 overs. Trent Curry, Nathan Poole and Darren Frost all contributed to enable the visitors to make it difficult for Northwood on the relatively slow outfield.

Other than Kalipha Cele and Brendon Smith, Northwood players struggled to maintain the required rate and wickets fell, particularly when they attempted the aerial route. Luwesson Govender picked up four wickets in the closing stages to give DHS a confidence-boosting win.

 

SCORES IN BRIEF

M College 179 (Lortan 54, Walsh 45, Phillips 4/28).

Kearsney 180-4 (Edy 80, Phillips 36).

Kearsney won by six wickets.

Michaelhouse 211-9 (Hulbert 40, Hulett 3/29, Ford 3/43).

St Charles 204-8 (Hulett 57, Robinson 41, Vincent 33).

Michaelhouse won by seven runs.

Glenwood 169 (Venter 70, Roberts 5/36, Buckley 3/18).

Hilton 173-6 (L Taylor 63, Rudd 35).

Hilton won by four wickets.

DHS 207-5 (Curry 50, Frost 410).

Northwood 183.

DHS won by 24 runs.

Weston 127 (Carter 30).

Wembley 38.

Weston won by 89 runs.

George Campbell 120 (Robertse 30).

Grosvenor 93 (Robertse 4/31).

Campbell won by 27 runs.

Thomas More 186 (Sullivan 38, Lanz 35, Naidoo 4/31, Hook 3/49).

Crawford LL 141 (Bhagwan 70*, Wattrus 3/18).

Thomas More won by 45 runs.

Pinetown 147.

Kloof 148-6.

Kloof won by four wickets.

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