Old rivals’ match likely to be drawcard

2012-11-10 00:00

WITH most schools having begun their internal exams, the number of schools playing cricket today is reduced.

It again appears as if the games scheduled will be able to be played, despite miserable conditions during the week.

There are only three matches involving the top sides, but it is the game at Michaelhouse that will draw much interest. They will be hosting traditional rivals Hilton. The two teams met twice during the first term.

A declaration game was washed out at the Independent Schools festival at St Davids in Johannesburg, after some good batting by Michaelhouse. That enabled them to declare on 247 for five, with Robbie Anderson having scored an undefeated ton.

The other was a four-wicket win for Michaelhouse in the Sunfoil day/night series at the Oval.

In their last six games, Hilton won just one, against St Andrews from Grahamstown.

Their losses include the KZN teams Clifton and Glenwood.

The first-term results were slightly better for Hilton than for Michaelhouse, but a number of their players are no longer playing, including their star all-rounder in the first term, Tom Curran, who moved to England in the off season.

If the home side bowlers can up their performances as the batsmen have done, then Michaelhouse should have the better game, and they will hope that another storm does not prevent the completion of the match.

The game at Westville, where they host Glenwood, is likely to be a fiery encounter.

Westville didn’t play last Saturday, but they had a successful four matches at the Cape Schools week, and despite all the rain they will hope to continue with the form which sees them presently as the top KZN school.

They have a balanced bowling attack with the spin of Kyle Simmonds, arguably the most penetrative, having captured the most wickets.

Glenwood probably have a better pace attack with Nhlakinipho Madwe and Andile Phehlukwayo, but their batting has not been as consistent as that of Westville.

During the first term, Westville made 221 for nine against Glenwood and the latter had lost four wickets for 105 runs when the game was abandoned due to rain.

Kearsney, where there has been even more rain than elsewhere, host St Charles.

The latter will not be batting on the excellent strips that they experience on their Oval and the spin of the coin could be an important factor.

St Charles bowlers will have to tighten up compared to their earlier performance against College.

Kearsney have a strong batting core and some variety in their bowling attack.

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