Wet weather wins the day

2012-10-16 00:00

THE wet week, as expected, had a devastating effect on the first Saturday of school cricket this term. It was particularly frustrating for the players where the sun was shining brightly, but the cricket was cancelled. There was some cricket, one match at Weston and the other three matches in Durban. Matches in other age groups were also played. In some cases, games were cancelled on Friday, as little preparation had been possible and outfields were sodden.

Glenwood vs St Charles

This was not St Charles’s day as they were outplayed by a unit that played far better cricket in most areas of the game. Glenwood were asked to bat on a surface lacking the necessary preparation. St Charles bowlers did improve from the games at Michaelmas Week, but they did not keep enough pressure on the batsmen and Glenwood batted well to reach 200 for six. After Richard Wissing and Tyron Koningkramer had repaired some early damage, it was Andile Phehlukwayo who hit 30 quick runs to get Glenwood to 200.

With the St Charles top order not having much form at present, it was going to be a tall order to reach the target. Only Robin Mitchell came to grips with some good bowling by Nhla­kanipho Madwe and Callan Pearce, who captured three wickets apiece to have St Charles all out for 116 and give the home side a comfortable victory.

Glenwood 200-6 (Wissing 55, Koningkramer 49 Phehlukwayo 30*), St Charles 116 (Madwe 3/26, Pearce 3/15). Glenwood won by 84 runs.

Clifton vs KZN Development

Clifton lost the toss and were asked to bat first, on a pitch which initially was a little soft and gave some help to the bowlers. The Development opening bowlers bowled in good areas, but as they were not successful the bowling lost some consistency and Clifton batsmen got on top.

After the cautious start, partnerships developed with captain Senuran Muthusamy dominant. He eventually cut loose, reaching 107 in 83 balls. Together with Joshua Masojada (46) and Josh Niemand (33), Clifton reached a mammoth 303 for seven. Three wickets, including that of Muthusamy, were lost in the last few overs as they attempted to reach 300.

This knocked the heart out of the Development batsmen, as they fell regularly against a disciplined bowling attack. If a few others had shown the same determination as Ayanda Madikizela (26), they would have made more than the 65 for which they were bowled out. Kelvin Donnelley was the pick of the bowlers as he captured four wickets upfront, getting good movement in the air, which destroyed the core of their batting.

Clifton 303-7 (Muthusamy 107, Masojada 46, Niemand 33), KZN Development 65 (Madikizela 26, Donnelley 4/25). Clifton won by 238 runs.

Northwood vs George Campbell

The home side built on their experience gained at Michaelmas Week to win easily against George Campbell, who had given them much tougher opposition in the first term. Batting first, Northwood compiled a useful 248 runs with Dale van der Merwe just missing out on what would have been a maiden century. He got good support from Bevan Williams.

The minnows just fell apart and with bowlers sharing the wickets, Campbell was bowled out for just 69.

Northwood 248 (vd Merwe 98, Williams 50), George Campbell 69. Northwood won by 179 runs.

Weston vs Treverton

The match was moved from the first-team field which was waterlogged. The field where play started late had a wicket that was hard, but did lack some necessary preparation. Weston won the toss and asked their neighbours to take first knock.

The Treverton batsmen did not settle, as Devlin Dolan ran through the top order. They then tried to hit themselves out of trouble with some big strokes. This resulted in three players being caught at fine leg and they were all out for just 37. It took Weston just 10 overs to reach the target, losing two wickets in the process. It was a satisfying win for Weston over their local rivals.

Treverton 37 (Dolan 4/25, Bauer 3/14), Weston 38-2. Weston won by eight wickets.

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