Towels come out as Hilton, Howick and Westville win matches played in light drizzle

2013-02-19 00:00

DESPITE the rain on Friday night and the drizzly conditions on Saturday morning, three school cricket games were played.

The match at Hilton was a declaration game.

At Northwood, where rain seems to be less prevalent than in parts of Durban and Howick, they eventually played a T20 match against a touring side from Cape Town.

All the games went ahead, achieving results.

Hilton vs St Charles

There was a brief delay owing to rain and the game was played occasionally in a light drizzle. The umpires must be commended in not delaying play when it did start drizzling and the match continued until there was a result.

While conditions were not ideal, St Charles opted to field, but had to use the towel frequently to try to keep the seam dry. Andrew Darroch was again the pick of the bowlers as he ended with a fifer to have Hilton all out for 161. Alistair Rayner and Steven Reeves scored in the thirties to be the most successful with the bat.

The St Charles top order batted sensibly and for the first 20 overs seemed well in control, with Jamie Gouweloos and Mark Ortmann at the crease.

However, it appeared as if panic set afterwards and the last four wickets fell in the last two overs.

Reeves made the difference, as in addition to top-scoring for Hilton, he captured 7/7 in 10 overs.

With the surface slippery, the ball was skidding through and Reeves used it intelligently to run through the middle and lower order to have their visitors all out for just 115.

Result: Hilton 161 (Rayner 37, Reeves 39, Darroch 5/46)

St Charles 115 (Reeves 7/7)

Hilton won by 46 runs.

Northwood vs Westville

With an early drizzle falling both north and south of the well manicured and drained Smith field at Northwood, the game got off to a late start and was reduced to 40 overs.

Westville won the toss and asked the home side to bat on a good pitch.

A second spin bowler to do well on the day was Westville captain Luke Schlemmer, as he picked up 4/7 runs in his allotted eight overs.

Northwood were bowled out in the 38th over for 106.

Westville were not really troubled by the Northwood bowlers and they reached the target in 23 overs with Bruce Kerr making 39 and Schlemmer taking his side to a six-wicket victory, being undefeated on 37.

Result: Northwood 106 (Schlemmer 4/7)

Westville 107-4 (Kerr 39, Schlemmer 37*)

Westville won by 6 wkts.

Howick vs Reddam House

As Howick were playing a touring side from Cape Town, every effort was made to get a game in.

The outfield was quite soggy with some morning drizzle still falling, but after waiting until after lunch it was possible to play 20 overs per side.

Reddam House took first knock, but found it difficult to get the bowlers away. In attempting to up the run rate, they lost wickets at regular intervals.

They were all out in 15 overs for 37 with Nathan Miller taking four wickets. Two wickets fell to Gareth Adams and Jordan Barnsley in two overs bowled by each.

Howick reached the target with four wickets down and 48 balls remaining.

Result: Reddam House 37 (Miller 4/10), Howick 38-4, Howick won by 6 wkts.

Howick will play in the second-tier T20 final next Monday against Weston.

The latter beat Carter comfortably in one semi-final, while Treverton lost by six wickets to Howick in the other. Michael Adams top-scored with 46.

Hilton will be playing St Charles next Tuesday and Maritzburg College will play Michaelhouse next Wednesday. The winner of this game will play Hilton in the final scheduled next Thursday.

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