schools' cricket: Revenge is sweet for St Charles

2007-11-13 00:00

St Charles took sweet revenge against Michaelhouse and Northwood caused a major surprise when they narrowly defeated Hilton in weekend schools' cricket matches.

The top individual performance was a century by Kearsney's Ricardo Gouveia on the penultimate Saturday of schools' cricket for the year.

St Charles-Michaelhouse: The tables were turned by St Charles, who outplayed their visitors Michaelhouse, winning comprehensively by seven wickets.

Michaelhouse had beaten them comfortably in a day/night game and drawn in a declaration game, with Michaelhouse in the ascendancy, during the first term.

But this time it was different. After a reasonable start, Michaelhouse were 72 for two wickets with their two in-form batsmen, Patrick Lambie and Guy Cronje, at the crease. It looked as if the Balgowan team were going to build a sizable total. However, when Lambie fell for 25, becoming one of Craig Fowler's four victims, the innings fell apart.

Some good fielding and bowling, particularly by Fowler, saw Michaelhouse all out for 134 in the 41st over. Fowler ended with four wickets for 29 in his 10 overs.

SJ Erwee and Carl Marks captured a brace of wickets apiece.

A second wicket partnership of 111 between Matthew Hulett (56) and Graham Beghin (54) made the game safe for St Charles.

St Charles comfortably reached the target in the 33rd over for the loss of just three wickets.

John Barr was the pick of the Michaelhouse bowlers, taking two of the three wickets to fall.

Hilton-Northwood: Rain delayed the start and then a howling wind blowing down the pitch made bowling difficult. Hosts Northwood, after winning the toss, got off to a good start, adding over 90 for the first wicket and, although Sanvir Maharaj (78) lived dangerously, he was effective. Yuvon Maharaj (37) was the first to be dismissed and thereafter wickets fell without any further partnerships developing. The home side reached 164 for six after the reduced 45 overs.

Bowling into the wind was difficult for the seamers and those who bowled with the wind found it difficult to control the ball. When the spinners Matthew Taberer and Tim Jandrell came on to bowl the run rate was slowed and this is when the majority of wickets fell.

Hilton found runs difficult to get on the heavy outfield and, other than Nathan Roberts (38) and Lyle Turner, the batsmen struggled. Turner needed a six off the last ball to win the game, which he attempted to get, but he had to be content with a four, which gave Northwood a one-run win, their first this year against a top-tier school. Turner ended undefeated on 30.

Kearsney-Glenwood: Unfortunately for Glenwood, there was insufficient support for Cody Chetty (50) and they were all out for 159 scored in 35 overs. Keegan Eccles and David White put the batting under the sword early on and it was only Chetty who managed to stay at the crease for any length of time. White ended with three wickets.

Ricardio Gouveia found his form again and was ruthless against some indifferent bowling, reaching an undefeated 114 off only 73 balls to take Kearsney to victory in the 23rd over.

Howick-Hillcrest: Howick's bowling was too hot to handle for the visiting Hillcrest batsmen and, once a good second-wicket partnership between M. Jordaan (26) and D. Seaton (29) was broken, the Hillcrest batsmen floundered against the spin of Graham Allen, who claimed six wickets for 37 in nine overs.

The Hillcrest batsmen were all back in the pavilion for 114 and this was unlikely to be enough against the confident Howick youngsters.

Openers Allen (25) and Kyle Dix got Howick off to a good start and even though they lost six wickets, including Dix for 52, they reached the required score in the 19th over.

Tomlinson took three wickets for 14 in five overs.

Carter-Weston: Weston elected to take first knock at Carter and were soon in trouble on a pitch that played unevenly. Carter bowlers kept it tight and some good fielding kept Weston under pressure. Weston were bowled out for 87 in 28 overs. Mfundo Majola and Jared Pillay both captured three wickets. Carter found batting difficult and lost six wickets in reaching the target. Kyle Barkley with Juan Pretorius buildt a partnership which allowed Carter to reach their target for the loss of six wickets.

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