War cries best part of low-score match

2012-02-04 00:00

HILTON and Michaelhouse had a strange game in the seventh match of the Sunfoil Schools Night league on Thursday evening. Generally slow batting took much of the excitement away. The war cries from the boys of both schools, egging their sides on, were arguably the main feature of the game.

After electing to bat, Hilton lost an early wicket before Marc van Wymeersch and Bantu Futshane added 51 for the second wicket off 66 balls. The middle order collapsed, after most of them appeared very subdued, and it was only Greg Morris in the lower order who added 25 off 33 balls to get Hilton to 133 all out in the 40th over.

Michaelhouse fielders did leak runs, but Hilton did not make the best use of the lapses in the field.

It was the Michaelhouse spinners who did most of the damage, spearheaded by Luc Stevens, who captured four wickets for just 15 runs in his eight overs. Greg Oldfield and Dave Watson both took two wickets. The Hilton rate never went over four runs to the over and ended on 3,4.

Michaelhouse lost three wickets early on and it was Greg Oldfield and Nic Hellens who set about restoring the innings. At the halfway stage Michaelhouse were nine runs better off and they had lost one less wicket.

In the 22nd over, after adding 74 runs for the fourth wicket, Hellens was caught for 43 off 44 balls.

Oldfield structured a sedate 53 off 91 balls and was instrumental in winning the game by four wickets in the 36th over. Sebastian Negri and Tom Curran each took two wickets.

SCORE IN BRIEF

Hilton 133 (Futshane 27, van Wymeersch 31, Morris 25, Stevens 4/15)

Michaelhouse 137 for 6 ( Hellens 43, Oldfield 53*)

Michaelhouse won by 4 wkts.

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