College win their ninth Night Series trophy

2010-02-23 00:00

MARITZBURG College won their ninth Night Series trophy in the 16 years that this series has been played. This year, the generous R100 000 cheque that was presented to KwaZulu-Natal Inland president Younus Bhamjee by the Sunfoil National marketing manager Hilton Cairns, ensured that the series went off with a bang, weather permitting. They will hopefully continue their sponsorship for a number of years.

College beat the Presidents XI by a convincing 109 runs as the batsmen in the Presidents XI wilted under some disciplined College bowling. Earlier College had also come under pressure from opening bowlers Marcel Frenzel and Cody Mortimer, but a steady 77 from player of the series Tyler Lortan and a quick 66 in 49 balls by Nicholas Hendrie, ensured that they posted a useful 222 for five wickets.

Man of the match Andy Charters was successful with four wickets, helped by three from Andrew Hay, in bowling the Presidents XI out for 113.

Glenwood, who had won their pool, were unlucky to be knocked out by the spin of a coin (as the rules of the competition stipulated), when the semi- final­ between them and the Presidents XI was called off halfway through because of rain. Glenwood are arguably one of the top three school sides in the province and a final between College and Glenwood would likely have been close.

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