Schools take cricket on tour

2012-10-16 00:00

MICHAELHOUSE and Westville both undertook short tours during the last holiday with Michaelhouse playing in Zimbabwe and Westville going to the Cape School’s week, hosted by Union High School in Graaf Reinet.

Michaelhouse without some regulars and only two matrics in the team had a 50% success rate, as the standard in Zimbabwe schools appears to be improving. The schools they beat were Peterhouse twice and Falcon College. St John’s in Harare were the best of the schools they played and here they lost by seven wickets.

Two batsmen, in particular, were on form, with Greg Oldfield and Robbie Anderson both scoring tons. Oldfield also had scores of 94, 88 and 81, making him the top batsman of the tour,

Westville was the top side at the Cape Schools week, winning all four games, three of which were declaration games. Rondebosch was the only other school that was unbeaten, but they drew two matches.

Westville beat Grey HS from Port Elizabeth, always a strong side, annihilated Dale College by 221 runs, beat the hosts Union HS and in the 50-over match, beat Selborne in a high-scoring game.

Dudu Zondo, Westville captain, was awarded the batsman of the week, after scores of 35, 75 and 65, and Kyle Simmonds as all-rounder of the week. In three matches, he captured three wickets and was undefeated twice on scores of 67 and 89. Westville was also awarded the team of the week.

It was a pity that no play was possible between Hilton and Maritzburg College on Saturday, as College was particularly keen on reversing the Saturday result from the first term. Hilton had also won in the first round of the Sunfoil Night League, with College having just one win in a T20 game, a semi-final of the Inland Region of the CSA competition. (On Saturday, it was inadvertently stated that College had lost in the final of the Sunfoil league. This game was rained out and the trophy was shared for 2012).

A noteworthy performance was two U14 opening bats against College on Saturday, when they were together in an opening stand of 213. Jano van Zyl was out, but Angus Curtis went on to reach his ton and take Hilton’s score to 293 for one in 50 overs. Hilton then bowled College out for 175 to record a good win. Curtis also scored an unbeaten 100 against College during the first term.

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