Cricket: hopefully the rain stays away

2013-01-26 00:00

AFTER a steamy week, the forecast for today will be cooler, but likely wet, and so schoolboys may again have to sit and watch rain falling rather than playing the scheduled games. With far more schools fixtured for the second Saturday of the term, some will hopefully be able to get some cricket played.

The spat between the management of two of KZN’s top cricketing schools, Westville and Glenwood, has cancelled all matches that would have taken place between them today. The losers are the boys themselves. Westville will play no competitive cricket today, whereas Glenwood have travelled to Johannesburg, where the first team took part in a T20 game against Parktown yesterday. Other A teams play against St Davids today.

Hilton and Maritzburg College played one another in a Sunfoil day-night league match on Tuesday this week, where Hilton had a comprehensive win. This will give them plenty of confidence against College on Goldstones today. It is unlikely that College will again field as badly as they did on Tuesday, and if they had taken the chances offered, the game could have been closer. College has a young side and if the few senior players do not perform, then they will struggle.

Kearsney will host Michaelhouse in what should be a closely fought encounter, although Kearsney will have lost some confidence after losing against DHS in the Coastals T20 semi-final, played earlier in the week. Michaelhouse have a good balance in their side and they will be pleased after their showing on Thursday against the Presidents XI in the Sunfoil Series.

St Charles travel to Durban North to play against Northwood. The home side has not yet played a competitive match, whereas St Charles has played five matches, where they lost the first two against strong Grey HS and Rondebosch sides, and won the next three, which included the demolition of the Presidents side in the Sunfoil league on Wednesday. This makes them the favourites today.

DHS has a home game against Clifton, the latter will also be having their first outing. DHS played three games in Port Elizabeth, where they drew two and narrowly lost against hosts Grey HS. Sibonela Makhanye has been in good form with the bat, having scored well in all three games and then being the mainstay in the batting against Kearsney in the T20 match.

The two Inland semi-finals take place on Sunday morning. At Michaelhouse they will be hosting Hilton and at College they will be playing St Charles.

Selected fixtures: Maritzburg College vs Hilton, Kearsney vs Michaelhouse, Northwood vs St Charles, DHS vs Clifton, Howick vs Maritzburg College III, Suidnatal vs DHS II, Hillcrest vs George Campbell, Kloof vs St Henrys, Treverton vs Voortrekker, Wartburg vs Weston, and Thomas Moore vs Crawford LL.

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