Twenty20 festival produces exciting cricket

2009-09-15 00:00

A SUCCESSFUL third annual St David’s Twenty20 Festival, sponsored for the second year by Sahara, played to an end on Sunday.

On Saturday, the Sahara Legends XI, with a number of current Proteas players, played a schools’ combined XI. In an exciting finish, the schoolboys won the match by five wickets with one ball to spare. Local boys, Matthew Hulett from St Charles, Dean Pengelley from Maritzburg College and Jarryd Phillips from Kearsney were in the combined Schools’ XI.

Batting first the Legends ended with 139 for nine, with Gulam Bodi top scoring with 22. It was a disappointing batting performance by the Legends, but some good bowling and fielding led to their downfall. Jerry Nqolo from Border was the best of the schoolboy bowlers taking four wickets.

The Schools’ XI started well, where the asking rate was down to just under six an over. Hulett scored 24 before losing his wicket to a poor shot, being bowled by Roelof van der Merwe, just after the second wicket had fallen. Pengelley managed only four, bowled by Lonwabe Tsotsobe and Phillips was one not out, when they passed the required score for the loss of four wickets. Van der Merwe, with three wickets, was the pick of the bowlers.

Both Maritzburg College and Kearsney had a good festival, winning three of the four games played. St Charles were not so fortunate, as they won one and lost the other three.

Kearsney were outplayed in their first game by King Edwards but then won the next three relatively easily. They beat St Stithians and St Davids both by eight wickets and won by five wickets against St John’s.

Maritzburg College won their first three matches and lost the last one by nine runs against Affies. They beat Hudson Park narrowly by two runs, but won the other two comfortably. St David­’s was beaten by eight wickets and St Stithians by 62 runs.

St Charles lost the first three matches against St Stithians, St John’s and the KPT invitation XI, before winning the last match against St Albans. (No details of the St Charles games were received.)

Next week the Oppenheimer Michaelmas Week takes place and all the schools that played in the St David’s festival, except St Albans, will be present. This represents most of the cream of schools’ cricket sides in the country.

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