Schools hope for clear skies

2013-01-19 00:00

THE first Saturday of the 2013 school year sees just a handful of matches, but players in seven of the top 10 sides in the province have played in earlier cricket festivals and will be more settled than those who have still to play.

Heavy rain has been predicted for the weekend and cricketers will be hoping that the pattern of the fourth term last year, where very little cricket was played, does not repeat itself for this term.

Westville, the top KZN side in 2012, will be hosting Michaelhouse and this could be an exciting encounter. This will be Westville’s first match, while Michaelhouse have played three games with the last washed out before lunch time. Bradley Roberts has shown good early form with the bat, scoring a century and a half-century in two of his three knocks. Michaelhouse will be without their injured SA Schools and SA U19 player Greg Oldfield.

The only game in the capital is at Maritzburg College where they play against Kearsney, always a competitive game. Both teams lost most of their players at the end of last year, but College do have spinner Sohail Mahmoud who was selected for the SA Colts team after the Khaya Majola Week, where he captured 14 wickets.

Kearsney lost against St Davids at the Hilton Festival, where College had beaten Peterhouse from Zimbabwe comprehensively.

Hilton travel to Durban to play against Glenwood, who played four matches (two wins and two losses) at the Grey HS Festival in Port Elizabeth.

Hilton had a good game against Bishops which finished in a draw, with Hilton requiring just five runs for a win but only having one wicket in hand. Their other game was washed out against Peterhouse midway.

St Charles are also in Durban against Clifton. The Durban side lost their stalwarts who had played for a number of years and could find St Charles a difficult side.

St Charles started with two losses in Port Elizabeth, but then won their last two matches which included a 10-wicket win against Selborne in a T20 game.

Northwood have their first match against an Old Boys side and Howick will be hosting the St Charles 2nd XI.

Howick started the year well with two big wins at the Alex week but lost their third match against the Invitation side. They should, however, be the team to beat.

Fixtures (home side first): Westville v Michaelhouse;

Maritzburg College v Kearsney; Glenwood v Hilton; Clifton v

St Charles; Howick v St Charles II, Northwood v Old Boys.

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