Scores to settle over half-term

2010-10-23 00:00

THE four boys-only independent schools are taking a half-term break today, and there are only two major matches being played. There will also be interest in a number of other keenly contested matches. Players will be hoping for a full day’s cricket after most games were rained off last Saturday afternoon.

Glenwood travel to the capital this morning, to take on Maritzburg College. Glenwood have been unlucky with the conditions and they have not played a match since Michaelmas Week. College have played four games, and although they lost narrowly against both Kearsney and the Nicky Oppenheimer’s XI, they won comfortably against Michaelhouse on Tuesday evening and were denied a win by the weather against St Charles last Saturday.

It was incorrectly reported that the match had been called off when College had reached 40 without loss in pursuit of the target of 148 set by St Charles. They were actually on 130, with seven wickets in hand, when umpires called off play.

College’s major strength lies in the batting of the top order, and with captain Jarryd Walsh back in form after scoring a half- century on Saturday and a ton against Michaelhouse, College will look to bat Glenwood out of the game.

The visitors also have some handy batsmen, but they will hope that their successful bowling attack will prevent College from posting a big score. It is unlikely that Glenwood will be bowled out cheaply again, as they were at the end of the first term.

The major game in the Durban area is at Westville where they are hosting DHS. The home side have struggled this term with two wins from seven matches played.

Two weeks ago they tied with Clifton, a match that they should have won.

DHS will be the more confident team after some good performances, particularly this term. Their captain, Nathan Poole, also captain of the under 19 KZN Coastal team, is astute and he will attempt to out-think Sashlin Reddy, the Westville captain, as he did in the drawn match during the first term, where DHS were in the ascendancy.

Howick, after a fabulous first term and a tight game against DHS this season, have disappointed in their last two matches, losing against both St Charles and College 2nd XIs. To do well they need their senior players to fire and, if they fail, the team are mediocre. Today they travel to play Clifton in Durban, hoping for a turn-around in their fortunes.

Northwood have lost both matches played this term — against Hilton and Michaelhouse — but they should regain some confidence against hosts Thomas More. The latter have done well against the second-tier schools, but will likely struggle today.

Traditional rivals Kloof and Hillcrest meet for the second time this year and the visiting side, Hillcrest, will hope to reverse the first term result, where Kloof won by two wickets.

Selected fixtures (home side first): Maritzburg College v Glenwood; Westville v DHS; Clifton v Howick; Thomas More v Northwood; Kloof v Hillcrest; Weston v Carter; Crawford NC v Crawford LL; Treverton v Voortrekker; Linpark v ML Sultan; Alexandra v Dunveria; Wembley v Wartburg.

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