First matches in CSA T20 series

2013-10-22 00:00

THE rain on Friday and Saturday prevented any school cricket being played, but during the previous week there were some T20 matches that took place. These were in the first round of the CSA T20 Schools competition that will culminate in the winning school in each of the six franchises competing for champion school in March 2014.

In the Inland region only the smaller schools participate in the earlier rounds, with the four seeded schools, Maritzburg College, Hilton, Michaelhouse and St Charles, playing in quarter-finals at the end of the school year. The cricketers must be in Grade 11 or below as the competition is completed next year. In the Coastal region all schools are involved in the earlier rounds.

Early next year the finalists in each region will play one another for the right to represent the Dolphins in the finals. In 2013 it was Westville that played in the final, following Maritzburg College, who had done so in the three previous years since the inception of the competition.

There have been some of these games that have taken place and results from three matches were received. In the Coastal zone, Glenwood’s first game was against Clifton and the Glenwood batting started well with Mickey Hay (30*) eventually getting them to a competitive 162/5. Clifton could only manage 120/4 in reply.

DHS had little trouble against George Campbell. No details were supplied, but DHS reached 200/2 and it was unlikely that Campbell would score at 10 runs an over. They were all out for just 76.

The only report from Inland was a win for Wartburg against Wembley College. Stuart Tarr, with three of the seven wickets to fall, restricted Wembley to 100/7. Wartburg reached the target with five wickets in hand and the top batting was by Mitchell Pantz who made 39.

Maritzburg College were invited to play a match against the Jonathan Oppenheimer’s XI at Randjiesfontein in Johannesburg on Sunday last week. The Oppenheimer side had two College Old boys — Jon Buxton-Forman and Welcome Plessie — with two Hilton Old boys, Doug Gain and Derek Crookes, in the XI.

College were bowled out for just 67 after electing to bat on the immaculate Randjiesfontein ground. Only Kurtlyn Mannikam, who scored 38 in 33 balls, was at the crease for any length of time. Six batsmen did not score as they were bowled out in the 20th over.

At lunch, with the Oppen­heimer XI on 25/5, one would have thought that there was something badly wrong with the pitch. However, this was not so and some good bowling by the two College openers, Lwandisa Zuma and Gareth Jeary, had restricted them.

Score in brief: M College 67 (Mannikam 38, B Wise 3/20, S Hockly 3/26), C Verster 3/14)

Oppenheimer XI: 68-6 (Zuma 4/20)

Oppenheimers won by 4 wkts

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