Top 10 cricketing schools in KwaZulu-Natal

2012-11-27 00:00

THE school cricket year is over for 2012 and hopefully those who will be participating in the national weeks will keep the province’s flag flying high. After a disappointing final term when the weather won the day, it is a more difficult task to rank the top 10 teams in KZN.

Normally most of those schools would have played one another, but this year there are large gaps in the results column. This year results in games against the prominent schools from outside the province that are considered to be of equivalent standard, have been used in helping with the ranking.

Any matches that were rained off, whether declaration or 50-over games, were not considered nor were any T20 games.

Westville Boys’ High School

At the beginning of the year, Westville was seen as one of the top sides in the province, but then promptly lost their first match. They have also not played one Saturday game this term and this could have been to their advantage in the rankings, as they did play in the Cape schools’ week where they won all four matches. Schools who participated in the Michaelmas Week, where Westville normally play, were considered to be of a better standard in general.

Winning seven of their eight matches has put Westville firmly at the top. The only game they lost was the first game of the year against Maritzburg College. KZN schools that they beat were Clifton, DHS and Kearsney. Their most significant win was arguably against Grey High School, a win by five wickets.

Significant individual performances saw one bowling spell by Kyle Simmonds where he captured 6/36 against DHS. The top batting saw three scores over 80, twice by Brendon Hartslief against Kearsney and Dale and Simmonds making 89 not out, the top score of the season, against Union High School.

Three players have been selected for the KZN Coastal U19 side for Khaya Majola week, Simmonds for the second time, Dudu Zondo and Luke Schlemmer. One first XI player, Nicholas Pentz, was selected for the KZN Coastal U17 side.

Glenwood High school

They won seven of the 11 games that were considered and while they lost against both DHS and Michaelhouse, they are second in the province. KZN schools that Glenwood did beat were Maritzburg College, Northwood twice, St Charles and Hilton.

There were no major individual performances, with the top score being 56 made by Wesley McLean against Grey College. The bowlers were their main strength, with Callan Pearce taking four wickets on two occasions and Andile Phehlukwayo getting four wickets once. Theirs has truly been a team effort without any star performances.

Phehlukwayo and Nhlakanipho Madwe are the two selections for the KZN Coastals U19 team. In the U17 team, Callan Pearce and Gareth Wissing, regular first-team players, gained selection.

Kearsney college

Kearsney together with Westville were probably hardest-hit by rain and played only eight matches that qualified in the rankings, winning five. The local teams that they beat were Michaelhouse, twice against St Charles and Northwood. The only KZN school that they lost against was Westville.

The results of their tour to England were not considered, but they lost just one of their eight games that included a victory against Millfield, regarded as the top English cricket school.

Ryan Wallace scored two successive centuries at the beginning of the year against Churchies from Australia and Peterhouse from Zimbabwe, but did not produce that form again.

Three Kearsney players were selected for the Coastals U19 side — Craig Kirsten, James Lambert and Tyler Smith. There were also three in the U17 Coastal team Tristan Tedder, Jordan Gregory and Wallace.

DHS

DHS played 13 matches — winning six, losing five, with two drawn matches. Only three matches were completed against KZN schools, where they beat Glenwood, but lost against Westville and Northwood. A 119-run win against Pretoria Boys’ High School was arguably their most significant.

Bongamusa Makhanya had the best bowling performance, taking 6/15 against Reddam from Cape Town. Ainsley Ndlovu was their most consistent wicket-taker over the year. Taariq Booley scored a ton against Hudson Park and Tyler Trenoweth did the same against St Stithians.

Four DHS players were selected for the Coastals U19 and Ndlovu and Austin Pruthab for the Coastals U17. The four in the senior side are Booley, Trenoweth, Makhanya and Aatish Maharaj, the latter for the second year.

Maritzburg College

It is unusual not to see any Inland sides in the top four, particularly College. This is the first side that lost more games than they won, winning five of 12 games. They did win four of their seven matches against KZN schools which included games in the Sunfoil day-night league. Two wins against St Charles, the surprise win against Westville and a win against Michaelhouse, together with a win against St Albans, completed their victories in a disappointing season.

Tim Guise-Brown scored a century against Affies, a game which was lost, and he had the best individual bowling performance, taking 5/7 against St Charles.

Three College players are in the KZN Inland U19 team, Dupavillon for the second time, Mahmoud and Lwandizwa Zuma, the latter two both still U17. In the Inland U17 are Shaun Wormington and Tyron Walsh.

Michaelhouse

Fourteen games were considered in the rankings and Michaelhouse won five of those with six losses, one tie against St Charles in the Sunfoil series and two draws. The five wins were against St John’s from Harare, Glenwood, Hilton, Northwood and Peterhouse, and the losses against St John’s on their tour, St Davids, Bishops, College in the Sunfoil series, Kearsney and St Albans.

Greg Oldfield has been their batting star with centuries against St Charles, in a drawn game and St Albans and three scores over 80. Robbie Anderson was not far behind with a century against Hilton and some other solid scores. Their best bowling performance was Luke Stevens with 6/23 against Glenwood.

Not surprisingly, Oldfield and Anderson are both in the Inland U19 together with wicketkeeper Kyle Pyne-James. Barrie Forrester-Smith, Stevens and Nic Elliot are in the U17 team.

Hilton College

They played in two festivals and the Sunfoil series, so had more matches than most, 16, that were not affected by weather. They only won five of those with seven losses and three draws. Hilton were hit hard when their top player and all-rounder, Tom Curran, immigrated and was not available in the new season.

They played six matches against KZN teams, winning three and losing the other three. The wins came twice against College and the other against St Charles. The losses were against Michaelhouse, Clifton and Glenwood.

Three Hilton players were selected for the Khaya Majola week, Luc Maingard, Bantu Futshane and Lungisa Ngidi another player still U17. One further player, Marc van Wymeersch, is in the Inland U17 team.

Clifton

Clifton has definitely improved over the last couple of years, but their position in the rankings has been favoured as the matches against schools other than the other top KZN sides have been used. They only played four matches against local top-level schools winning against Hilton, losing against Glenwood and Westville and drawing with St Charles. Overall, they played 10 matches winning four, with one draw. Their most significant win was by eight wickets against St Stithians.

They had a strong batting line-up at the top of the order led by their captain Senuran Muthusamy, who was selected for the SA Colts XI in 2011. He topped their batting with some good scores and a century against the KZN Development team.

Muthusamy is their only player in the Coastals line-up.

Northwood

Only two matches were won by Northwood in the 10 that were considered in the rankings. These were against St Davids and DHS. KZN sides they lost against were Michaelhouse, Glenwood twice and Kearsney.

St Charles

A very disappointing year saw just two wins in the 17 matches considered. They played in three festivals and the Sunfoil series. They lost 12 games, drew two, once against Michaelhouse. The wins were against St John’s from Harare and Woodridge, but other than the tie, they lost all matches against KZN sides.

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