Pres. XI lose to superb College

2010-02-20 00:00

THERE was much relief from all as the final of the Sunfoil School’s Night League went ahead on Thursday evening without any weather interruptions.

A festive crowd watched Maritzburg College beat the President’s XI.

Playing in their 14th final in the 18-year history of the Night series, Maritzburg College won their ninth trophy. The last time this series was played was in 2007, where DHS were the winners for the first time and it was unfortunate that they did not take part this year to defend their title.

The President’s XI, who reached the final due to the spin of the coin, as their match against Glenwood had to be abandoned midway due to rain on Wednesday evening, won the toss and strangely asked College to bat.

A relatively slow start due to some tight bowling by Marcel Frenzel and Cody Mortimer in particular was later accelerated, with Nicholas Hendrie making 66 in 49 balls and Gareth Sharpe a whirlwind 24 in 11 balls so that College reached 222 for 5 in their 40 overs. Tyler Lortan, later named “Player of the Series” for his aggregate of 271 runs in the four matches played, finished on a solid 77 in 116 balls.

The President’s XI was not able to lift the rate to what was required and other than Ryan Stanbury, who scored at better than run-a-ball, the innings fizzled out on 113 runs scored in just less than 38 overs. Stanbury scored 27 in 24 balls and Mortimer made an undefeated 33 in 43 balls, but the two Howick lads got little support from their other batsmen.

Andy Charters was the best of the College bowlers, taking four wickets with spinner Andrew Hay capturing three. Charters was named “Man of the match” for his figures of four wickets for 35 in his eight overs. He also captured the most number of wickets in the series.

Earlier, St Charles Prep had beaten Merchiston by 23 runs in an entertaining 15-over primary school final. St Charles made 113 for 6 with Zak Koutsaris top-scoring with 39 in 43 balls. Merchiston replied with 90 for 5.

Sunfoil National Marketing Director Hilton Cairns made a generous donation of R100 000 to the President of the KZN Inland Union, Younus Bhamjee, at the presentation ceremony following the final. This was followed by a fireworks display.

Score in brief: Maritzburg College 222-5 (Lortan 77, Hendrie 66, Mortimer 3/60); Presidents XI 113 (Stanbury 27, Mortimer 33*, Hay 3/23, Charters 4/35); College won by 109 runs

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