College beat Westville by 4 wickets in weekend clash

2015-03-10 00:00

THERE were some entertaining schoolboy cricket clashes at the weekend as the lads rounded off the season to focus on the oval ball in the coming months.

Traditional rivals Hilton and Michaelhouse couldn’t get a result on a decent batting strip at Balgowan; St Charles found Clifton College’s total just beyond reach; College got the better of Westville at Goldstones and in Durban, Northwood took the spoils against neighbours DHS.

College v Westville

In muggy, overcast conditions, College skipper Bryce Tullis asked Westville to bat first. Although there was no early breakthrough, David Small and Jean de Wet had the visiting batsmen playing and missing as they delivered a good line and length.

After 15 overs, Westville were 48-2, then the spinners came to the party. ­Dylan Shepstone and newcomer Wiets Botes made full use of any assistance offered by the track, bowling 20 overs between and returning 5-46, Shepstone getting two and Botes three victims.

This gave College the momentum they needed and they never let go, having Westville on 115-6 after 40 overs. Some sensible batting low down saw Westville through to 165-9, the score backed up by a superb fielding display from College that saved at least 30 to 35 runs.

Tullis and Matthew Dicks enjoyed some loose bowling and free hits early on, but after Dicks went for seven, Jiveshan Pillay added 25 with Tullis to get the chase on track. The in-form De Wet failed for once and College were 64-3 after 16 overs. Jody Saayman joined Tullis and the pair cut the deficit with safe, cultured cricket, the run rate never an issue.

Tullis fell one short of a deserved 50 and when Luke Bowman fell, caught at mid-wicket, the match was still in the balance, College at 118-5.

Lyle Getkate came in and played some big shots to help the cause while Saayman was the anchor. Getkate (23) fell with the winning post in sight, leaving Small and Saayman to knock off the 14 runs needed with six overs to spare.

Westville 165-9 (Vermaak 33; Botes 3-18, Shepstone 2-28, Small 2-29)

1st College 166-6 (Tullis 49, Saayman 42*, Getkate 23)

College won by 4 wickets.

St Charles v Clifton College

Played at St Charles, the visitors called correctly and opted to take guard on what looked a decent batting strip. It looked the right decision as Clifton were steady in reaching 100-1 in the 29th over.

With the quick bowlers struggling to make inroads, the introduction of spin did the trick, bringing the run rate down and strangling the batsmen, which produced the desired wickets.

Michael Darroch (4-72) and Mohammed Jasat (4-33) turned Clifton’s innings upside down, preventing them from reaching 200 as they were bowled out for 184. Darroch bowled 22 overs and Jasat 14 as they gave their batsmen an attainable target. For Clifton, the runs came from Aaron Paul (57) and Joshua Lavery (33*).

Unfortunately, the home batsmen couldn’t emulate the spin twins, struggling to establish any partnership of purpose. Apart from Michael Slanders who made 35, there was nothing forthcoming from the remaining batsmen as St Charles were skittled for 119, giving Clifton a 65-run win. For the visitors, damage was done by Chad Scott with 4-27.

Clifton College 184 (Paul 57, Lavery 33*; Darroch 4-72, Jasat 4-33)

St Charles 119 (Slanders 35; Scott 4-27)

Clifton won by 65 runs.

Michaelhouse v Hilton

Ethan Bosch’s undefeated 102 was the highlight of this drawn match at ­Michaelhouse as both sides made good use of a batsmen’s wicket.

Returning to full strength after last week’s night league match against Maritzburg College, Hilton won the toss and never thought twice about having a bat.

Bosch, batting at five and Matthew Dahl (41) in at seven, ensured Hilton’s middle-order kept the scorers busy, enabling skipper Gavin Morris to declare at 256/6, the wickets shared among the home side’s bowlers.

In reply, Michaelhouse made a good fight of it, their final tally of 192-7 build on a solid partnership between David Geard (59) and Gareth Mackaskill (65), two players who have been stalwarts for the side this season. As time moved on and the clouds closed in, Michaelhouse lost wickets late in their innings due to poor shot selection but a draw in an entertaining fixture where cricket was the winner, was a fair result. As with Michaelhouse, wickets were shared with no bowler dominating.

This Friday, Hilton play their final match of the term, meeting Maritzburg College in the final of the schools’ night series at Pietermaritzburg Oval.

Hilton 256-6 (Bosch 102*, Dahl 41)

MHS 192-7 (Mackaskill 65, Geard 59)

Match drawn.

Northwood v DHS

Winning the toss on home soil, Northwood skipper Tyler Smith chose to bat and saw his team off to the worst possible start, debutant Brent Phillips run out without facing a ball.

Gavin Williams and Blayde Capell got matters back on course, taking Northwood to tea on 86-1. Soon after, Capell departed for 48.

Williams (34) and Juniad Syed (36) were the only other batsmen to show some resistance as Northwood were bowled out for 156 in the 59th over. Dylan Bryan was DHS’s best bowler with 3-54.

Facing three overs before tea, DHS’s openers dealt with a fiery opening spell, losing a wicket and heading for the break at 3-1. Later, debutant leg spinner ­Paritosh Joshi (4-11) and Weston Roelfse (3-33) took a grip on the match and restricted DHS to 105 all out, giving Northwood a 51-run win.

Northwood 156 (Capell 48, Syed 36, Williams 34; Bryan 3-54)

DHS 105 (Coskey 31; Joshi 4-11, Roelofse 3-33)

Northwood won by 51 runs.

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