Rain plays spoilsport

2015-02-17 00:00

AN overcast Saturday ruined some school cricket matches at the weekend, allowing play to start but bringing dark clouds as the afternoon wore on with matches having to be called off.

Westville Boys’ High and Hilton looked to be in for an interesting afternoon before the gloom set in, while the same fate beset Michaelhouse and DHS.

Northwood and Clifton’s match saw the latter bat out a draw and Kearsney did enough to see off Glenwood. St Charles hosted Bridge House from Cape Town and crossed the line in a ­low-scoring encounter.

The weekend though belonged to Michaelhouse’s Gareth Macaskill who plundered 144 off the DHS attack at ­Balgowan.

Westville v Hilton

Played on Westville’s Bowden’s Field, this had all the ingredients for a tasty encounter, Hilton undefeated for many a long day and winning the KZN Schools’ T20 title, and Westville offering a side brimming with talent.

Westville batted first and lost an early wicket, bringing Craig Schlemmer and Tyron Koen to the crease after eight overs. The pair kept Hilton’s attack at bay, adding 70 for the second wicket at a steady 3,8 to the over. Both batsmen looked comfortable and looked destined to accumulate big scores as Hilton searched for a breakthrough, ­undergoing numerous bowling changes.

Koen, Westville’s captain, reached 28 before bashing a full toss to the leg side where the offering was gladly accepted. Although this broke the partnership, it did nothing to prevent Schlemmer marching on to a superb 89, his second consecutive fifty, an LBW decision ­stopping him 11 runs short of what would have been an admirable century.

Ryan Colman (24) and Chris Pentz (20) added valuable runs late in the innings, taking Westville to 196-9, Pentz enjoying his debut for the 1st team.

After lunch, Hilton took guard and batted slowly but surely, never seeming to take up the challenge in chasing the total. Captain Gavin Morris again got a start, out for 37 as Hilton reached 114-4 when the umpires decided the light wasn’t good enough.

Hilton were into their 36th over at the wicket and Westville’s best bowler was Dylan Beaven with 2-39.

Westville 196-9 (Schlemmer 89, Koen 28, Coleman 24)

Hilton 114-4 (Morris 37; Beaven 2-39)

St Charles v Bridge House

In warm, overcast conditions, St Charles captain Luke Barnard won the toss and asked the visitors from the Boland to take guard.

Initially, it went well for the visitors who were two down for 40 before the rot set in. Bridge House opener ­Cameron Shepherd’s 19 was the best ­effort as the St Charles bowlers, lead by Tim Nefdt with 4-17 and Michael ­Darroch (2-8) took charge and skittled the visitors for just 66.

On a tricky wicket, St Charles were made to work for their win, getting home with only five wickets in the bank, Darroch hitting the winning runs in the 14th over.

Bridge House 66 (Shepherd 19; Nefdt 4-17, Darroch 2-8)

St Charles 67-5

St Charles won by five wickets.

Kearsney v Glenwood

Playing at Botha’s Hill, Kearsney took a firm grip on the game and romped home by five wickets in another solid display of teamwork.

Batting first, Glenwood never got out the blocks, battling to put together any substantial partnership. Jordan Grobbelaar grafted hard for a stubborn 50 but it was the only resistance in a below par total of 115 all out. Matthew Lees hit his spot with the ball, claiming 4-15.

In reply, Kearney knocked off the runs with 20 overs to spare, skipper James Tedder showing the way with 51*, supported by Callix Gray (23) and James Stamatis (23*).

Glenwood 115 (Grobbelaar 50; Lees 4-15)

Kearsney 121-5 (J Tedder 51*; Henry 4-24)

Kearsney won by five wickets.

Northwood v Clifton

Northwood won the toss on home turf and asked Clifton to bat under overcast skies. It looked a good decision as Northwood struck early to have Clifton reeling at 12-3 but as the strip became more docile, Clifton recovered to reach a solid 207-9. Ryan Slotow (70) and Zakariya Paruk (56) build on good starts and William Masojada weighed in with 33. Northwood’s opening bowler, Junaid Syed bowled a good line and length to bag 4-46.

Northwood batted steadily in playing out time, grafting to 101-5 in their 45 overs to ensure a draw.

Clifton 207-9 (Slotow 70, Paruk 56, Masojada 33; Syed 4/46)

Northwood 101/5

Match drawn.

Michaelhouse v DHS

Rain ruined this clash at Balgowan after the hosts had batted first and kept the DHS fielders busy. Gareth Macaskill (144) and Matthew Armstrong (84) gave a magnificent batting display as they took Michaelhouse to 239-4.

With rain in the air there was never going to be a result, but Michaelhouse did enough to allow DHS to face 12 overs, in which time they reached 58-1 before the match was abandoned.

Michaelhouse 239-4 (Macaskill 144, Armstrong 84)

DHS 58-1

Match abandoned — rain.

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