Clifton to face off a smarting Westville

2012-01-21 00:00

TODAY is the first Saturday where all the major cricketing schools will be playing and although a number of teams have already been in action, the results from today will be interesting.

Four of the top five matches take place in the Durban area, with just one in the capital at St Charles. Hilton, which has already played four matches, is the visitor.

St Charles has played three games and early indications are that it should turn out to be a very competitive game.

At the Grey College Festival St Charles beat Woodridge, lost against St Stithians and rain prevented a possible victory against Rondebosch. Hilton has beaten Churchies from Australia, St Johns from Zimbabwe and drew against Bishops and Peterhouse from Zimbabwe.

St Charles will certainly be strengthened if Matt Ford, both as captain and as an all-rounder, is over his ankle injury. For Hilton, Tom Curran as an all-rounder and spinner Brian Pfaff will be two players who could swing the result.

Dixon’s field at Glenwood is another venue where there should be a titanic struggle. Maritzburg College, top schools in the province last year and Glenwood rated third, have both lost a number of senior players. College has played two matches and although they lost badly against St Davids, they beat Westville last week. The latter has nine players back from 2011 and is expected to again be one of the top sides in the province.

Glenwood have their first outing, but with home ground advantage will still be very determined.

Kearsney will host Michaelhouse with both schools having played at the Independent Schools Festival at Kearsney last week. Kearsney lost their first game but won the other two, whereas Michaelhouse lost two games and beat St Johns from Harari. The losses were against Bishops and St Davids. In an earlier game against Churchies, Michaelhouse lost narrowly. Kearsney lost against Bishops before the festival began.

Kearsney’s Ryan Wallace has already scored two tons and they will have SA School’s player Craig Kirsten back which must make them favourites.

Northwood travel across Durban to the Berea to play against DHS. Neither team has yet played, but DHS had a number of players in the Coastal under 17 team at the end of last year, which will probably form their core.

Westville will be smarting after losing last week and they will make it difficult for Clifton, their hosts today.

Selected fixtures (home sides first): St Charles v Hilton, Glenwood v Maritzburg

College, Kearsney v Michaelhouse, DHS v Northwood, Clifton v Westville, Weston v

Howick, Voortrekker v Treverton, Alexandra v Carter, Thomas More vs Westville II

Venues unknown: Kloof v Hillcrest, Pinetown v Werda, Wartburg v MCS, St Henry’s v

Kingsway, George Campbell v New Forest

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