Opening games are fast paced

2014-09-23 00:00

THE school cricket season hit-off at the weekend with College welcoming Westville to Goldstones; Glenwood hosting Michaelhouse; Kearsney hosting Clifton and Northwood travelling to St Charles.

College v Westville

College skipper Bryce Tullis won the toss on what looked a good batting wicket on Goldstones, backed up by a fast outfield.

With fellow opener Shaun Wormington, Tullis got his team off to a quick start, the pair knocking off 31 runs by the sixth over. Wormington, the more aggressive, was out for a brisk 23 from 20 balls, heralding the arrival of Brad Hope at the crease.

Hope (15) is a massive talent, having played for the College first team last year, and he underlined his potential in no uncertain terms, guiding College to 262 all out, but finishing undefeated on 97.

His arrival in the middle saw a mini-collapse from College as they lost three wickets for seven runs, Tullis, Sohail Mahmoud and Matthew Dicks all in the pavilion.

James Martin and Hope saw the score to 70-5 and with Juan de Wet, Hope took the attack to Westville’s bowlers. The pair added 42 in seven overs, De Wet departing for 23 from 28 balls, College on 122-6 at drinks.

David Small came and went and the College lower order needed to come to the party, which they duly did.

Denham Shepstone contributed 48 from 60 balls, adding 70 in 15 overs with Hope, and at 196-8, Hope threw caution to the wind.

Scoring 47 from 26 balls, Hope saw College add 70 from the final eight overs with Lwandiswa Zuma contributing 16.

This took College to a decent 262 all out — something the bowlers could defend.

And this they did with Westville only managing 163 to give College a 99-run win. South African U19 opening bowler Zuma struck early on his way to 3-33 in 7.4 overs, but Westville looked steady on 54-1 after 10 overs.

Tullis then turned to debutant Ramnarine, who obliged by getting rid of the dangerous Tristan Vermaak for 39.

The quick bowler bowled an unbroken eight-over spell of hostile pace, claiming 3-44, which could have been more had some nicks behind found the keeper.

After 25 overs, Westville were 125-6 and, after afternoon drinks, Mahmoud and Zuma wrapped up proceedings, taking the last four wickets for just under 40 runs. A turning point was the run out of Tyrone Koen for 17, leaving Westville on 82-4 and College sniffing victory. This was a hard fought clash with the balance favouring both sides at times. If a key moment could be highlighted, it favoured College, the Shepstone/Hope partnership the difference between the teams on the day.

This week, College play Northwood in a T20 match on Goldstones on Friday and host Clifton on Saturday.

College 262 (Hope 97*, Shepstone 48, De Wet 23; Koen 5-45, Ashton-Stewart 2-49)

Westville 163 (Vermaak 39, Koen 17; Zuma 3-33, Ramnarine 3-44, Mahmoud 2-26)

College won by 99 runs.

Kearsney v Clifton

Kearsney won the toss and asked Clifton to bat on Smith Oval in Botha’s Hill.

The bowlers did well, restricting the visitors to 162 in their 50 overs with quickie Ross Koekemoer bagging 4-26.

Kearney chased down the total to finish on 166-3, winning by seven wickets. James Tedder took charge, scoring 52*

Clifton 162 (Koekemoer 4-26)

Kearsney 166-3 (James Tedder 52*)

Kearsney won by 7 wickets.

Glenwood v Michaelhouse

Michaelhouse won the toss and batted on a hard wicket at Glenwood, ending on 191-6, Jason Marshall (78) and Ryan Anderson (40) the best contributions. Glenwood’s best bowler was Jordan Grobbelaar who claimed 3-7.

Tim Louw (35) and Jason Wagener (44) added 70 for Glenwood after the top order had failed, but the effort was not good enough as Glenwood fell 24 runs short.

Nic Glassock finished with 4-10 and David Geard 3-13.

Michaelhouse 191-6 (Marshall 78, Anderson 40; Grobbelaar 3-7)

Glenwood 166 (Wagener 44, Louw 35; Glassock 4-10, Geard 3-13). Michaelhouse won by 24 runs.

Other Results

Northwood 85 (Squires 5-23, Currie 4-4). St Charles 87-8. St Charles won by two wickets.

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