Tough outing for SA Schools

2012-12-24 00:00

AFTER five days of cricket, the SA Schools XI and the SA Colts XI found it difficult against the North West provincial side and invitation team respectively. There were, however, some good individual performances from the U19 players.

Diego Rosier (Noordkaap) won the toss and elected to bat, but the SA Schools team were in trouble, losing their top four batsmen in the first 16 overs, with just 52 on the board. Jason Smith (Wynberg) and Vasili Orros (Grey College) repaired the damage, adding 100 runs in 111 balls for the 5th wicket. They were all out for 220 with four balls remaining. Dieter Klein with four for 33 did most of the earlier damage.

Daryn Dupavillon (Maritzburg College) had a slight muscle strain and was advised to rest ahead of the Cubs U19 tournament taking place in early January, so the schoolboys were missing the ‘Player of the Tournament’. North West got off to an opening partnership of 144 between Rassie van der Dussen (69) and K Rapulana (79) to pass their target with six wickets in hand in the 39th over.

Two KZN players, Greg Oldfield (Michaelhouse) and Craig Kirsten (Kearsney), captured a wicket each, with Orros being the top performer after his batting, taking two wickets.

The North West Invitation XI made 210 for six, with Marchant Genis top scoring with 73, before he left the field retired hurt and Ludwig Roos making 57. Kagiso Rabada (St Stithians) and Kyle Simmonds (Westville) were the best of the Colt’s bowlers with a brace of wickets each.

David Bedingham (Wynberg), captain of the Colts XI, led from the front, top scoring with 44 and only Corbin Bosch (Pretoria BHS) with a late 30, scored more than 15 with the bat.

J Gericke started the wickets falling and spinner O Ramaboao finished off the Colts as they were bowled out in the 45th over for 157.

Individual KZN players appeared frequently in the statistics of the week. Robbie Anderson from Michaelhouse must count himself very unlucky not to have been selected for either side, as he topped the batting averages and scored the second highest number of runs over the five days. Oldfield was third in the number of runs scored and sixth in the averages. Simmonds was fourth in the averages as he, like Anderson, had three not outs.

Simmonds, with a strike rate of 99, was sixth, with the five above him having better than a run-a-ball strike rates. Oldfield had a strike rate of 92 and he was ninth in this category. Tyler Trenoweth (DHS) was fifth with a strike rate of 101.

There were only four centuries scored, of which Oldfield scored one and was out on 99. Top score was 128 by Gideon Bruwer (Noordkaap) against KZN Inland. Senuran Muthusamy (Clifton) had an equal eighth best score of 89 which came on the last day.

Dupavillon captured 17 wickets over the five days, with fellow College player Sohail Mahmoud capturing 14. Dupavillon also topped the bowling averages with an average of 6.52 and was the most economical bowler, going for 2.65 runs per over. No other KZN bowler was in the top 10 of either of these lists.

The four best bowling performances in an innings went to KZN Inland players.

Dupavillon had the two best: 7-18 in 6.5 overs against North West and 6-27 in 13 overs against Griquas. His figures against North West go down as the best ever at this prestiguous week. Mahmoud had the third best performance, taking 6-43 in 13 overs against Boland. Luc Maingard (Hilton) took 5-13 in 4.2 overs against Eastern Province.

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