College, Saints T20 derby thriller

2017-02-15 06:01
PHOTO: Ryan Smith Maritzburg College first XI cricket captain Scott Steenkamp and St Charles College skipper Lawrence Lawlor at the City Oval in Alexandra Park.

PHOTO: Ryan Smith Maritzburg College first XI cricket captain Scott Steenkamp and St Charles College skipper Lawrence Lawlor at the City Oval in Alexandra Park.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

THE cooler boxes have already been stocked with ice-cold cans of orange juice, the deckchairs are in the boot as all journeys head to the delightful City Oval in Alexandra Park this Wednesday afternoon.

It’s the Coca-Cola National Franchise T20 cricket competition KZN Inland region final between the Maritzburg College first XI and their St Charles College counterparts, and the 2.30pm start is set to launch a humdinger of a contest.

“Yes, it’s going to be a thrilling battle between two evenly-matched sides and what makes it extra-special is that not even the most knowledgeable schoolboy cricket fans can come up with an objective assessment of the outcome,” was Maritzburg College first XI coach Dave Pryke’s summing up of this much-anticipated clash.

And there’s a massive carrot dangling in the wind for these talented outfits.

“The prospect of representing KZN Inland schools at the KZN Dolphins Franchise final against KZN Coastal champions Glenwood at Kingsmead on Friday afternoon will obviously be in the back of the Saints’ boy’s minds but they appreciate­ only too well that their aspirations will only come true if they manage the Maritzburg College hurdle­ first,” was the opinion of the St Charles College first XI mentor Murray Cole-Edwardes when contacted by Maritzburg Fever on Tuesday.

And the winners get to take on KZN Coastal region winners Glenwood at Kingsmead in Durban on Friday afternoon.

The victors there advance to the National Franchise Finals at the University of Stellenbosch next month so there’s plenty to play for.

Pryke agreed that the immediate business at hand was about the St Charles College challenge.

“Look, Saints have a good side that is well balanced in all departments so the boys know they must bring their A-game to the Oval for the Saints test.”

Cole-Edwardes and Pryke have established themselves in a very short time as canny cricket mentors and the battle of tactical wits between the two adds an additional flavour to this mouth-watering showcase of the cream of Pietermaritzburg schoolboy cricket talent.

In captains Scott Steenkamp of the Maritzburg College first XI and his opposite­ number Lawrence Lawlor of St Charles College you have two intelligent skippers and quality cricketers­ in their own right while each team is also blessed with potential match-winners such as College fast bowler and explosive batsman Brad Sherwood and Saints paceman Brandon van Zyl, so it’s anyone’s game.

Whoever turns up with their A-game come the 2.30pm start Wednesday will likely win this one.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.


Chocolate can be fatal for dogs

Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine that is similar to caffeine and is toxic to dogs at certain levels.



Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Do you know what you are feeding your dog?
Watch: Proof animals have souls
Would you clone your pet?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.