Michaelhouse win final

2013-03-01 00:00

UNDERDOGS Michaelhouse beat Hilton by 10 runs in the final of the Sunfoil Schools Night Series.

This is the third win for Michaelhouse in the competition in the 19 years that the schools day/night series has been around.

The winners had gained much confidence after they had beat Maritzburg College on Wednesday night.

Hilton had not played their full first XI against St Charles on Tuesday and perhaps this, some over-confidence and the disappointing lack of any schoolboy support, cost them the win.

The match started under clear skies, which became overcast giving a pleasant respite from the heat experienced over the last three days. Michaelhouse elected to bat, knowing that there was a threat of rain later.

It did start raining lightly after Hilton had faced 15 overs, with 20 overs needed to have been bowled by Michaelhouse to constitute a match.

Fortunately, it did not last long, but did enough to moisten the turf and make the ball slippery.

Michaelhouse scored a competitive 192/5 in the allotted 40 overs.

There were two useful partnerships, firstly between Dale Beckley (43) and Brandon Tattam (23) of 50 for the second wicket, and 55 for the fifth wicket between Jason Marshall (33*) and Barrie Forrester-Smith (37), which were the main contributions in their innings.

Campbell Caley was the most successful of the bowlers, taking three wickets and Matt Lauryssen captured the other two.

Hilton batted sensibly early on and although they fell behind in the rate, particularly to the bowling of Greg Oldfield and Luke Stevens, they kept the scoreboard moving by running quick singles. Michaelhouse bowlers maintained the pressure and the rate slowly increased.

With eight overs remaining, the rate required reached just over eight as Hilton lost their sixth wicket.

Still at the crease was Jaryd Edy who had scored 40, and while he was there Hilton still had a chance.

Edy was run out on 59 after he and Alistair Rayner had added 41 runs for the seventh wicket.

The game had an exciting finish as Hilton need 28 off the last 18 balls with three wickets in hand.

The loss of the eighth wicket then left Hilton to get 20 in the last two overs, with just two wickets remaining. The loss of Rayner for 25, caught behind off Forrester-Smith for his third wicket, with seven balls left, put Michaelhouse in the driving seat.

Hilton had one wicket in hand and still required 14 runs to win. They only managed four in the over to give Michaelhouse the win by 10 runs.

After the Michaelhouse win, their school song was played over the loudspeakers making it a memorable night for their supporters and a fitting end to a good final, to finish the 2013 series.

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