Schools Night League battles with more rain

2010-02-04 00:00

WHAT, more rain? It appears as if the Sunfoil Schools Night League is doomed, as the match between Westville and St Charles on Tuesday was again rained off.

Maritzburg has, however, again made history in the limited form of the game.

In 1981, the then Maritzburg Cricket Union organised the first-ever day/night schools cricket match, which was played between Maritzburg College and Durban High School at the Jan Smuts Stadium (now the Harry Gwala Soccer Stadium). As a novelty pink stumps were used.

On Tuesday evening, Jackson Sports supplied a pink cricket ball and it is the first time such a ball has been used in the country. This is the ball the IPL in India will be using for their matches in a few months’ time.

Westville won the toss and elected to bat under leaden skies, with rain waiting to fall. The drizzle started and they stayed on the field until conditions were becoming dangerous. At that stage Westville was 67 for four after 17 overs, giving them a run rate of 3,8 to the over.

St Charles were struggling with the wet ball and, after a slow start of just two runs to the over, Westville captain Sashlin Reddy had upped the rate with an aggressive 22 in 24 balls. He was unfortunately out before play was halted for the night.

The best of the St Charles bowlers was Grant Stone, who captured three wickets for 10 runs in three overs.

St Charles now have 1,5 points after their first match and Westville have three points after their three matches, having lost one and shared the points on the other two matches.

This evening, Kearsney will be playing Glenwood and, as these are arguably the two top teams in their pool, it should be a competitive match.

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