Michaelmas Week schools’ cricket

2008-10-02 00:00

The Oppenheimer Michaelmas Cricket Week, hosted by Maritzburg College, drew to a close on Tuesday.

It was an almost perfect week, with 27 of the 28 games being unaffected by the conditions, something that has not happened for a long time. One match was called off due to bad light with 11 overs still to be bowled.

KwaZulu-Natal schools, with three wins, fared slightly better than the previous day. Three schools — St Johns, Grey College and Affies (all from outside the province) — went through the four days unbeaten.

Hosts Maritzburg College were in a position where they had a chance to beat King Edward VII School (KES), when the match was called off because of fading light. At that stage College were 151 for three, requiring a further 93 runs to win in just under 12 overs. It was a tall order, but they had Tyler Lortan at the crease on 61.

Affies, as was expected, beat Glenwood, the weakest of the KZN schools, by 129 runs. Affies’ batting was again solid, with Thomas Kaber unbeaten on 69 in their total of 246-6. Glenwood could only muster 117, with Sean Bergman taking four wickets.

St Johns, who have arguably been the top batting side of the week, again produced a century with Dmitri Ratnayake ending on 139 not out against St Charles. This was their fourth century in the four games. Devon Conway again had a good game with the bat, scoring 74. This follows two hundreds and an undefeated 57 in the first game. St Charles were bowled out for 142 with Murray Workman taking five wickets for 39 — one of the better bowling performances at the festival.

Pretoria Boys’ High School were bowled out by Durban High School (DHS) for 193, with Luke Fouche taking four wickets for just 19 runs in just over six overs. DHS reached the target comfortably with almost 20 overs to spare for the loss of three wickets. Keeran Reddy continued with his good form, making 49. Reuben Hattingh top scored with 76.

Grey College’s batting was too solid for the Hilton bowling, passing the Hilton score of 186 with five wickets in hand.

Hudson Park batted competently, making 246 for seven against Kearsney, with Jason Lacon-Allin taking five wickets. Their South African Schools player Cebo Tshiki again scored well. After indifferent performances in their last two matches, the Kearsney top order fired. David Agar scored their second century of the week off just 89 balls and, when they had passed the Hudson Park total for the loss of just one wicket, Nick Bowman was on 92.

Westville inflicted the fourth defeat on St Stithians, beating them by two wickets. It was a high-scoring game with both sides scoring over 230 runs for the loss of eight wickets

Scores in brief:

Affies 246-6 (Venter 35, Esterhuizen 62, Kaber 69*, Marais 38, Atkins 3/53). Glenwood 117 (Bergman 4/29). Affies won by 129 runs.

KES 243-7 (De Kock 26, Nofal 29, McGillavary 43, Corns 43, Dickson 37*, Pengelley 4/39).

Maritzburg College 151-3 (Lortan 61*, Pengelley 28). No result — bad light stopped play.

Pretoria BHS 193 (Ray 41, Le Roux 45, Van Byleveldt 34, Fouche 4/19). DHS 197-3 (Reddy 49, Hattingh 76, Frost 40). DHS won by 7 wkts.

Hilton 186 (L. Taylor 30, Gerber 50, E. Taylor 25, Roberts 28, Botha 3/31). Grey College 188-5 (Botha 59, Van der Spuy 28, Finlay 31, Saunders 3/28). Grey won by 5 wkts.

Hudson Park 246-7 (Tshiki 64, Gqamane 69, Lacon-Allin 5/37). Kearsney 247-1 (Agar 116, Bowman 92*). Kearsney won by 9 wkts.

St Johns 263-6 (Conway 74, Ratnayake 139*, Cox 3/54). St Charles 142 (Boote 34, Workmann 5/39). St Johns won by 121 runs.

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