Cricket: Likely school record set

2011-02-08 00:00

SURELY Saturday would have been a record where 30 cricket matches between age-group sides from two schools took place on one day. The occasion was the fixture between Maritzburg College and Glenwood.

In the open age group the first to sevenths were represented. There were a further six teams in the U16 and U15 age groups. The U14 went down to a K team representing 11 teams from each school. This is likely a South African record and because there is a great emphasis on school sport in this country, probably a world record.

Normally the fixtures are shared between the two schools, but as College have far more available grounds Glenwood only hosted seven of the 30 matches. Some of the venues that they normally use were booked for other activities.

The first to thirds and the A and B teams in each of the age groups played over the full day (50 overs per side) with the other 21 teams playing either in the morning or the afternoon in 30-over per side games.

The results of the games were not particularly important. It is only the first team that draws much interest. What was more important was that 660 boys from both the schools were involved in playing cricket with a number of others scoring the games on Saturday.

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