College unbeaten as season closes

2010-03-02 00:00

FOR most of the big schools, cricket season­ ended on Saturday, although it officially ends next week. Maritzburg College is the only top-tier school that is unbeaten as a result of a strong batting line-up and bowlers who keep a good line, supported by top-class fielding.

Glenwood vs Maritzburg College

It was the Savage factor again, as College­ achieved their second successive comprehensive win against a Durban school.

Last week they beat Durban High School by eight wickets after bowling them out for 88. On Saturday they bowled Glenwood out for just 43, winning­ the game by nine wickets.

Calvin Savage was unplayable on a wicket that gave assistance to the quick bowlers. College won the toss and had little hesitation in electing to bowl. Savage­ bowled eight overs, ending with four wickets for four runs, three of them bowled. Even more remarkable was that there was only one run off the bat as the others were from two no-balls and a wide.

Wade Lezar, at the other end, also picked up three wickets for 16 runs in his eight overs, as College bowled Glenwood out for 43 in the 25th over. These strange results do happen now and again, but it does emphasise the dominance of College in the province at present.

With a late start and rain interruptions, the game had been cut to 40 overs per side, but College needed just 12 overs to reach the target for the loss of just one wicket and go through the first term unbeaten. Tyler Lortan top-scored with 24 not out.


Durban High School vs Northwood-Grey College

DHS played Northwood on Tuesday afternoon-evening in a 40-over game. Batting first, DHS scored at more than five runs to the over to reach a very worthwhile 202 for three with Jared van Heerden making an undefeated 77. Other useful contributions were made by John Grewar (48) and Nathan Poole (32).

With Northwood under pressure, they lost wickets regularly to be all out for just 105. Amir Jeena and Jarryd Michaux took three wickets apiece to give DHS the 97-run win.

On Saturday Grey College visited DHS, but unfortunately the rain caused a late start and players were on and off the field a number of times. Just after 3 pm play was called off with DHS on 160 for three. Poole and Michaux were both unbeaten on 40 and 30 respectively, with Van Heerden also making a contribution­.


Weston vs Howick

Howick has gone through the first term unbeaten in their Saturday matches. Their last match was against home side Weston who showed better resolve in their batting, making 129 all out but wasting three overs of the 50 they could have faced.

Howick bowlers were wayward in the first 25 overs, guilty of bowling numerous wides. They tightened their line after tea. Stem Simela top-scored with 33 for Weston but it was Cody Mortimer with five wickets for just 12 runs who did most of the damage. Spinner Grant Bowles also captured three wickets.

Howick reached the target for the loss of two wickets in 21 overs with aggressive batting by both Brian Kunst (45 in 34 balls) and Gareth Gardner (51 in 31 deliveries).


Treverton vs Grantleigh

The fact that Grantleigh had reached the final eight in the Pro20 competition in the coastal area showed that they could not be underestimated. Treverton electing to take first knock made an imposing 260 for nine in the allotted 50 overs with opener Bradley McHardy making a rapid 54 and hard-hitting Dean Wickham weighing in with 80.

Facing the daunting target, Grantleigh wilted under the pressure to be all out for 139 with only Preneshen Padayachee making 37. Wickets were largely shared, with Jason Steyn the best with three.


St Charles vs Kearsney

This game was played at the Independent Schools’ Festival at St Albans in Pretoria. Kearsney put St Charles in to bat on an overcast morning and a wicket that would probably do something early on.

St Charles batted slowly and then realised­ that they needed to increase the rate but not at the expense of playing poor cricket shots. Wickets were lost and they were all out for just 89 in 26 overs. Robbie Veldhuizen captured three wickets with his spinners.

Kearsney reached the target in only 13 overs with both Chad Bowes (37) and Richard Pentecost undefeated. Pentecost scored his 29 in only 12 balls to give Kearsney a seven-wicket win.

Other matches at St Albans

St Charles also played St John’s in their first drawn game and then played Cornwall Hill in their last match which they won comfortably.

Kearsney also played in a drawn game against St Stithians and then won very easily against Kingswood in their last match where Declan Ahern captured four wickets for 16, including a hat trick where the wickets were bowled, LBW and bowled.

No results were received from Michaelhouse.


Glenwood 43 (Savage 4/4, Lezar 3/16); Maritzburg College 45-1. College won by nine wickets.

Durban High School 202-3 (Grewar 48, Poole 32, Van Heerden 77*); Northwood 105 (Jeena 3/14, Michaux 3/29.) DHS won by 97 runs.

DHS 160-3 (Van Heerden 31, Poole 40*, Michaux 30*);

Rain stopped play against Grey College.

Weston 129 (Simela 33, Mortimer 5/12, Bowles 3/23);

Howick 130-2 (Kunst 45, Gardner 51). Howick won by eight wickets.

Treverton 262-9 (McHardy 54, Wickham 80);

Grantleigh 139 (Padayachee 37, Steyn 3/21). Treverton won by 123 runs.

St Charles 89 (Veldhuizen 3/11);

Kearsney 93-3 (Bowes 37*, Pentecost 29*). Kearsney won by seven wickets.

Voortrekker 99; Kloof 100-4. Kloof won by six wickets.

St Charles 240-8 dec (G Ford 42, Vincent 48, M Ford 68, Cele 38*);

St Johns 130-8 (Stone 3/23). Match drawn.

St Charles 222-8 (G Ford 30, Sclanders 37, Dukes 68);

Cornwall Hill 95 (Tweddle 7/24). St Charles won by 127 runs.

Kearsney 217 (Airey 70, Bowes 67);

St Stithians 188-6. Match drawn.

Kingswood 89 (Ahern 4/16 inc hat trick);

Kearsney 90-4 (Bowes 41, Pentecost 29*). Kearsney won by six wickets.

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