School cricket’s blue-sky dreams

2010-02-06 00:00

THERE are many schoolboy cricketers who will be hoping for blue skies today as there are some who have not yet played a full game this year. Others have played, but not on any of the three Saturdays this term.

The two sides from the capital, Maritzburg College and St Charles, both have home games and home supporters will create good atmospheres at both Goldstones and the St Charles Oval.

College will be hosting Michaelhouse and although the latter have not had the best of starts this year, they will raise their game today. The only team that they have both played is St Charles, but in different formats. Michaelhouse played St Charles in a declaration game and the former were probably denied a victory by rain, which cut the last six overs from the match. At that stage they needed 18 runs with five wickets in hand.

The match between College and St Charles was a 20/20 game at the Oval and College won by 10 wickets as the St Charles batsmen had failed to put enough runs on the board.

When comparing the individual performances in the two teams, it is the College top-order batsmen who have flourished and it is unlikely that they will all fail in one game, so College could well put the game beyond reach of Michaelhouse if they bat first.

St Charles will also be favourites to beat their Durban opponents, DHS. Although this match is a declaration game, St Charles have both the bowlers and batsmen who have superior skills to those of DHS and they should be able to bowl their Durban opponents out relatively easily.

The match that will draw most interest in the Coastal area is at Westville, where they host Glenwood. While Glenwood should have the better of this match, Westville must not be underestimated because of their poor start. Each time they have batted an improvement has been noticed and with the confidence growing they could surprise. Glenwood have an advantage in their varied bowling attack.

Kearsney travel to play against Clifton. Since the Hilton Festival, Kearsney have not played a match except for an easy win against Werda in a 20/20 game. Two games were started, but rain prevented much play, so they are very keen to get a good win under their belts. Clifton had a good game against Westville and an easy win against Pinetown last time out.

Hilton travel to Bloemfontein to play against Grey College. Neither team appears to be as strong as they are normally, which could make it an intriguing contest. Hilton will attempt to do what St Charles managed at the Grey Festival in January and beat them, but it will need a good team performance.

With Hilton out of the province and with only 10 top-tier schools in KZN, Northwood today have to play their second match in succession against second-tier opposition. They travel to La Lucia to play Crawford, while their second team is playing George Campbell. Ross Veenstra’s Crawford side will relish the opportunity of playing one of the top-tier schools in the province.


(home side first)

Maritzburg College v Michaelhouse; St Charles v DHS; Westville v Glenwood; Westville v Kearsney; Grey College v Hilton; Crawford LL v Northwood; Northwood II v George Campbell; Treverton v Weston; Kloof v St Henrys; Voortrekker v Howick; Pinetown v Hillcrest; Carter v Hilton III,

Unknown venue: Wartburg v Greytown; Kokstad v Ixopo; Port Natal v Durban Clubs; Linpark v Hermannsburg; Port Shepstone v Creston; Grace v Wembley

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