Local cricket teams outplayed

2012-09-11 00:00

THE sixth annual St Davids Twenty/20 tournament, which was played at the end of last week, was not particularly successful for either Maritzburg College or Hilton College. Hilton won just one of their four games and College, who were slightly more successful, won two of the four matches.

Rain prevented any play on Thursday when College was due to play St Andrews from Grahams­town. On Friday morning, College beat St Albans by seven wickets with Gareth Orr top-scoring with 31. At the same time, Hilton lost by a massive 99 runs against Affies. During the afternoon games it was only Hilton that was involved and they lost against Rondebosch, but with a better performance.

On Saturday both Hilton and College lost both matches. College lost by 16 runs aginst Affies after they had reached 80 for two in chasing the Affies total of 119. In the last eight overs they lost eight wickets, adding just 39 runs. Hilton lost by 31 runs against Pretoria BHS where A. Cook made 55. In the afternoon, College lost by 10 runs against Pretoria and Hilton lost by eight wickets aginst St Albans.

Each side had one game on Sunday morning before travelling home. Hilton beat the KPT team, a composite XI, by five runs due to a good innings of 64 by Luke Maingard. College had a 37-run victory against Rondebosch where they were able to bowl them out for just 70 off the penultimate ball of the match. It was the bowling of Lwandizwa Zuma that demolished the middle order where he took five wickets (two bowled and two caught) for just five runs in his four overs. Daryn Dupavillon was also on fire, clean bowling two batsmen as he had done on the previous day when his pace was too hot to handle.

Both College and Hilton struggled with fairly young and inexperienced batsmen in the middle order and once the more experienced players were dismissed, the run rate fell, resulting in the loss of wickets and the match.

Affies ended the tournament as the only unbeaten team, although they tied with St Stithians.

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