Top cricket in the Midlands

2013-10-19 00:00

THERE are four matches involving schools in the top 10 today, as Kearsney and St Charles are taking their half-term break. Two of the matches are in the Midlands and the other two are in Durban. The weather forecast for today and the drizzle over the past two days does not favour cricket, but hopefully some matches will get under way.

The result of the match at Glenwood, where they are hosting Westville, will generate much interest. They played a T20 against one another during the first term, which Westville won by eight wickets. Since then, Glenwood have won most of their games and they will be hoping their U19 SA star, Andile Phehlukwayo, will have a good all-round performance.

Westville have lost just one match, but this was at Michaelmas Week against Affies. All KZN sides have been swept aside and with a well-balanced unit, they will be attempting to maintain their good record. Luke Schlemmer has led the side with distinction and has established himself as one of the prime spin bowlers in the province. Nick Pentz has seldom failed with the bat this season and if both these two players perform to their normal standard, another win will be on the cards.

Another SA U19 player, Greg Oldfield, will be playing for Michaelhouse, on Goldstones at Maritzburg College. Michaelhouse have been an in-form team this season and this form will make them hard to beat.

College lacked confidence in their ability during the first term, but this season it has been different and they could cause a surprise. The game in the first term between the two schools played to a draw.

The third SA U19 player from KZN, Lungi Ngidi, will hope to do better for his side, Hilton, when they host Northwood. Hilton have had a disappointing season, with just one win in six matches played. Northwood have not done much better, with just two wins in their seven games played. With home-ground advantage, Hilton are probably favourites.

DHS have a home game against Clifton and while the home side is expected to win, Clifton have the better record, particularly with a surprise win over DHS on the first Saturday of the year. A feature is the inconsistency of the DHS players, but if they do play to their potential, it will be a tough game for Clifton.

Selected fixtures: Glenwood vs Westville, College vs Michaelhouse, Hilton vs Northwood, DHS vs Clifton, Hillcrest vs Thomas More, Treverton vs Voortrekker, Weston vs Howick, Pinetown vs Kloof, Crawford L.L. vs Kingsway.

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