Rain, lightning affect games

2011-10-18 00:00

I AM back from the land of the long white cloud after six tremendous weeks touring around, but with some disappointment after the Springboks were so unfairly knocked out by Australia. The rugby­ vibe in New Zealand was great with tremendous friendliness shown by all people we met.

Local school cricket on Saturday was largely affected by rain with most games ending without a result. The feature game was at Maritzburg­ College where they met St Charles on Goldstones for the first time since the early eighties. In Durban, Glenwood gained a very comfortable eight-wicket win against rivals Durban High School where rain did not intervene.

Maritzburg College vs St Charles

Two years ago College had been due to host St Charles, but wet conditions prevented the game from being played and so St Charles, after some good results at Michaelmas Week, were confident of giving College a hard game.

Winning the toss, College elected to bat on an overcast morning. Some wayward St Charles bowling, with Andrew Darroch an exception, gave the College openers some freedom and Kewan Harries and Josh Rencken added 147 for the first wicket. It was a run-out of Rencken (55) in the 27th over that caused the first wicket to fall.

Harries went on to his second consecutive century, ending on 121 in 130 balls, being the fifth wicket to fall. A 56-run flurry, against some tired St Charles bowlers, by Tim Guise-Brown and Greg Miller, took the College total to a massive 290-5 in the allotted 50 overs.

St Charles also got off to a good start adding 95 for the first wicket which fell in the 25th over. With the two openers Ryan Sclanders (58 off 82 balls) and Dean Robinson (30 off 78 balls) losing their wickets in quick succession, the game was over as a contest. With the weather starting to close in and the ball becoming slippery, the game was called off after the 36th over with St Charles on 143-5.

College had dominated in all facets­ of play and for the second consecutive year the game ended without a result.

Michaelhouse vs Kearsney

Michaelhouse chose to bat first but they struggled, with Declan Ahern and Craig Kirsten doing most of the damage. A tail-wag enabled the home side to reach 130 after they had been 97-7.

Kearsney were well in charge scoring at over four runs to the over when the lightning warning went off and the players left the field.

Rain caused play to be abandoned with Kearsney on 85-3 after 20 overs.

Simon Hudson batted aggressively, scoring 54 in 53 balls.



Maritzburg College 290-5 (Rencken 55, Harries 121)

St Charles 143-5 (Sclanders 58, Robinson 30)

Rain stopped play — no result.

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