Westville through to semis

2014-11-25 00:00

WESTVILLE Boys’ High School are through to the semi-final of the KZN Coastal T20 ­tournament after beating Northwood by six wickets last week in a Group C match.

Having been the overall KZN champions for the past three years and representing the Dolphins at the national final, Westville were determined to continue the trend and make progress.

Playing at Westville on the hallowed Bowden’s field, Northwood called correctly and opted for first strike on what looked a flat track with a quick outfield.

However, the batsmen battled to score at a steady rate, posting 35-1 after eight overs. This put pressure on the rest of the lads coming to the crease but Blade Capell (35 from 39 balls) and Junaid Syed (32 from 35 balls) took on what Westville had to offer, enabling Northwood to creep beyond the 100 mark, ­finishing on 104-9.

For Westville, Waseem Rahman did the damage with ball in hand, claiming 4/14 in two overs.

It could have gone wrong early for Westville when opener ­Tyron Koen was dropped before scoring in the first over. As so often happens in cricket, he ­never looked back, making the opposition pay as he smashed a blistering 48 from 24 balls ­before chopping a ball onto his stumps.

Raham continued his good work with a run-a-ball 17 and Andrew Moon added 24 from 14 balls. The pair added stability to the innings, getting Westville within sight of the target before both getting out. Luke Bowman (8*) and Kiashen Govender (6*) saw Westville home in only 12 overs, while Northwood’s left-arm spinner Preston Abrahams, who picked up Moon’s wicket, looked promising.

Westville’s win sees them meet either Glenwood, DHS or Kearsney in the semi-final scheduled to be played on Jan­uary 27, at venues still to be determined. The regional final is on January 30, at Kingsmead and the provincial final — KZN Coastal v KZN Inland — is on February 6.

SCORE

Northwood 104-9 (Capell 35, Syed 32; Rahman 4-14)

Westville 106-4 (Koen 48)

Westville won by 6 wkts.

Results from Group Matches

Group A

Umgeni 98-7 (Naidu 26)

DHS 99-0 (De Mcillan 53*)

DHS won by 10 wkts.

Clifton 213-3 (Paul 103*)

Umgeni 79-9 (Singh 16*; Seedat 4-20)

Clifton won by 133 runs.

DHS 121-6 (Bryan 59*)

Clifton 100 (Montgomery 25; Bryan 3-28)

DHS won by 21 runs.

Group B

Grantleigh 122-5 (Russell 46*)

Kingsway 117-7 (Inderjith 26; Russell 3-23)

Grantleigh won by 5 runs.

Kingsway 39 (Henry 3-6)

Glenwood 40-3 (Sewpersad 2-14)

Glenwood won by 7 wkts.

Glenwood v Grantleigh

Glenwood won by walkover.

Group C

Illembe 76-9 (Colman 3-14)

Westville 77-1 (Koen 49)

Westville won by 9 wkts.

Northwood 145-8 (Capell 65)

Illembe 57-9

Northwood won by 88 runs.

Group D

Crawford 114-6 (Moodley 29)

Kearsney 119-2 (Crouch 72)

Kearsney won by 8 wkts.

Umzinto 63-8

Crawford 64-5

Crawford won by 5 wkts.

Kearsney 194-2 (Porteous 73, Stamatis 53)

Umzinto 120-9 (Mohan 45)

Kearsney won by 74 runs.

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