Maritzburg College triumph over St Charles to head their league pool

2010-02-12 00:00

THE SUPPORTERS of Maritzburg College and St Charles created a festive atmosphere at the Maritzburg Oval for the last of the matches in Pool A in the Sunfoil Schools Night League.

It was College that elected to bat on the warm afternoon, and it required a good partnership to get them out of some early trouble. Tyler Lortan and Nicholas Hendrie (61) added 119 for the third wicket.

However, St Charles was guilty of dropped catches and poor ground fielding.

College reached 201 for six after their 40 overs, with Lortan on an undefeated 97.

When St Charles batted, they started slowly against some hostile bowling by Calvin Savage and Wade Lezar — with the latter bowling his eight overs on the trot, for a miserly 11 runs and three wickets — which probably cost them in the long run.

Paul Vincent and Mzamo Cele did put St Charles in with a chance, particularly as they scored 35 runs in the first power play, but once they were both out in the fourth over, College immediately assumed the ascendancy, which they held to the end of the match.

The bowling of Andy Charters was an important aspect of College’s win, as he took the wickets of Vincent, with a very good catch by Savage in the deep, and Cele in the same over, after taking some punishment in his first two overs of the power play.

He then captured two more wickets to finish with four for 35 in 5.4 overs.

The win by College sees them heading Pool A with 7,5 points. Their position is the result of two wins, against the Presidents XI and St Charles, with one match against Westville not played.

St Charles ended bottom of the pool, after two losses, against College and the Presidents XI. The latter go through to the semi-final next week, with College.

Scores in brief:

Maritzburg College 201-6 (Hendrie 61, Lortan 97*)

St Charles 155 (Vincent 58, Lezar 3/11, Charters 4/35). College won by 46 runs.

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