Hilton bowlers on point

2012-01-31 00:00

THE fifth match in the Sunfoil Schools’ Night League took place yesterday evening between Hilton and St Charles.

The toss was won by Hilton and they sensibly batted in the heat of the afternoon. When on 49 for four in the 12th over, it looked as if it could have been the wrong decision. One of the wickets to fall was Bantu Futshane for handling the ball, an unusual but legitimate way to get out.

Tom Curran and Alistair Rayner then added 92 for the fifth wicket in 116 balls. After 20 overs Hilton were 99 for four having just reached the rate of five to the over for the first time.

Rayner was unlucky to be run out when backing up. Curran had driven the ball straight down the pitch and bowler Matt Ford just got his fingertips to the ball. Curran was out for 69 scored off 104 balls.

Hilton did not really accelerate from then on as wickets fell periodically. A late flurry between Greg Morris and Sebastian Negri added 37 in 36 balls for the eighth wicket. Hilton reached 208 for nine in the allotted 40 overs. If the St Charles’ fielders had been more energetic, they arguably could have kept their target to well under 200. Warwick Dukes was the most successful bowler with two wickets for 32 runs.

Hilton bowlers were on top from the beginning as Curran, with two wickets and Negri with one, had St Charles 12 for three. St Charles were staring up a steep hill as they were 69 for five at the half-way stage, still needing 140 runs for victory.

St Charles were bowled out for 115 in the 30th over with Lungisa Ngidi, in his first game at this level, taking three wickets for four runs to polish off the tail. Earlier Matt Lauryssen had taken three wickets for 24 in eight overs. Ben Philpott top scored for St Charles with 32 off 62 balls.

This gave Hilton victory by 93 runs plus a bonus point

Score in brief:

Hilton 208 for 9 (Rayner 42, Curran 69)

St Charles 115 (Philpott 32, Lauryssen 3/24, Ngidi 3/4)

Hilton won by 93 runs

This afternoon Maritzburg College take on the Presidents XI.

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