College put on sterling effort

2011-02-15 00:00

THERE were a number of good all- round performances this weekend with two players being singled out. Prenelan Subrayen made a ton for Glenwood and then took four wickets against Howick. Senuran Muthusamy did the same for Clifton against Crawford La Lucia.

Despite the fact that they were both playing against schools from the second tier they are still noteworthy performances.

Two contrasting draws and wins for the two Maritzburg boys-only schools were the results from the main games.


Michaelhouse vs Maritzburg College

The home side asked College to take first knock on a wicket that was underprepared. Batting was difficult with the ball seaming around on the grassy pitch. Wickets fell regularly as partnerships failed to materialise. Kewan Harries worked hard, making 34 in 111 balls to take College to 167 for nine in the 50 overs.

Seamer David Brill and spinner Greg Oldfield captured six wickets between them. The College total was boosted by 36 extras given to them by their hosts.

Michaelhouse lost two wickets in the first two overs and other than a 41-run partnership for the third wicket by Cameron Macaskill and Oldfield, the best of the match, the batsmen struggled. At tea Michaelhouse was in position to press for a win with the total­ on 89-4, but Tim Guise-Brown captured Oldfield’s wicket for 45 just after tea.

Calvin Savage then took three wickets reducing the hosts to 115-9. Daryn Dupavilon captured his second wicket to have Michaelhouse all out in the 35th over for 117.

The bowlers were on top for the duration­ of the game which was spoilt as a spectacle by the pitch condition.

M College 167-9 (Harries 34, Brill 3/21, Oldfield 3/36); Michaelhouse 117 (Oldfield 45, Savage 3/24). College won by 50 runs.


Northwood vs St Charles

Some disciplined bowling and fielding kept Northwood batsmen under pressure after they had elected to bat. An obdurate innings of 40 by Kalipha Cele and 33 by Jason Wessels held Northwood together, but three run- outs did not help them and they were bowled out for 164. Keagan Davids was again the best of the bowlers with three wickets and wrist-spinner Gareth­ Rall captured two, in a tidy spell of 10 overs which went for 30 runs.

St Charles lost an early wicket, but Ryan Sclanders and Robin Mitchell added 76 for the second wicket. As the wicket had started to crumble St Charles lost four wickets and it was an undefeated 25 by Rall that took them to a win with five overs to spare.

Northwood 164 (Cele 40, Wessels 33, Davids 3/27; St Charles 165-6 (Sclanders 40, Mitchell 49, Rall 25*). St Charles won by four wickets.


Hilton vs Kearsney

Kearsney made a mistake by sending home side Hilton in to bat in the declaration match. They thus received 65 overs in the 110-overs game and were all out with the last ball for 256. Three batsmen, Tintswayo Mukhansi, Matthew Delport and Oliver­ Allen had all got starts, but none went on to a big score.

This meant that Kearsney was only going to get 45 overs in reply. They started cautiously, but after a solid first-wicket stand between Ryan Wallace­ and Mark Airey they decided to go for a win. After the 45 overs they were just eight runs short after James Lambert had made an undefeated 46 in 38 balls.

Both teams were going for a win and if time had been used, as there was still 15 minutes remaining, Kearsney would likely have won. It did make for an exciting finish.

There does appear to be some confusion between umpires and coaches as to the exact rules in this type of de-claration game. As Hilton bowled two spinners for a large portion of the time, 30 of the 45, the overs were bowled with 15 minutes of time remaining before the normal cut-off at 5.30 pm.

Hilton 256 (Mukhansi 40, Allen 41, Delport 40, Airey 3/76); Kearsney 248-5 (Airey 54, Wallace 55, Lambert 46*, Pfaff 3/45). Match drawn.


Durban high School vs Westville

In contrast, the match in Durban ended in a dull draw, despite the target being lower than the Hilton game and certainly achievable in the 50 overs that DHS received. However, the loss of wickets after a reasonable start caused the home side to try to prevent being bowled out and they shut up shop after 27 overs.

Westville made 194 for six declared in 60 overs with Kyle Simmonds top-scoring with 54 not out. DHS were going well on 75 for one after 25 overs and then they faltered.

The next 25 overs resulted in just 28 runs with five wickets falling to the spinning duo of Simmonds and Luke Schlemmer. Thus the game ended in a dull draw.

Westville 194-6 dec (Zondo 29, Simmonds 54*, van Heerden 26*); DHS 103-6 (Grewar 30, van Heerden 40, Simmonds 4/24). Match drawn. Glenwood vs Howick

The visitors are one of the top second-tier schools, but it was their bowling that gave the Glenwood batsmen too much freedom and they reached 296 for five in the 50 overs with Subrayen making 102. Mishkal Ramsaroop and Javier Frost both scored in the 80s.

Howick reached a creditable 156 with Kyle Page and Cody Mortimer top-scoring for their side. However, the batsmen fell to the wiles of Subrayen who captured four wickets.

Glenwood 296-5 (Subrayen 102, Ramsaroop 85, Frost 87); Howick 156 (Page 50, Mortimer 32, Subrayen 4/21). Glenwood won by 140 runs.


Weston vs Wartburg

When Weston reached 198 for nine in their 50 overs they would have felt reasonably comfortable of winning the game. Wartburg, however, capitulated­ to be all out for a disastrous 45.

Grant Swanepoel was another with a good all-round effort, making 56 and taking four wickets.

Weston 198-9 (Swanepoel 56, Lacon-Allin 3/40); Wartburg 45 (Swanepoel 4/24, Rembold 4/19). Weston­ won by 153 runs.


Clifton 289-5 (Muthusamy 101*, Compton 85, Tamboer 59); Crawford LL 68 (Muthusamy 4/8). Clifton won by 221 runs.

Voortrekker 96 (Pienaar 3/40); Carter 100-1 (Woodley 36*, Thunissen 28*). Carter won by nine wickets.

Hillcrest 209 (Pole 31, Watson 57, Govender 4/33, Sreenath 4/37); Durban & Districts 200 (Naidoo 52, Govender 74, Fortman 4/53). Hillcrest won by nine runs.

Pinetown 42 (Taylor 5/14); Glenwood II 45-3. Glenwood II won by seven­ wickets.

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