Rain ends Night League match

2010-01-30 00:00

ONCE again the weather gods have seen fit to spoil a Sunfoil Schools’ Night League match. Two matches have been completely washed out where the points had to be shared, and Thursday’s match did start but with only one side batting. Only two matches have played to completion.

Michaelhouse opted to bat first against Kearsney and with leaden skies becoming darker, the lights were on from the beginning. After 11 overs with Michaelhouse on 45 without loss, the sides left the field for about 10 minutes because of a light drizzle. The match was reduced to 39 overs per side, but before they could be bowled by Kearsney, the sides were again taken off with the drizzle slightly heavier. This time it did not let up and the match was eventually abandoned.

It was a great disappointment for the three busloads of Michaelhouse boys who had come down from Balgowan, but their chanting did lift the performances of the Michaelhouse batsmen as they reached 166 for six.

In contrast to the match that they lost against Glenwood, Michaelhouse looked far more confident, and although they started slowly, the rate did improve after 30 overs had been bowled. In trying to improve the rate they did lose three wickets for just nine runs just before the match was abandoned.

The first-wicket partnership of 53 between Michael Watson (22) and Colin Davson (29) and the third-wicket partnership of 84 between Dan Hulbert (55) and Hilton Mudariki (41) saw Michaelhouse reaching 157 for three before they lost the three quick wickets.

Most successful of the Kearsney bowlers was Jason Lacon-Allin with two wickets, but a very economical spell of six overs was bowled by Craig Kirsten, where he went for just eight runs.

So yet another game sees each side receiving 1,5 points.

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