Kearsney win all three of their games at KKS Hilton cricket festival

2010-01-19 00:00

THE KKS Hilton Festival at the end of last week went off well and with two days set aside for declaration games and another, the last, having 50-over matches, there were a large number of draws.

There is much debate about having declaration games on a day, but,rightly, it is felt that school matches should include both forms. The declaration game has no restrictions on bowlers and so a good spinner can get far more bowling and fields can be set to suit his deliveries, which is not always possible in the shortened form. It also allows the captain to be more innovative.

Kearsney were undoubtedly the top side at the festival, as they won all three games, but it was fortunate that the two declaration games were against the two weakest sides, the Australian Churchies and St Johns of Harare. They did beat Paarl Boy’s, however, who were probably the strongest visitors.

A number of Kearsney players have shown early form, particularly in the batting. Chad Bowes, who has been selected for the SA Under-18 squad, scored 150 and a half-century, and he will certainly be a prize wicket against whoever Kearsney plays. Mark Airey, Jason Lacon-Allin and Richard Pentecost also enjoyed a couple of good innings. Lacon-Allin, their captain, had success with his bowling, as did Brynne Campbell and Declan Ahern.

St Charles had three draws, but were very close to winning against St Johns in their first game. They ended five runs short of reaching the target. In their last match against Bishops, rain in mid-afternoon put an end to what could have been another win. Chasing 184, Bishops were 124 for five and needed a further 61 runs in 10 overs. As the rate expected had never been reached, it was unlikely Bishops would have succeeded.

Dex Hobbs and Paul Vincent were the two batsmen who were most successful at Hilton, together with Grant Stone who was 83 not out against Churchie.

Michaelhouse won their final game against St Johns after two earlier draws. Michael Good, with 70 against Bishops, was the top scorer, with Andrew Stephens having the best bowling figures of five for 42 against Paarl.

Hilton drew two games and lost against Paarl Boys. Three batsmen scored half-centuries — Jason Shield, Jason Matthews and Kevin Davies — but it was the Hilton bowling that did not seem to be penetrative enough, and this could be a cause for concern this term.

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