Weekend matches

2012-02-11 00:00

THE midlands schools will be feeling more rested today after a week that has been free of any Sunfoil Schools fixtures and this will have allowed more thorough practice. This could be evident in the three matches involving midlands schools. Maritzburg College is taking a half-term break.

The Hart-Davis Oval at Hilton could be the match of the weekend, where Hilton play Kearsney. The latter is smarting after their loss against Westville last Saturday and Hilton will be rearing to go after having their match against Grey College cut short due to rain.

The only batsmen to have scored centuries this year in the top league are against one another. Hilton’s Tom Curran, who reached three figures last Saturday, but is one of the chief run-scorers for his side, will be a danger to the visitors. Ryan Wallace from Kearsney scored two tons at the Independent Schools Festival in January, but since then he has struggled with the bat. Nevertheless he will be hoping to return to form.

The final result will probably come from the side that has the most disciplined bowling attack and here the sides cannot really be split.

Michaelhouse travel to Durban North to play against Northwood. Michaelhouse has been the side that has shown the most improvement over the few weeks of the year. Their bowling attack has two good spinners complementing one another and a useful seam attack. They will probably find Northwood, who has lost against DHS, but since played George Campbell and St Henry’s, a relatively easy game. The danger for the visitors is being too complacent.

St Charles has generally struggled this year, but they will have a chance of turning their year around against DHS. The batsmen gained some confidence last week against Clifton, although the bowlers were not able to bowl Clifton out in the drawn game. If the St Charles batsmen occupy the crease and build partnerships they should be able to post a useful total if they bat first.

Glenwood will be disappointed with their last two Saturdays where they lost against Michaelhouse and DHS. The side appears to be struggling to get the right balance and senior players are not performing as they should. Westville, definitely the top side in the province at this stage, will walk all over the home side if they do not pull together as a team.

SELECTED FIXTURES

(Home side first)

Hilton vs Kearsney; Northwood vs Michaelhouse; DHS vs St Charles; Glenwood vs Westville: Voortrekker vs Howick; Clifton vs George Campbell; Treverton vs Clifton II; New Forest vs Thomas More; Weston vs Carter; Alexandra vs Wartburg.

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