College to face improving DHS

2010-02-20 00:00

IT will be a relatively quiet cricket weekend with the large Independent Schools on half-term. This normally coincides with the Independent Schools Cricket Festival hosted by St Albans, but this year the Festival is over next weekend. With Hilton, Kearsney, Michaelhouse and St Charles not playing, there are just two matches involving top-level schools.

Maritzburg College will host long-standing rivals, Durban High School, on Goldstones. College is unbeaten at this stage, winning all nine matches played. DHS have also played nine games, winning two, losing two and drawing the others. DHS has been involved in more declaration cricket, but their results indicate an improvement, particularly in the batting, as the season has progressed.

DHS drew against both Michaelhouse and St Charles and in both matches DHS was the dominant side. College has beaten both Michaelhouse and St Charles twice this year, but it would be foolish for College to assume that they will have an easy game.

The other match is between Northwood and Westville, and here visitors Westville will be favourites. The only side they have both played is Glenwood.

Northwood could only manage 80 last week against Glenwood, who then won the game by 146 runs. Westville also lost against Glenwood, but it was a closer game as they lost by four wickets.

The Northwood batting has led to their demise in most games against other level one schools, so the concentration by the batsmen must be the main focus if they are to be a threat.

Amongst the smaller schools there are two matches in particular that will be interesting.

Thomas More play Clifton, the latter a side that is not yet at the top level, but they do play some of the better schools.

Thomas More will see this as a good challenge and if they can be competitive, or better still, win the game, then it will be a big boost for their confidences. Clifton do have more experience and it is unlikely that they will lose.

The other is between unbeaten Howick and Carter. This will be their second match this term, as they played one another during the Alex Festival, where Howick beat Carter by 40 runs.

The main advantage Howick has is the strong core of players who have done well in the season. This is lacking in the Carter team, although they do have some good players, but they have not been as consistent.


Selected fixtures (home side first): Maritzburg College vs DHS; Northwood vs Westville; Thomas More vs Clifton; Howick vs Carter; Hiilcrest vs Gelofte; George Campbell vs Durban & Districts; Pinetown vs Voortrekker; Kloof vs Kingsway

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