Rain hits College clash, Westville thrill at DHS

2014-09-30 00:00

ALTHOUGH the clouds rolled in on Saturday and the mercury dropped a little, the rain backed off to allow for another round of schoolboy cricket fixtures.

Westville Boys’ played a thriller against DHS; College were thwarted by late afternoon drizzle against Clifton and Glenwood crossed the line against Kearsney.

College v Clifton

Playing at Goldstones, Clifton won the toss and asked College to have first strike.

Captain Bryce Tullis and Shaun Wormington ensured a brisk start with 19 on the board after two overs before Wormington was run out. Brad Hope, fresh from an undefeated 97 against Westville the previous week, was soon into his stride, but two quick wickets saw Clifton pull College back to 58-3 after 12 overs.

Matthew Dicks joined Hope and the pair added 101 from 100 balls before Dicks was caught on the boundary for 42.

Three overs later, Hope departed for 75 from 83 balls and James Martin lasted a few balls, falling when lifting a slog-sweep.

At 178-6 and 18 overs remaining, it was left to Juan de Wet and Denham Shepstone to repair the damage — making a good job by adding 28 in five overs, playing smart cricket.

After Shepstone’s departure, De Wet counter-attacked on his way to 34, leaving the last pair of Lwandiswa Zuma and Randell Ramnarine to add 17 in four overs.

College were all out for 243 in 47 overs.

An early dropped catch allowed Clifton to respond well and have 54-1 on the board after 10 overs. David Small nabbed two wickets in two balls to begin College’s fight back.

De Wet bagged two wickets and another from Mahmoud saw College grab 5-54 from overs 10 to 25, having Clifton on 110-6.

At afternoon drinks, the heavens opened and umpires called time.

College 243 (Hope 75, Dicks 42, De Wet 34; Wheal 3-38)

Clifton 110-6 (Niemand 36; Small 3-36, De Wet 2-29)

Match drawn.

DHS v Westville

Played at DHS, overcast skies had players and spectators nervously waiting for rain to curtail proceedings.

It never happened and those who settled down for the action, were not disappointed.

Westville batted first, giving a debut cap to Justin Snyman, who came into the side for Blake Ashton-Stewart.

After 50 overs, Westville had posted a challenging 265-5 with three half centuries in the scorecard. Hard-hitting Tyron Koen scored a solid 68 before cutting one to point; Alex Whitelaw 71 before playing in the air to the man in the covers and Jesse Smit finished undefeated on 67.

On a pitch that demanded respect and concentration, this was a commendable batting effort, where the odd ball popped up, making it difficult for those at the crease.

Backing themselves to defend their total, Westville were surprised at DHS’s response.

The home side accepted the challenge; knuckled down and came so close to celebrating a win.

Dillon Bryan (77), Tinashe Nenhunzi (44) and Tafara Mupariwa (41) laid the platform, DHS needing 14 off the final over.

Off-spinner Tristan Vermaak was given the final six balls, which came down to four needed off the last ball. The batsman got the ball away, but Whitelaw prevented the boundary, his flat throw to the bowler’s end seeing Vermaak remove the bails for a desperate one-run win.

WBHS 265-5 (Whitelaw 71, Koen 68, Smit 67*)

DHS 264-7 (Bryan 78, Nenhunzi 44, Mupariwa 41). WBHS won by one run.

Glenwood v Kearsney

Playing at Glenwood, the hosts were asked to bat after losing the toss. A shaky start saw them reeling at 26-5 before Jerome Bossr (66) and Matthew Kirkham (108*) steered the ship to 251 all out.

Kearsney was in the hunt all the way; Tristan Tedder scoring 71 as his team was bowled out for 226, falling short by 25 runs.

Kirkham was the best of the bowlers with 3-31.

Glenwood 251 (Kirkham 108*, Bossr 66)

Kearsney 225 (Tedder 71, Foss 41; Kirkham 3-31)

Glenwood won by 25 runs.

Hilton College

Hilton’s first team won the St John’s College T20 cricket tournament in Harare, Zimbabwe, beating the hosts in the final.

Eight schools — St George’s College, Peterhouse, Prince Edward, Churchill, Falcon College, Hilton, Michaelhouse and St John’s — were put in two pools, with Hilton unbeaten on their way to the semi-final.

They maintained their winning streak to bring back the trophy to the top of Town Hill. Coach Neil Johnson — a former Zimbabwea international — complimented the boys on their maturity, approach and professionalism.

Hilton Results

Beat Peterhouse by 9wkts

Beat St John’s by 5wkts

Beat Churchill by 8wkts

Beat Falcon by 12 runs (semi)

Beat St John’s by 5wkts (final)

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