Weekend sunshine brings out two major surprises in schools’ cricket

2013-02-05 00:00

SCHOOL cricketers were greeted with sunshine for the whole of Saturday, a rare occurrence over the past few months, but some scores were low due to heavy outfields, or perhaps the lack of competitive cricket.

There was another major surprise in Durban where Northwood defeated Michaelhouse. The latter expected to be one of the better teams this year.

A second surprise was the way in which Kearsney beat St Charles, but this time on a perfect batting pitch.

Northwood vs Michaelhouse

After all the rain and the sandy soil, the outfield at Northwood, although looking emaculate, was extremely slow, shown by only 10 boundaries being scored on the day. Northwood elected to bat first, but the batsmen struggled to score runs as wickets fell.

At the halfway stage, the run rate had not reached two runs to the over with the hosts on 48/5, and when the score was 55/7, it appeared as if they would not score much more than 70.

A spirited fight back by Sereshin Moodley (20) and Greg Wright (38), added 49 runs for the eighth wicket.

Northwood were all out in the 47th over for 124. The medium pace of James de Chastelain reaped 4/16 in his 10 overs. Luke Stevens captured three wickets.

Michaelhouse would have been fairly confident of reaching the target, but an aggressive spell of fast bowling by Dale van der Merwe took out two of the middle order and then another two in the tail to have the visitors all out after 28 overs for 78.

Only Jason Marshall looked relatively comfortable, until he became the first of Jordan Kisten’s three wickets, after scoring 30. Some poor shot selections led to the dismissal of most of the batsmen.

Northwood 124 (Wright 38, De Chastelain 4/16, Stevens 3/22) Michaelhouse 78 (Marshall 30, Van der Merwe 4/18, Kisten 3/21)

Northwood won by 46 runs

Maritzburg College vs Glenwood

College were asked to bat first and they were not unhappy as they would have batted if they had won the toss.

They did not take full advantage, being bowled out in the 43rd over for 132. This was not going to be enough on a good pitch and so it proved.

At 89/4 after 25 overs, it did not look as if College would lose six wickets for just 43 runs. Four batsmen got starts, but could not push on.

Nhlakanipho Madwe was the best of the Glenwood bowlers with three wickets and a brace to each of Andile Phehlukwayo and Callan Pearce, the two opening bowlers.

To their credit the College bowlers knocked over the two Glenwood opening batsmen in the first two overs and then a run out of in-form Cameron Flowers gave the home side some hope.

Gareth Wissing played well for 35 scored off 45 balls and at the halfway stage College were still in the hunt as Glenwood had lost six wickets for 101.

Phehlukwayo and Pearce made 27 and 26 respectively and took their side to a three wicket win.

M College 132 (Madwe 3/33) Glenwood 133-7 (Wissing 35, Phehlukwayo 27, Pearce 26)

Glenwood won by three wickets

St Charles vs Kearsney

The visitors arrived at the ground to see a wonderful outfield and a hard pitch. They were disappointed in losing the toss and having to field, expecting to chase many balls.

In the first six overs, St Charles scored at five an over, but when Ayron Schramm captured the first of his four wickets they stuttered and batsmen largely got themselves out.

With no pressure, the Kearsney batsmen waited for the loose ball, which they dispatched and they reached the required score after just losing two wickets, the two openers whose opening partnership was just over 100. Keagan Foss made 67 and Robert McGrath 40 in the good win.

St Charles 139 (Schramm 4/29)

Kearsney 142-2 (Foss 67, McGrath 40)

Kearsney won by eight wickets

Westville vs DHS

This was another ground with a slow outfield, together with a pitch where the ball came on slowly.

It made batting difficult and DHS were asked to take first knock.

They lost wickets regularly, particularly off the medium paced bowling of Jason Oates, who took 5/19 in eight overs. DHS were all out for 108 in the 42nd over, of which Sibonela Makhiwane made 51.

It did not go all Westville’s way, as they reached the target in the 37th over for the loss of six wickets. Nicholas Pentz held the batting together finishing with an undefeated 44.

DHS 108 (Makhiwane 51, Oates 5/19)

Westville 109-6 (Pentz 44*)

Westville won by four wickets

Grey College vs Hilton

The sun was shining, but the wicket was soft after rain in Bloemfontein and Hilton lost the toss and had to bat first. It was difficult and five wickets went down for just 30 runs.

The fielders had caught everything and the bowlers made it difficult in the first 15 overs.

Alistair Rayner and Jared Edy then put their heads down and grafted.

The longer they stayed at the crease the easier the pitch became under the baking sun. After 50 overs Hilton had not lost another wicket, with Rayner and Edy adding 149 runs for the sixth wicket. Rayner would have been disappointed as he was on 96 when the innings came to a close, but he had batted superbly. Edy was also undefeated on 55.

With the pitch having flattened out, the Grey batsmen were largely untroubled and they passed the Hilton total for the loss of just two wickets.

Hilton 179-5 (Rayner 96*, Edy 55*)

Grey 180-4

Grey won by 6 wickets

Voortrekker vs Howick

These two schools played one another on Friday evening at the Oval in a T20 match, where they defeated Voortrekker by eight wickets. The Howick lads allowed complacency to get the better of them as Voortreker bowled them out for 89, one less than Voortrekker scored on Friday. Dustin Muller captured five wickets.

Howick bowlers did well to defend the total with Voortrekker eventually falling five runs short. Josh Foster and Matthew Webb each captured three wickets in the exciting finish.

Howick 89 (Muller 5/19)

Voortrekker 84 (Foster 3/13, Webb 3/22)

Howick won by five runs

OTHER RESULTS

Clifton 264-8 (Earle 77, Furniss 51, Mulla 39); George Campbell 45 (Wheal 4/12, Mulla 3/11); Clifton won by 219 runs

Hillcrest 157 (Clark 50); St Henrys 158-5; St Henrys won by five wickets

KZN Dev XI 101 (Appalsami 3/16, Wilcox5/16); Crawford LL 102-7 (Appalsami 36*); Crawford won by three wickets

Treverton 249; Hilton IV 55; Treverton won by 194 runs

Kloof 94; Thomas More 92; Kloof won by two runs

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