Bad weather spoils play

2012-11-20 00:00

THE schoolboys due to play last Saturday would have been looking forward to the last match of the year. To many, the last match for their school. Alas rain again spoilt all the expectations.

Westville has not played one Saturday fixture this term. When the sun shone once and other schools were playing, Westville had a bye.

Two coaches on Saturday, those from Glenwood and Northwood, were determined to get a game played and their resilience paid off. Despite on-and-off the field and miserable conditions the game was completed. Often when conditions do not look promising, games are called off when sides have to travel. This does happen at times and the weather clears sufficiently for a game. When it is two teams in the same town, then it is possible to get games in, even when the weather is very threatening, as happened at Glenwood on Saturday.

Glenwood vs Northwood

The spin of the coin was important, as the pitch had not had the normal preparation as conditions during the week did not allow it. The home side asked Northwood to take first knock.

They were never able to build any meaningful partnerships as wickets fell. Glenwood rotated their bowlers, another factor that prevented batsmen from settling down. Northwood was all out for 130 in the 41st over of the match which had been reduced to 45 overs. Cameron Flowers and Andile Phehlukwayo with their pace and spinner Richard Wissing were the wicket takers, with three wickets apiece.

Glenwood was fortunate to get off to a solid start adding 60 runs for the first wicket by Wesley McLean and Gareth Wissing. Northwood never stopped trying and once they had broken through they claimed another three wickets to have Glenwood at just under 100 for four. Wissing added to his bowling effort by taking his side to a six-wicket win and ending undefeated on 35 in the 27th over. Wesley McLean had made a very valuable 42.

Players on both sides must be commended for playing in conditions that were probably the worst for the fielders, but they stuck it out to finish a game and the cricket year for most of the players.

Northwood 130 (Flowers 3/22, Phehlukwayo 3/29, R Wissing 3/18)

Glenwood 131-4 (McLean 42, R Wissing 35*)

Glenwood won by 6 wkts

There was one T20 played in the CSA T20 competition. It was a replay of the rained off game between Maritzburg College and Howick. Hilton has still not been notified who they must play from the Northern KZN. It is unlikely that this match will take place this year, but it must be played before January 27 when the semi-finals of the Inland region have to be played.

Howick vs Maritzburg College

College played their first ever match at this level at Howick and they were determined to put up a better showing than in the previous game. Lwandizwa Zuma ensured Howick did not get away as they had in the first game as he was miserly with the ball. He ended with just eight runs off his four overs, two at the beginning and two at the end, but went wicketless. In the previous game College captured just three Howick wickets in their 20 overs. This time Howick was restricted to 81 for six. Kurtlyn Mannikum was the most successful bowler taking two wickets for just three runs in two overs.

College again started badly losing two wickets in the first two overs to be six for two. Tyron Walsh and Karl Hillermann steadied the ship and eventually took College to an eight-wicket win. They added 79 runs to the target reached in the 12th over. Hillermann was on 38 and Walsh on 37 as they took College to the semi-final stage of the CSA competition.

Howick 81/6

M College 85-2 (Hillermann 38*, Walsh 37*)

College won by 8 wkts

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