Top school cricket to watch

2013-10-05 00:00


MOST of the top schools’ cricket action is taking place in the Midlands today, where three of the five matches are being played. The other two are at Westville and Kearsney.

Nine of the top 10 schools were involved in Michaelmas Week and it was Michaelhouse that had the best KZN results, with four wins in four matches. Today they host Glenwood in a match that will be keenly contested. Both schools are missing a key player who is representing the South African U19 team in India: Greg Oldfield from Michaelhouse, and Andile Phehlu­kwayo from Glenwood.

The Durban lads obviously missed their SA player at Michaelmas Week more than Michaelhouse did theirs, as Michaelhouse managed well without Oldfield. The latter missed a number of games in the first term when he was either playing for his country or injured.

Phehlukwayo is an important cog in the Glenwood side, particularly with his bowling, and this must make the Midlands side favourites in the clash on the Roy Gathorne Oval.

The top two teams in the capital clash on Goldstones, where Maritzburg College will host St Charles. The latter did not have a successful Michaelmas Week as they lost all four games.

College won one game, tied another, had one loss and a no result in a game stopped by bad light.

During the first term, College won one game between the two schools in the Sunfoil series and lost a T20 game. This does give some idea of the rivalry that will be experienced in today’s game. On present form, College should edge their opponents out.

The third match is at Hilton, where they host DHS. The Durban side won two of their four games, while Hilton won just one, losing the other three. Hilton has also been weakened by the loss of their opening bowler, Lungi Ngidi, who is another player in India. The game will be tightly contested and with home-ground advantage it could go Hilton’s way.

Westville, after three wins and a loss at Michaelmas Week, will host Northwood, who lost three games, but won against Grey College.

Westville have a well-balanced unit and playing at home will make them favourites today.

Kearsney will not find Clifton an easy game today. Clifton went on tour to Pretoria at the end of last term, where they had a good win against Menlopark. Kearsney won only one match at Michaelmas and lost against Grey College. If Clifton can bowl the young Kearsney team out cheaply, they could well cause an upset.

Selected fixtures: Michaelhouse vs Glenwood, Maritzburg College vs St Charles, Hilton vs DHS, Westville vs Northwood, Kearsney vs Clifton, Kloof vs Howick, Carter vs Voortrekker, Weston vs M. College III, Grantleigh vs St Henry’s, Crawford NC vs Wartburg.

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