Surprises, big wins and exciting draw light up cricket weekend

2013-02-12 00:00

SURPRISES in school cricket results again occurred on Saturday, with the biggest being the low score posted by Kearsney against Hilton, which gave the latter a massive win.

The other surprise was again at the hands of Northwood, who had a surprising win against Glenwood.

All three matches in the Midlands were played as declaration cricket with the win at Hilton, an exciting draw at St Charles and a tame draw at Michaelhouse.

Hilton vs Kearsney

Kearsney arrived with high hopes and asked Hilton to take first knock.

The hosts got off to a good start, getting to 148/2, with Matthew Holding (46) and Stephen Reeves (55) being the main contributors. They then lost eight wickets and added only 45 runs to be 193 all out in the 58th over.

It was the two Kearsney spinners, Jordan Gregory and Luke Lailvaux, who captured four wickets each, to put Kearsney in a good position to push for a win as they would receive about the same number of overs.

This was not to be as Lungi Ngidi had James Tedder caught behind off the first ball and then a second wicket a little later, bowling with pace and accuracy. This set Kearsney back, but some poor shots then saw wickets tumbling as Matt Lauryssen kept a tight line at the other end.

Instead of consolidating, they got themselves out trying to score off the left arm orthodox bowling of Campbell Caley. The visitors were bowled out for a paltry 38 in the 23rd over. Ngidi ended with two for 12.

Hilton 193 (Holding 46, Reaves 55, Gregory 4/35,

Lailvaux 4/58)

Kearsney 38 (Caley 5/13)

Hilton won by 155 runs

St Charles vs DHS

After winning the toss, DHS lost four wickets very quickly to be 18/4, three falling to Andrew Darroch, including the prize wicket of in-form Sibonela Makhanya, and the other to Kylan Naidoo. A 75-run, fifth-wicket partnership between Ainsley Ndlovu (48) and Wade Canham (42), put their side in a much more comfortable position. DHS were eventually all out for 169 in the 60th over.

The drama was still to unfold as St Charles found themselves 10/4 and facing an uphill battle.

They lost the fifth wicket with the score on 40 and then Mark Ortmann (45), who had watched the wickets falling from the other end, found a partner in Ben Philpott (50) and they added 73 for the sixth wicket.

With clouds rolling in, conditions became quite dark and DHS needed one wicket, after Ndlovu had bagged five in a spell of 23 overs, while St Charles needed 23 runs with three overs still to be bowled.

It was unlikely that St Charles could win, but highly possible that DHS would grab the last wicket.

Matthew Germishuizen and Naidoo saw out the last few overs to salvage a draw in front of some very tense home supporters.

DHS 169 (Ndlovu 48, Canham 42, Kotze 25, Darroch 6/36)

St Charles 151-9 (Ortmann 45, Philpott 50, Ndlovu 5/59)

Match drawn

Michaelhouse vs

Maritzburg College

A heavy outfield greeted the cricketers and College opted to field first. Both College opening bowlers, Fuzzy Memela and Gareth Jeary, struck early to have Michaelhouse 3/2.

Bradley Roberts (32) and Kyle Pyne-James added 45 for the third wicket and Pyne-James (37) and Dale Beckely (33) 51 for the eighth wicket to get the home side to 152 after 72.4 overs. The rate never got much above two to the over. A mammoth unchanged spell by Sohail Mahmoud of 31.4 overs reaped four wickets, while Jeary finished with three.

College estimated that they would receive about 47 overs, and on that outfield a win was unlikely, but having sent Michaelhouse in to bat the home side were justified in making the game safe.

Mahmoud got out, without scoring, to the bowling of Barrie Forrester-Smith and he took the second wicket with the score on 14 after 10 overs.

Tyron Walsh and Piero Zanone both scored 22, the latter not out to be the best of the College batting, and while they were together there was a chance, until Walsh tried to go over the infield and was caught.

After 48 overs College reached 95 for five for the tame draw.

Michaelhouse 154 (Roberts 32, Pyne-James 37, Beckley 33, Mahmoud 4/70, Jeary 3/20)

M College 95-5

Match drawn

Northwood vs Glenwood

The visitors let Northwood off the hook after having them 110/6.

This is not to take away some good batting by Keegan Rawling and Rawdon Capell, who in an unbroken stand of 106 took the home side to 216.

Earlier, Dale van der Merwe had made a quick-fire 52 off 38 balls on an excellent batting wicket.

Andile Phehlukwayo was the best of the Glenwood attack with 2/32.

Glenwood lost two wickets in the first over from Van der Merwe and they never really recovered.

Northwood 216-6 (vd Merwe 52, Rawling 57*, Capell 38*)

Glenwood 200 (Pearce 92)

Northwood won by 16 runs

Clifton vs Westville

A chanceless ton by Jason Oakes, who batted through the innings, enabled Westville to reach a very competitive 282/5 in the allotted 50 overs.

Earlier, Nicholas Pentz had batted aggressively for 83 scored off 71 balls.

This was the first time this season that the Clifton bowlers had been required to bowl all 50 overs.

Only Justin Faulds really applied himself as he was undefeated on 45 as other Clifton batsmen failed with some poor shot selection, but this was mainly due to the pressure of the target that they were facing. Best of the Westville bowlers was Cameron Gordon with three wickets, as Clifton were bowled out for 156 in the 43rd over.

Westville 282-5 (Pentz 83, Oakes 109*)

Clifton 166 (Faulds 45*, Gordon 3/12)

Westville won by 116 runs

OTHER RESULTS

Thomas More 159-9, St Henrys 125, Thomas More

won by 34 runs;

Voortrekker 145 (Zaayman 32, van Lelyveld 3/24), Weston 99 (Dolan 36, Pretorius 3/11, de Klerk 3/30);

Voortrekker won by 46 runs

Carter 126 (Jagwanth 26), MCS 87 (Manual 3/18, Gule 3/20); Carter won by 39 runs

Crawford LL 43, Kloof 44-7; Kloof won by 3 wkts.

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