Close clashes expected as weather settles

2012-11-03 00:00

HAS the weather finally settled? Many hope so and most venues for games today should be able to get some cricket played as the conditions during the week have allowed more preparation of pitches and those with covers should get underway this morning.

The two major matches in the Midlands and the two in the Durban area are sure to draw plenty of interest, especially as some of these teams have not played this term. Three schools, DHS, Maritzburg College and Clifton play their last matches of the year so they will be particularly keen to get the games underway.

Most interest in the capital will be on the match at St Charles where they host Maritzburg College. St Charles has had one game since Michaelmas Week where they lost against Glenwood. The four matches during Michaelmas Week did not go well as they lost all four games. Their confidence is probably quite low and unless they get a good start could again suffer.

College won the first match at Michaelmas Week, but lost the next three. Since then they have only played a T20 match against the Habajan Academy XI from India, which was won very comfortably by College. Their main strength is in the bowling attack and having beaten St Charles in a low scoring game during the Sunfoil day/night league, they are likely to be more confident today.

Up the hill at Hilton, they will be hosting Glenwood and here the home side will be playing their first school game since Michaelmas Week. They did have a match against an Oppenheimer XI just before the beginning of the term. Glenwood has had three T20 games and earlier the win against St Charles. This could be an advantage, but the Hilton batting potential does look to be the more solid. It is going to be a tight game, where the toss on the Hart-Davis Oval could prove crucial.

Kearsney, who managed to get in a game last Saturday, will host Michaelhouse in what could be competitive clash. During the first term Kearsney was the winner in Balgowan. Michaelhouse has not played a match since their tour of Zimbabwe last holiday.

The home side has played a T20 game and then beat Northwood last Saturday. The win in the first term, a better balanced side and the match last week will all be to the advantage of Kearsney.

DHS, who will be playing their last match, travel across Durban to play Northwood. DHS has also lacked any cricket this term, whereas Northwood has had an easy win against George Campbell and Kloof in T20 games and their loss last Saturday. It will be difficult for the home side who lost badly in the first game of the year against DHS. The latter is one of the better sides in the province this year.

Clifton play their last match when they host Kloof. It should be a win for Clifton, by a team which has given Clifton a very good season, having beaten schools such as Hilton and St Stithians.

Other selected fixtures: Howick v Wartburg, Pinetown v Amanzimtoti, Crawford LL v Hillcrest, George Campbell v Kingsway, Voortekker v Treverton, Thomas Moore v Clifton II, Weston v

Maritzburg College III

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