College’s cricket team beat visitors from Down Under

2014-01-21 00:00

MARITZBURG College’s cricket season is in full swing for the year and the boys have already played three games, winning two and one being rained out.

Two of the games were against touring Australian teams, Brisbane Grammar School and Anglican Church Grammar School — both from Brisbane — and the College boys won both games convincingly.

Their game against Kearsney College, though, was rained out.

In Sunday’s 50-over match against Anglican Grammar School, College notched up a massive 307/6 in their 50 overs against their Australian counterparts.

James Martin scored 84, while 14-year-old Brad Hope, whom College director of cricket Mike Smith described as being “special”, scored 67, adding to the 58 he made in the previous week against Brisbane Grammar School.

Denham Shepstone was the star with the ball for College as he took four wickets for just 11 runs. Sohail Mahmoud, who has played Khaya Majola Cricket Week for two years, and was part of the SA under-19 squad last year, took two wickets for 25 in his 10 overs.

In their encounter against their KZN rivals, College made a score of 211/9 in their 50 overs. Shaun Wormington top scored 56, Martin got 51, while Matt Dicks weighed in with 38. With Kearsney on 3/0, the heavens opened and the game had to be called off.

On Sunday last week, College entertained Brisbane Grammar School. The young Hope scored his first half century for the first team as they made 237/7 with Adam Wiffen scoring 35 and Mahmoud contributing with 32.

The College bowlers then produced a clinical bowling performance, dismissing their visitors from Down Under for just 180 runs. Mahmoud picked up three wickets for 42, while Shepstone took two for 32.

Smith told The Witness last week that he had high hopes for this young College side that only had three matrics in the team.

“It’s a very young team. Bradley Hope is 14 and in [Grade 9]. He’s quite special. He got his first 50 against Brisbane Grammar School, and he’s exciting. We also have two 15-year-olds opening the batting,” he said.

For the three games that they played, College played without the injured Lwandiswa Zuma, who was one of three players from the school to play in the Khaya Majola Cricket Week along with Mahmoud and Jean de Wet.

“Bryce Tullis is our captain for the year, and Zuma is the deputy captain.

“I’m quite excited about the year ahead. It’s a young side, but they have the experience,” said Smith.

Scores in brief

Maritzburg College vs Brisbane Grammar School

Maritzburg College 237/7 (Badley Hope 58, Adam Wiffen 35, Sohail Mahmoud 32)

Brisbane Grammar School 180 all out (Sohail Mahmoud 3/42, Denham Shepstone 2/32, David Small 1/25)

College won by 57 runs

Maritzburg College vs Kearsney College

Maritzburg College 211/9 (Shaun Wormington 56, James Martin 51, Matt Dicks 38)

Kearsney College 3/0 game called off due to rain

Maritzburg College vs Anglican Grammar School

Maritzburg College 307/6 (James Martin 84, Bradley Hope 67)

Anglican Grammar School 107 all out (Denham Shepstone 4/11, Sohail Mahmoud 2/25)

College won by 200 runs.

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