A perfect send-off for school leavers

2014-11-18 00:00

SATURDAY saw the final few matches played in the longer version of the game for the year as the bats, pads and gloves were packed away until January.

For many players, it was their swansong in their respective first teams after loyal service to their school and badge.

Westville Boys’ High won an entertaining clash against Northwood by five wickets, Hilton overcame old enemy Michaelhouse by seven wickets and Kearsney took control against St Charles, winning by eight wickets.

Westville v Northwood

Played at Westville on the hallowed Bowden’s pitch, Northwood called correctly and took first strike on what looked a flat track.

Caution from the batsmen seemed the order of the day and at the halfway mark (25 overs), only 65 runs were on the board.

Westville’s bowlers found their line, length and rhythm early, all-rounder Alex Whitelaw doing the business with 4-25 in his 10 overs. The home side’s spinners also kept the batsmen quiet as runs had to be worked for.

Cody van Breemen fought a stoic battle with the bat, reaching 51 in Northwood’s 136 all out, the visitors using all their overs to crawl to their total.

Northwood made a fight of it as Westville crossed the line to win by five wickets, reaching 137-5. Stalwarts of the team Tyron Koen finished on an entertaining 45* from 63 balls and captain Bruce Kerr contributed a useful 35 in his final innings for his school. Both these players have enjoyed successful years in the first team and currently play Premier League cricket for Pinetown. Kerr captained the school to the provincial T20 title earlier this year, enabling him and his men to represent Dolphins at the national tournament in Pretoria.

While the 50-over format is done and dusted for the year, the two schools still have some T20 business to take care of.

Westville host Northwood tomorrow with the Durban North outfit keen to bounce back and level matters in the cricket rivalry stakes.

Northwood 136 (Van Breemen 51; Whitelaw 4-25)

Westville 137-5 (Koen 45*, Kerr 35)

Westville won by five wickets.

Kearsney v St Charles

Playing in Pietermaritzburg, Kearsney rounded off their cricket year with a strong eight-wicket win, the perfect send-off for the matrics in the team.

Batting first, the hosts battled against the Kearsney bowling attack, succumbing for just 82. Keean Rencken finished in style claiming 5-25, the first five-wicket haul by a Kearsney first team bowler this year.

It was never going to be too difficult for Kearsney to chase down the score and it was a matter of how quickly they would get the job done.

The answer was provided soon after lunch as they reached 83-2 to seal the win.

The St Charles bowlers gave their all and did well to claim two wickets in a total they were always going to battle to defend.

St Charles 82 (Rencken 5-25)

Kearsney 83-2

Kearsney won by eight wickets.

Other result

Michaelhouse 158 (Geard 94; Lovatt 5-29,

Symons 3-17)

Hilton College 159-3 (Edy 78*, Curtis 58)

Hilton won by seven wickets.

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