Michaelhouse, Northwood, Howick manage to pull off wins

2013-03-05 00:00

HEAVY rain on Thursday night, an overcast Friday and drizzle on Saturday morning resulted in most games unfortunately being cancelled on Saturday. Those that did play saw relatively low scores on bowler-friendly pitches.

Michaelhouse vs Hilton

Feeling confident after winning the Sunfoil Series against Hilton two nights before, Michaelhouse elected to bat in this declaration game. Other than a fifth wicket partnership of 50 between Jason Marshall and Barrie Forrester-Smith, the home side lost wickets at regular intervals to be all out for 185 in the 60th over. Alistair Rayner, who has seldom bowled in matches, captured the last three wickets of the tail in 5,5 overs. Stephen Reeves was the only other bowler to take more than one wicket, finishing with two for 34 in 17 overs.

With Hilton likely to get at least 50 overs, the target looked easily attainable provided there were some partnerships built. However, Hilton found Forrester-Smith in good form and he returned figures of six for 30 in 12 overs to prevent any meaningful partnership. Jaryd Edy top-scored in the match with 41, but no other Hilton batsman stayed at the crease with him for any length of time. Hilton were all out for just 115 after 43 overs.

Michaelhouse 185 (Beckley 25, Marshall 40, Forrester-Smith 39, Rayner 3/25)

Hilton 115 (Edy 41, Forrester-Smith 6/30)

Michaelhouse won by 70 runs

Northwood vs DHS

Another game that was to be a declaration match, but a soft wicket made it difficult to bat on. DHS, taking first knock, were all at sea against opening bowler Sereshin Moodley and the medium pace of Rawdon Capell as they captured nine wickets between them, to have DHS all out in the 25th over for 47.

With little having changed in the wicket, the DHS bowlers also relished the opportunity of bowling on a surface which would assist them. In an exciting finish, the home side was bowled out three runs short of target.

DHS 47 (Moodley 4/23, Capell 5/9)

Northwood 44 (Makhanya 6/19, Ndlovu 4/16)

DHS won by 3 runs

Weston vs Howick

This was another game where two sides that had met in a Sunfoil final a few days before met again. Conditions were again bowler-friendly, where the highest score in the game was 21 by Siya Buthelezi from Howick, as he led his side to their second win against Weston.

Weston asked their visitors to take first knock and J Duncan-Anderson and KF Pote took eight wickets between them to have Howick all out for 89 in the 42nd over.

Weston got off to a reasonable start and needed 48 runs with seven wickets in hand. Nathan Millar then came on to bowl and captured five wickets for 10 in six overs to have Weston in trouble. Josh Foster captured three and Weston was all out for 75.

Howick 89 (Duncan-Anderson 4/3, Pote 4/10)

Weston 75 (Millar 5/20, Foster 3/17)

Howick won by 14 runs

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