Weston win by a wicket

2009-09-22 00:00

SIX of the KwaZulu-Natal sides that played on Saturday will all be in action on Thursday at the 50th annual Michaelmas Week, which takes place over four days at Maritzburg College.

The two sides that did not play that will also be at Michaelmas Week are St Charles and Glenwood. They were expected to play but Glenwood withdrew from the scheduled fixture due to other commitments.

 

Michaelhouse vs DHS

With a damp wicket, the match was delayed to make it a fairer contest and although DHS lost the toss and had to bat, they played indifferently to get themselves out.

After some good steady bowling and catching, where no catches were put down, DHS were all out for a paltry 60.

There were nine edges from the DHS batsmen in their first outing this season, with five being caught by the keeper, three by first slip and one in the gulley.

With some moisture still in the wicket and swing from the bowlers, the batsmen who didn’t get behind the ball soon lost their wickets. Neil Hulbert was the most successful Michaelhouse bowler, capturing five wickets for just 11 runs.

Michaelhouse took just 10 overs to reach the target, without losing a wicket. Mark van Heerden was severe on anything loose as he made an undefeated 42.

The wicket did not change much in the Michaelhouse innings and as the game was over before lunch was taken, the DHS batsmen had only themselves to blame for the 10 wicket defeat.

 

Westville vs Kearsney

Kearsney continued where they left off after the first term, with a comfortable win against Westville, helping to cement their position as arguably the top KwaZulu-Natal school.

Some poor shot selections by the Westville batsmen prevented any partnerships developing and they were all out in the 42nd over for 122.

Aerin Ivey had another good innings making 58.

Chad Bowes captured three wickets but it was the bowling upfront that pressurised Westville into the mistakes they made.

It took Kearsney just on 30 overs to reach their target for the loss of four wickets with Jarryd Phillips top scoring with 34.

Northwood vs Hilton

Hilton were put in by their hosts on a dampish wicket where the ball came through slowly. From a comfortable 128 for two, they collapsed to be all out for 192. The Taylor brothers were their main scorers, with Louis making a well-played 59 and Eddie 31. The bowling of K. Moolman who took out the middle order and ended with six wickets for 41 was the pick of the bowlers on the day.

Hilton fought all the way but it was some loose bowling and six dropped catches that let the home side off the hook. They were helped by 18 wides. If it hadn’t been for the extra three overs they had to bowl, they could well have won the game as Northwood passed the Hilton score with three balls to spare. D. Bayne was 63 not out and Nathan Roberts captured three wickets.

 

Maritzburg College vs Clifton

This game was reduced to 40 overs because of a late start allowing the pitch to dry out. Clifton were asked to bat in their first match against College. Other than a 52-run fifth wicket partnership, wickets fell regularly and only N. Dunn stayed for any length of time making 35. They were all out in the 36th over for 102. Andrew Hay captured four wickets for 18 in eight overs.

College finished off the game in the 14th over when they passed the target for the loss of two wickets. Gareth Roderick and Tyler Lortan top scored for the home side making 38 and an undefeated 35, respectively, both scoring at much better than a run a ball.

 

Weston vs Howick

In an exciting finish, Weston won the match by one wicket. This after Howick had made a creditable 194, although it was their tail enders who nearly saved them, as they were 117 for seven at one stage. When the ninth wicket fell, Weston were almost at their target and the four runs required came quickly thereafter.

 

SCORES IN BRIEF

DHS 60 (Hulbert 5/11); Michaelhouse 62-0 (Van Heerden 42*). Michaelhouse won by 10 wickets.

Westville 122 (Ivey 58, Bowes 3/30); Kearsney 123-4 (Phillips 34). Kearsney won by six wickets.

Hilton 192 (L. Taylor 59, E. Taylor 31, Moolman 6/41); Northwood 193-6 (Bayne 63*, Roberts 3/32). Northwood won by four wickets.

Clifton 103 (Dunn 35, Hay 4/18); Maritzburg College 109-2 (Roderick 38, Lortan 35*). College won by eight wickets.

Howick 194 (Carter 3/41); Weston 196-9 (Carter 32, Bradley 45, Elliott 33*). Weston won by one wicket.

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