Mad rush of schools cricket festivals

2010-01-09 00:00

THE Maritzburg College Festival ended on Wednesday and the Alexandra Festival ended yesterday, but school cricket festivals are beginning to blossom around the country before the new school year begins.

The first Outsurance Grey College Festival begins in Bloemfontein today, the Paul Roos Festival begins later next week and the KKS Independent Schools Festival, hosted this year by Hilton, starts next Wednesday.

There are no KZN schools involved in Stellenbosch at the Paul Roos Festival, but St Charles and DHS are playing in Bloemfontein. The festival at Hilton sees the hosts, Michaelhouse, Kearsney and St Charles against schools from outside the province.

St Charles will be playing St Stithians today and then Rondebosch and Grey College on the other two days. St Charles then rush back to play over the three days at Hilton where they meet St Johns (Harare), Churchie (Australia) and Bishops.

DHS will be playing Selborne today and then St Davids and Woodridge. Other schools at Grey are Affies, Paul Roos, Grey HS and KES. As St Davids played in the College Festival, comparative strengths of DHS, Westville, Clif­ton and College will emerge as they will all have played against the Johannesburg school.

After an absence of two years, the Schools Day/Night competition is set to be played, starting on Sunday, January 17 with a match between Maritzburg College and St Charles at the Maritzburg Oval.

This year the format will be the 20/20 game and this first match is to launch the competition. The match will follow the Dolphins, who play a Pro40 game against Western Province.

Results from the last day of the Alex Festival will be published on Monday.

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