Schools cricket: exciting season finales

2011-11-15 00:00

IT was an incongruous end of the season for St Charles as rain at Hilton ended the game at an interesting stage.

While at Westville the damp conditions, after a late start, were not conducive to good cricket, although the home side hung on for a win against Michaelhouse.

Glenwood remains unbeaten after a comprehensive win against Kearsney.

Hilton vs St Charles

Hard work by the ground staff at Hilton produced a hard and true pitch which led to some excellent cricket by both teams. The weather, though, closed in spoiling what was heading for an exciting finish.

Hilton had elected to bat and with bowlers having to bend their backs to get anything out of the wicket, good fielding and four run-outs caused the demise of most of the batsmen. Solid batting in the main, with half-centuries by Luc Maingard and Tom Curran got the hosts to 235 for seven wickets at the end of the 50 overs.

The visitors started relatively slowly and two dropped catches that would have put more pressure on the batting allowed St Charles to reach 118 for two at tea. Ryan Sclanders looked very good with an aggressive 68 before he played a loose shot just before the break. After tea, Ben Philpot and Robin Mitchell (returning after breaking his jaw) continued comfortably. With gentle rain falling, the mist closing in and the ball becoming slippery, the umpires called the game off.

Hilton 235-7 (Curran 56, Maingard 60); St Charles 132-2 (Sclanders 68, Philpot 28*). Rain stopped play, no result.

Westville vs Michaelhouse

Due to a change in the pitch and a wet outfield which delayed the start, the game was reduced to 40 overs. Michaelhouse elected to bat, but after a reasonable start the Westville spinners soon tied the batsmen down on a slow pitch. Only the top three batsmen reached double figures with Greg Oldfield top scoring with 20. Seven Westville bowlers took wickets with spinners Kyle Simmonds taking 3/10 in eight overs. Wentzel Gordon wrapped up the tail with two wickets in 2,1 overs.

Only two wickets did not fall to catches.

Westville will thank a match-winning eighth-wicket partnership of just over 40 between Michael Harvey and Luke Schlemmer for their victory which came in the 38th over. When they came together with their score not yet 70 and seven wickets down, the visitors were on top. They batted cautiously and sensibly to edge to victory with Schlemmer taking 81 balls for his 37 and Harvey 49 balls for his 17. Spinner Cameron Macaskill was the most penetrative of the Michaelhouse bowlers with three wickets.

Michaelhouse 107 (Simmonds 3/10); Westville 111-7 (Schlemmer 37*, Macaskill 3/14). Westville won by three wickets.


Glenwood vs Kearsney

Another late start saw this game reduced to 45 overs. Kearsney were asked to bat first and found it difficult to get the ball away, particularly off the spin of Mishkal Ramsaroop. Earlier Javier Frost had done most of the damage with 3/9 in nine overs. Kearsney, missing their star batsman Mark Airey, out with an injury, reached 141 for nine after the allotted overs.

The Kearsney bowlers found it difficult to bowl in the strong wind and after taking a relatively early wicket, were blown away by steady batting by Frost and a whirlwind 42 by Grove Venter. Glenwood reached the target for the loss of just one wicket and with 20 overs to spare. This keeps the Durban side unbeaten this season.

Kearsney 141-9 (Hawk 26, Frost 3/30, Ramsaroop 3/9); Glenwood 145-1 (Frost 63*, Venter 42*). Glenwood won by nine wickets.

Wartburg vs Voortrekker

Voortrekker ended their season with an unlikely win against Wartburg. The latter had bowled Voortrekker out for 78 in 20 overs of a 50-over game. Shane Lacon-Allin and Carl van Rooyen taking seven wickets between them.

Wartburg had not anticipated a superb opening spell of bowling by Pieter van Jaarsveld which reduced them to 10/3. Thereafter nervousness crept in and Van Jaarsveld captured a further three wickets to have Wartburg all out in 25 overs for 51.

Van Jaarsveld was the toast of Voortrekker as he had top scored in the game with 28 and his six wickets had come for just 10 runs. There were four maidens in his total of eight overs bowled.

Voortrekker 78 (Van Jaarsveld 28, Muller 27, Lacon-Allin 4/26, Van Rooyen 3/8); Wartburg 51 (Van Jaarsveld 6/10). Voortrekker won by 27 runs.

Northwood vs KZN Invitation XI

Northwood, as expected, had an easy victory against a KZN Invitation XI after bowling them out for a paltry 40 runs. This was in reply to 141 for three scored by Northwood.

Northwood 141-3 (Wessels 60, Riekert 43); Invitation XI 40 (Proctor 3/20, Cele 3/11). Northwood won by 101 runs.

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