School cricket: cavalier cricket leads to KIingsmead Mynahs having nothing to show in December matches

2010-12-31 00:00

THE Kingsmead Mynahs XI, selec­ted after the squads for the National Weeks had been selected, played a series of matches in early December and, despite all the rain that was around, only had one game rained off.

The results were disappointing as many played cavalier cricket and did not attempt to build an innings. Is this due to too much limited overs and T20 cricket?

There were only five scores over 30 in the four matches played. According to coach Mike Griffiths, “this statistic would be bad enough if these were players with no talent, but I seldom saw an individual out of his depth”.

Richard Wissing from Glenwood captained the team and in his report Griffiths named Ben Compton (Clifton) the soundest batsman in the team. Keith Stanger (St Charles) was the best bowler.

In the four matches played, two were stopped early due to bad light and the other two ended in losses. A match over two days played at the Eston Country Club saw the KZN Inland under 17 team and it was fortunate for the Mynahs that bad light did stop play as they had been outclassed in the first innings, where Kewan Harries (Maritzburg College) scored a ton for the Inland team.

Results in brief:

KZN Inland U17 (Eston CC)

Mynahs 127 (Anderson 32, Charters 4/20, Khan 3/21) and 186-6 (Compton 90)

Inland U17 292 (Harries 102, Ford 63, Wissing 3/54, van Breeman 3/82)

Bad light stopped play-match drawn

KZN Coastal U17 (Lahee Park)

Mynahs 105 (Zondo 3/11)

Coastals 109-4 (van Heerden 47)

Coastals won by 6 wkts

KZN Inland U19 (Maritzburg Oval)

Inland U19 287-6 (Savage 70, Walsh 55, Lortan 51)

Mynahs 157-4 (Anderson 63, Compton 41, Moses 3/45)

Bad light-no result

Crickets CC (Lutherfield)

Crickets 157-8 (Hector 33, Venter 3/13, Henshaw 3/28)

Mynahs 95 (Compton 56, McGlashan 5/19)

Crickets won by 62 runs)

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