Schoolboy cricket sees some crackers

2013-11-05 00:00

THERE was some good cricket played in the major school games on Saturday with some good individual performances by players who will be representing their province in December.

The highest scoring game at Kearsney was a humdinger with the home side winning in a nail- biting finish against Maritzburg College. Westville and Michaelhouse both won their matches against Hilton and Clifton respectively, to maintain their good performances this season.

Kearsney vs Maritzburg College

Cricket was again the winner in this top game, where Kearsney won by three runs in a total of 473 runs between the two teams. College elected to bowl first, hoping to use the conditions on a good batting wicket to make inroads into the Kearsney batting line-up. A third-wicket partnership of 133 between Keegan Foss (72) and Ryan Wallace (79) enabled the home side to eventually reach 238 for 8.

College bowling was more disciplined than it has been but it was superb batting to take Kearsney to 189 for three.

The next five wickets fell for 49 runs, with Lwandiswa Zuma taking three wickets with some swift deliveries and Jean de Wet and Sohail Mahmoud a brace each.

After the loss of an early wicket, two good partnerships saw College well on track for a victory. The first was 92 for the second wicket between Piero Zanone and debutant Adam Wiffen (42), and the second was 80 for the third wicket between Zanone (48) and Tyron Walsh (66). Two crucial run-outs, however, within four runs of one another, saw the end of both Zanone and Walsh, and Kearsney was back on top. Kearsney’s fielding was excellent and arguably saved the game for them.

With the incoming batsmen, the required rate increased and just as a partnership was developing, James Tedder snapped up two wickets in the 46th over. Two new batsmen were at the crease with 33 runs required in the last four overs. Karl Hillermann made a good attempt with 20 in 14 balls but College fell three runs short with eight runs in the last over, requiring 11.

Kearsney 238-8 (Foss 72, Wallace 79, Zuma 3/55)

College 235-6 (Wiffen 41, Zanone 48, Walsh 66)

Kearsney won by 3 runs.

Clifton vs Michaelhouse

The visitors, after winning the toss and batting, did not have it all their own way early on and were in a spot of trouble on 78 for four.

Greg Oldfield and Luke Stevens then put together a partnership of 88 for the fifth wicket, with Stevens making 76 in 71 balls to take his side to 256 all out off the last ball of the 50 overs. Kelvin Donnelly was the best of the Clifton bowlers with three wickets.

Clifton started steadily reaching 63 before the third wicket fell. However, with the introduction of spin, the Clifton batsmen tumbled to be all out for 99 in the 31st over. Stevens followed his good batting with four wickets for 18 in 10 overs and Oldfield took three for eight, polishing off the tail, in 4.5 overs.

Michaelhouse 256 (Beckley 34, Oldfield 59, Stevens 76, Forrester-Smith 35, Donnelly 3/59)

Clifton 99 (Mulla 25, Stevens 4/18, Oldfield 3/8)

Michaelhouse won by 157 runs.

Northwood vs DHS

DHS rose to the occasion in their last game of the year, making it count when they batted first, reaching one of their better scores this term.

Werner Kotze and Dillon Bryan were the best of the batsmen, helping reach a creditable 197 for 9. Best of Northwood bowling was Yetish Ramsurrup with three wickets.

Northwood, as so often has happened with their batting, struggled and limped to 120 all out.

Simon du Plessis was the only batsman who was at the crease for any length of time. Ainsley Ndlovu was the chief destroyer, taking four wickets.

DHS 197-9 (Kotze 38, Bryan 31, Ramsurrup 3/25)

Northwood 120 (Du Plessis 37, Ndlovu 4/12)

DHS won by 77 runs.

Other results

Thomas More 250 (Watts 102, Smith 37, Wilcox 3/40) Crawford LL 92 (Reynolds 4/23)

Thomas More won by 158 runs.

Hillcrest 153 Kloof 154-7

Kloof won by 3 wickets.

Treverton 254-8 (Patterson 52, Tilbury 41, Warren 49, Erasmus 50*) Michaelhouse 197 (Smith 66, Rowles 59, Tilbury 4/22)

Treverton won by 57 runs.

Voortrekker 55 (Webb 3/2) Howick 56-3

Howick won by 7 wickets.

Carter 170 (Manual 32) Grace 97 (Manual 3/24); Carter won by 73 runs.

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