Oppenheimer Week sees some surprise results and good performances

2010-10-05 00:00

THE 51st Oppenheimer Michaelmas Week saw some surprising results where there was a record 18 teams present. Normally the sides that have done well earlier in the year, carry this through the week, but there were only two teams that went through unbeaten, both from outside the province.

King Edward VII School from Johannesburg, arguably the top visiting school going into the week, surprisingly did not win a game.

The side that had shown the best results in KwaZulu-Natal, hosts Maritzburg College, went down against Affies and if bad light had not intervened on the second day, could have lost against Grey College as well. The two unbeaten teams were Affies and St John’s, each with a no-result game. Other teams that won three matches but lost one were Hudson Park and St Stithians.

There were some fine individual performances by batsmen: nine centuries and seven scores in the 90’s were registered, spread over 12 schools and over eight grounds. The top score was the undefeated 135 scored by Prenalen Subrayen from Glenwood in only 98 balls but it did not prevent St Stithians from winning the match by 21 runs. No one individual scored two centuries but Jean Marais from Affies scored 95 and 96 not out from 69 and 74 balls respectively. Chad Bowes from Kearsney scored the highest total of 247 in four innings, just three runs ahead of Jared van Heerden from DHS. Pretoria Boys’ captain Michael Voysey was the only other batsman to score more than 200 runs in the four games, with his total of 205 runs.

There were a total of 20 century wicket partnerships spread from the first wicket to the seventh wicket. The third-wicket partnership reached three figures on five occasions, with first, second and fourth all having three such partnerships.

The highest was the 173 made by DHS in their first-wicket stand of 173, between Van Heerden and John Grewar against Pretoria Boys’. The only other partnership above 150 was for Pretoria Boys’ against St Charles, where Murray Coetzee and Conor Gallager added 168 for the second wicket.

Bowlers did not fare as well, with the dry conditions and generally clear skies on three days suiting the batting. There were three five-wicket hauls, by Jason Lacon-Allin from Kearsney, Russel Sansom from Hudson Park and Lushen Govender from Pretoria Boys’.

A further 15 bowlers captured four wickets in a match with Gareth Dukes from St Charles the only bowler to do so twice in the four matches.

The bowlers to capture most wickets over the four days were Dukes, Cameron Macaskill from Michaelhouse and Jason Newton from St John’s with 10 wickets each. The most economic bowlers, so important in the 50-over matches, at under three runs an over, were all from KwaZulu-Natal: Cody Gertze from Westville, Mark Airey from Kearsney and Amir Jeena from DHS.

This can go down as one of the more successful weeks as the weather played ball with only about an hour being lost to bad light on the second day, there was a good spread of results, and there were fine individual performances and good sportsmanship amongst the players. With teams coming back year after year there is also good camaraderie among the coaches and managers.

The Hilton Michaelmas U14 Festival ended on Tuesday with the teams playing two 20/20 games.



AM: Hilton 139/4 (Dedekind 35), St John’s 122-9 (Strydom 46, Lovatt 3/24); Hilton won by 17 runs.

Parktown 103-7 (Kunene 41*, Patel 3/20), Westville 106-3 (Greenaway 43, Jackson 36*); Westville won by seven wkts.

St Charles 102-6; Rondebosch 104-3 (Filippi 41); Rondebosch won by seven wkts.

St Stithians 102-7, Michaelhouse 58 (Bard 3/12, Ackerman 3/9, Scholtz 3/8): St Stithians won by 44 runs.

Grey College 140-2 (de Beer 74*, Bezuidenhout 38), Wynberg 140-8 (Coetzee 3/30); match tied.

Maritzburg College 178-5, St Albans 139-8 (Bachelor 62*); M College won by 39 runs.


PM: Westville 133, Rondebosch 123: Westville won by 10 runs.

St Albans 136-7, St Charles 137-5; St Charles won by five wkts.

St Sithians 117, Hilton 104-6: St Sithians won by 13 runs.

Maritzburg College 97, Grey College 99-1; Grey won by nine wkts.

Wynberg 137-9, St Johns 117-9; Wynberg won by 20 runs.

Michaelhouse vs Parktown — no result received.

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