College win by one wicket in a game that kept spectators on the edge of their seats

2013-10-08 00:00

CRICKET was the winner in this game between the two top Pietermaritzburg sides. While the game has been scheduled in the past three years, this is the first time it has been played due to weather cancellations. College won by one wicket, but it was the ebb and flow of the College innings that kept spectators on the edge of their seats, until two balls from the end of the game.

College were chasing a target of 222 and at various stages it appeared as if they would win. But the loss of vital wickets then put St Charles back into the driving sea.

St Charles opted to take first knock and posted a useful 221 for five in the allotted 50 overs. Mark Ortmann (81) and Zach Koutsouris (30) put 73 runs on the board for the first wicket, followed by Mark and Ben Philpott (31) adding 78 for the second wicket.

College would have been reasonably confident, requiring just over four an over. However, a wicket in the second over and another two within the first 15 overs had the home side on 47 for three. Piero Zanone was involved in two partnerships, with Shaun Wormington and Kurtlyn Mannikam, and just when each was looking dangerous, a wicket would fall. When Piero was out for 70 in 76 balls, College still required 55 runs, with 66 balls and three wickets in hand, and St Charles were back on top.

Two young College players, Bryce Tullis and Juan de Wet, ignored the pressure and got College back into favour. Bryce departed in the 44th over for 25, with College still requiring 30 runs in six overs. Although they lost the ninth wicket at the beginning of the 48th over, last man Gareth Jeary faced 11 balls and together with Juan (27) got College home with two balls to spare.

St Charles 221-5 (Ortmann 81, Koutsouris 30, Philpott 31).

Maritzburg College 222-9 (Walsh 28, Zanone 70, Tullis 25, De Wet 27, Luttig 3/42).

Maritzburg College won by one wicket.

Michaelhouse vs Glenwood

Michaelhouse, one of the form KwaZulu-Natal sides at present, opted to take first knock and they posted 215 for seven, thanks in the main to a 100 run second wicket partnership between Dale Buckley (54) and Brandon Tattam (61).

Although Glenwood had a solid start, they were always behind in the required rate. When they attempted to increase it, wickets would fall. Cameron Flowers and Jordan Kisten were the top scorers, but solid bowling from Nick Glassock, Cameron Oldfield, Luke Stevens and Beckley, all who captured two wickets, had their opponents out for 181 with two balls remaining.

Michaelhouse 215-7 (Buckley 54, Tattam 61, Marshall 30, Nhlebela 4/21).

Glenwood 181 (Flowers 32, Kisten 28).

Michaelhouse won by 34 runs.

Hilton vs DHS

A slow start, accompanied by the loss of four wickets, did not help the Durban High School (DHS) cause, as they lost four wickets in the first 25 overs, but scored only 74 runs. Although the bowling was steady, it was poor shot selection that caused the wickets to fall.

After tea, the batsmen came out with more intent and DHS reached 179 with three balls remaining of their 50 overs. There were some lusty blows, good catches, as well as dropped chances. Most successful of the Hilton bowlers was Dan Roy with four wickets. Wade Canham top-scored with 44.

Hilton’s batting disappointed as they could not build partnerships and gave their wickets away. With a top score of 23, it was unlikely that the moderate target would be reached. The wickets were shared, with Wade having the best figures of two for 10.

DHS 179 (Canham 44, Kotze 28, Roy 4/41). Hilton 155.

DHS won by 24 runs.

Kearsney vs Clifton

Kearsney recovered from losing two early wickets to post a mammoth 305 for three as the Clifton bowlers toiled. Ryan Wallace and Tristan Tedder added 241 for the third wicket, with Tristan particularly harsh on anything loose. He ended on 132 scored in just 113 balls and Ryan was undefeated on a more sedate 102.

Josh Niemand scored a half century for Clifton, but wickets fell at vital stages.

Kearsney 305-3 (T Tedder 132, Wallace 102).

Clifton 185 (Niemand 57, J Tedder 6/44).

Kearsney won by 120 runs.

Kloof vs Howick

Howick found conditions to their liking and they were not troubled by the Kloof bowlers as they reached 304 for six in their allotted five overs. Siya Buthelezi scored a good ton and Michael Adams 61. Josh Foster also had a good day with a half century and two wickets. Brendan Stead captured three wickets as Kloof were bowled out for 134

Howick 304-6 (Buthelezi 104, M. Adams 61, Foster 50).

Kloof 134 (Stead 3/20).

Howick won by 170 runs.

Other scores

Northwood 100 (L. Schlemmer 3/15).

Westville 104-2 (B. Kerr 37, N. Pentz 48).

Westville won by eight wickets.

New Forest 142 (George 3/27.)

Hillcrest 147-5 (George 56*, Clarke 36).

Hillcrest won by five wickets.

Weston 262 (Dolan 40, Allan 40, Klages 40, Viljoen 36, Christie 6/44.)

M College III 181 (Brown 71, Christie 33, Bauer 3/26, Duncan-Anderson 3/34.)

Weston won by 81 runs.

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