Average season for top cricketing schools

2009-11-24 00:00

IT has been an average year for the top 10 schools in the province in school cricket.

There were some good individual performances, however, with both bat and ball. Two players who had been selected for the SA Colts side at the end of the Khaya Majola Week in 2008 did not really reach their expected potential, as more was expected from them.

Of the two, Matthew Hulett from St Charles had a good first term, with a top score of 163 not out against Hilton and two scores above 50. In the bowling he also did well with figures of five for 55 against Bishops. The fourth term was not as good but he did score a second ton against Affies, also undefeated, as well as another half-century.

The other player, Kushen Kishen, an opening bowler from Clifton, did not capture the wickets that he should have. His best spell led to Clifton having their first win against a top 10 school in the province. He captured five wickets for just 12 runs to send Westville back to the pavilion for just 99 runs.

Hopefully, these two players will hit better form at the Khaya Majola Week and help their provinces to some good wins.

There were another seven centuries in addition to the two by Hulett, but only one other player, Bruce Kruger from Westville, also scored a brace. Other centurions were Greg Ford (St Charles), Gareth Sharpe and Nic Hendrie (both Maritzburg College), Jarryd Phillips (Kearsney) and Louis Taylor (Hilton).

The bowlers probably fared slightly better in that there were 13 occasions where a bowler captured five or more wickets against another top school. The star bowler was Nathan Roberts from Hilton who achieved this feat three times. His best performance was the six for 15 against Kearsney, which helped reduce them to a paltry 39 all out.

Kishen has been mentioned, as has Hulett, in taking five wickets. Those achieving six wickets were Roberts twice, K. Moolman (Northwood) together with Tim del la Hey and Grant Stone (both St Charles). Others to take five wickets in an innings were Roberts, David Snyman (Clifton), Shane Penn Sawyers (Kearsney), Dan Hulbert (Michaelhouse), Chris Genheimer (St Charles) and Campbell McAuley (Westville).

There were a large number of half- centuries and here players at times did not go on to the three figures. Perhaps it is as a result of playing too much 50- over cricket and not enabling school players to build an innings.

This also counts against the spin bowlers who need to bowl more than the 10 overs allowed in the limited-overs game. Only two of the named bowlers are slow bowlers.

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