Schools cricket season comes to an end as Howick shock Hillcrest

2012-03-06 00:00

WITH March just in its infancy, it seems far too early for the school’s cricket season to be ending. It went out on Saturday with two big wins and a draw in the three top games.



After winning the toss, Michaelhouse lost two wickets with the score on 41, but then Greg Oldfield was involved in two good partnerships.

The first was 51 runs for the third wicket with Dean Stephen and the second of 67 for the fourth wicket with Michael Greig to take Michaelhouse to 215-5, declared.

The declaration would have come a little earlier than the 56th over but with Oldfield in the 90s it was delayed until he reached three figures. This was his second century in successive matches. Stephen ended on 48 and Greig on 29. The best of the St Charles bowlers was Matthew Ford with three of the five wickets to fall.

St Charles lost their star batsman Dean Robinson in the seventh over with the score on 19. Thereafter, with Ford unlikely to bat because of an injured finger, they were prepared to play out time. With spinners Oldfield and Luc Stevens bowling 29 overs between them with attacking fields, St Charles received 50 overs.

Unfortunately, they did not try to hit over the top and a dreary draw was the result. The top score was a bright 25 off 23 balls by number-eight batsman Travis Mitchell. Ben Philpott was undefeated on 24 off 126 balls as he cautiously held up an end.

Stevens captured 3-20 in 16 overs and Oldfield 1-17 in 13 overs.

Michaelhouse 215-5 declared (Stephen 48, Greig 29, Oldfield 100*, Ford 3/42)

St Charles 115-7 (T. Mitchell 25, Stevens 3/20)

Match drawn.



A score of 197 scored by Hillcrest, after winning the toss, was always going to be difficult to reach. A relatively inexperienced side at the beginning of the season, Howick has made good progress, but a good start would be necessary if they were to reach the Hillcrest score, the highest number of runs the side would have scored this year.

Hillcrest could have scored even more if they had batted their full 50 overs.

They were all out in the 47th over but it was the ninth-wicket partnership between J. Raath and D. Pieterse which took the score from 165-9 to 197 all out. The last wicket partnership of 32 off 42 balls had almost taken the game away from Howick.

Most of the Hillcrest batsmen got starts but never went on. Josh Foster was the best of the Howick bowlers taking 3-38 in his 10 overs. Mick Adams captured two wickets.

An opening stand of 138, one of the best Howick has had, gave Howick the early ascendency and confidence.

It was unfortunate that Brendon Stead did not reach three figures, when he fell to a brilliant catch, for a score of 96 off 84 balls. His opening partner, Siya Buthelezi, held up his end and rotated the strike to give Stead as much of the bowling as possible.

Buthelezi ended undefeated on 52 and Adams was 25, when Howick reached the target in the 40th over, for the loss of only one wicket.

Hillcrest 197 (Adams 3/38)

Howick 198-1 (Stead 96, Buthelezi 52*, Adams 25*)

Howick won by nine wickets.



Clifton was always likely to win this game if at least one of their experienced batsmen was at the crease for an extended period. And so it happened, but it was three of their seniors who scored good runs with Josh Niemand, in his first season in the first XI, top scoring with 81.

Senuran Muthusamy (74), Joshua Masojada (64) and Cameron Weir (62) contributed to the massive 361-7 scored by Clifton in the allotted 50 overs.

The Thomas More bowlers were just not disciplined enough, bowling too many loose deliveries.

The batsmen from Thomas More found the Clifton bowlers too hot to handle and they were bowled out for 87.

Muthusamy, selected as an all rounder in the SA Colts XI at the end of last year, whipped through the batting taking five wickets to give his side a massive win.

Clifton 361-7 (Niemand 81, Masojada 64, Muthusamy 74, Weir 62)

Thomas More 87 (Muthusamy 5-18)

Clifton won by 274 runs.

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