Michaelhouse, Howick take honours as schools season almost at an end

2011-03-08 00:00

THE schools’ cricket season has almost come to an end with just a handful of matches due next week. Maritzburg College has ended unbeaten in the province and Michaelhouse surprised Hilton to finish their season with a much-needed win.

Two centuries and two fifers in a second-tier match at Treverton were individual highlights on Saturday.

Michaelhouse vs Hilton

On a thick and slow outfield, where good shots seldom reached the boundary, Michaelhouse elected to bat, and after 57 overs in the declaration match they had been bowled out for 141. It seemed this would not be enough against the visitors, who fairly regularly had scored more than 200.

The home side lost three wickets for just two runs, but a fourth wicket partnership of 96 between Dean Stephen (30) and Cameron­ Macaskill (68) enabled them to reach the moderate total.

Tom Curran had captured two of the first three wickets to fall, but it was Matthew Delport and Seb Negri who spun their way to taking seven wickets between them, these last seven wickets falling for the addition of only 37 runs.

The visitors would have been confident of reaching the target, but they had not counted on Andrew Stephens who, up to this game, has had a very ordinary season with the ball. After losing a wicket in the first over they never recovered as Stephens grabbed five wickets with some excellent swing bowling.

Three of these were bowled, one was LBW and the other caught. His 10 overs and five balls cost him just 23 runs.

A 62-run ninth-wicket partnership between Greg Morris (36) and Brian Pfaff (18*) got Hilton to just over 100 to give a little respectability to their score. Macaskill ended with three wickets in bowling their rivals out for 106 in the 49th over.

Michaelhouse 141 (Stephen 30, Macaskill 68, Delport 4/34, Negri 3/16); Hilton 106 (Morris 35, Stephens 5/23, Macaskill 3/6). Michaelhouse won by 35 runs.

St Charles vs Westville

St Charles, after winning the toss, started fairly cautiously on a wicket that gave early help to the bowlers. Dean Robinson did his job in taking the shine off the ball, and when Matt Ford came in the rate picked up. At the halfway stage St Charles were 90-3 with Robinson and Ford set.

They added 90 runs for the fourth wicket, but when Ford was out, wickets began to fall. Five wickets fell for the addition of only 38 runs until an unbeaten partnership of 35 for the 10th wicket between Jarryd Streicher and Keith Stanger took the score to 207 for nine in the allotted 50 overs. Best of the Westville bowlers were Tyler Aherns and Wentzel Gordon with four wickets apiece.

Westville lost two wickets in reaching the target with one over to spare, but it was a lethargic fielding display by the home side that allowed Westville to reach the target. If all the catches had been taken and greater urgency had been shown in the field, Westville could have fallen short. Brendan Hartslief and Luke Schlemmer were together for a third-wicket unbeaten partnership of 146 runs, after Kyle Sterling had got them off to a reasonable start.

St Charles 207-9 (Ford 43, Robinson 61, Streicher 29, Aherns 4/38, Gordon 4/22); Westville 208-2 (Sterling 42, Hartslief 66*, Schlemmer 61*). Westville won by eight wickets.

Durban High School vs Maritzburg College

This was not a batting display one expects from DHS as they were bowled out for 85 in the 40th over by College, after electing to bat. John Grewar ran out of partners as he was the last batsman to fall after opening the innings. He ended on 48 with the next best score being 14.

All the College bowlers kept a tight line, but it was Calvin Savage, now close to full bowling strength after injury, who captured four wickets and Shaun Sinclair who took three with his spin.

Taariq Booley was the only bowler to have any success for DHS, but the wickets came too late to put much pressure on College. Savage was attacking as he made 39 in 40 balls to take College to victory in the 25th over.

DHS 85 (Grewar 48, Savage 4/18, Sinclair 3/13); M College 88-2 (Savage 39*). College won by eight wickets.

Northwood vs Glenwood

The Crusaders field was another with a thick outfield, and the 168 made by Northwood was probably closer to about 200 on a normal field. Kalipha Cele, who has been the mainstay of the Northwood batting, top-scored with a half-century. Prenalen Subrayen captured three wickets.

It took Glenwood all of 42 overs to reach the target, with Mishkal Ramsaroop making 43 and Grove Venter and Subrayen taking Glenwood to a seven-wicket win with a 98-run unbeaten partnership for the fourth wicket.

Northwood 168 (Cele 56, Subrayen 3/26); Glenwood 170-3 (Ramsaroop 43, Venter 53*, Subrayen 31*). Glenwood won by seven wickets.

Treverton vs Howick

Howick won the toss and batted, but were soon in trouble at 8-3. Graeg Gardner (24) and Kyle Page stabilised the innings and as Page went on to his century, scored in just 95 balls, he and Grant Bowles helped Howick reach 269 in the 49th over. Tyron Arnell did the damage for Treverton, taking five wickets.

The Treverton start mirrored that of Howick, and a 200-run partnership between Jarad Wright and Ruhan van Zuydam took them close, but once Van Zuydam was out for 96 the others fell quickly.

Wright scored the second century of the match, but with Bruce Hayworth also taking a fifer, Treverton were all out with 25 runs short.

Howick 269 (Page 101, Bowles 68, Arnell 5/48); Treverton 241 (Van Zuydam 96, Wright 105, Hayworth 5/28).

Howick won by 28 runs.


Kloof 207; St Henry’s 154. Kloof won by 53 runs

Creston 39 (Muller 3/12, Appalsamy 3/10, Moodley 3/6);

Crawford LL 39-2. Crawford won by eight wickets.

Kingsmead Mynahs XI 290 (C Watling 59, W Marick 56, S Nhleba 3/32); KZNCU Development XI 161 (B Seedat 36, JP Govender 30, S Reddy 32, B Sculley 3/12, S Shezi 3/15). Mynahs won by 129 runs.

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