Independent schools likely to chase high scores

2011-11-19 00:00

ON the final Saturday of the school’s cricket calendar there are just five matches taking place.

It will be a fitting finale for the two Midlands independent schools playing one another.

The other major game is in the Durban area where Westville host Glenwood.

Both Hilton and Michaelhouse have lost more games than they have won this season, but Hilton have had a slightly better season than their traditional rivals.

At the end of the first term it was the Balgowan boys who won the fixture, although Hilton, having beaten them in a day/night fixture, were the favourites.

If Hilton do win, they will have won as many games as they have lost this term, but the visitors will rise to the occasion and a win will make their season just a little better. This will give them two wins against the earlier win by Hilton.

If the pitch plays as well as it did last weekend and rain or bad light does not spoil the day, it could be a high-scoring match.

On paper the game should be won by the home side, who have been more consistent in their batting.

Westville have been unbeaten this term and they will be keen to win their last match.

Glenwood, however, have been the on-form side this season, notably at Michaelmas week, where they did not lose. Westville lost against Pretoria BHS, a game which Glenwood won.

These two teams probably have the best spinning options in the province. Much will depend on the batsmen, and the side that can put together the solid partnerships will likely come out on top.

Kearsney have had a term they will want to forget, but they should finish on a winning note against visitors Pinetown.

The latter are arguably the strongest of the second-tier schools in the Durban area and while they will give of their best, they do not have the armoury to beat a top-tier school.

Kearsney’s second team will play Thomas More. This game should be more evenly contested.

Howick will be hosting Weston in the only other game. During the first term, Howick scraped to a win against Weston.

Howick will be mortified at losing narrowly against Wartburg earlier in the week in a T20 game and this will give them the added incentive of wanting to win their final match of the year.

As they have played more winning cricket than Weston this season, they should finish victorious.

On Monday the finals in the Sunfoil schools challenges take place at the Maritzburg Oval.

The primary school final will be between St Charles Prep and Pelham starting at 3 pm.

At 6 pm the high school final will be a repeat of today’s match between Howick and Weston, but in the T20 format.

Fixtures (home side first): Hilton v Michaelhouse; Westville v Glenwood; Kearsney v Pinetown; Kearsney II v Thomas More; Howick v Weston.

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