Underdogs College seize the moment

2012-01-17 00:00

THERE were just two games on the first Saturday of the term. Westville retained nine of the players who defeated Maritzburg College in the last match in 2011. Of the nine, Kyle Simmonds played for the KZN Coastals U19 team and Dudu Zondo, Luke Schlemmer and Nicholas Penz played in the U17 Coastal side.

College were definitely the underdogs after their poor display against a strong St David’s team at the beginning of last week.

At 96/2 in the 25th over, Westville would have been pleased with the situation. Schlemmer and debutant Thorne Prophet added 59 for the third wicket after Reagan Smith had taken two early wickets. Leg-spinner Mahmoud had Schlemmer caught for 28 to take Westville into tea at 96/3.

This gave College the momentum they needed. After the interval, Prophet was run out for 43, before two further wickets fell to have Westville reeling at 121/6.

They only added a further 49 runs in the last 14 overs, losing three more wickets. Mahmoud and Shaun Sinclair had bowled 19 overs of spin for just 41 runs and took three wickets between them. Westville had to be content with 170/9 in the allotted 50 overs.

A determined College unit started cautiously. Josh Rencken held the top order together to steer College to 78/3 after 30 overs. Westville’s spirits lifted when Rencken was the fifth wicket to fall on 64 off 127 balls. College still needed 34 runs in the last 10 overs.

With five overs remaining College had lost two further wickets and they still needed 18 runs for victory. Sinclair and Mahmoud stepped up to the plate and took College to a three wicket win with 14 balls remaining.

Scores in brief:

Westville 170-9 (Schlemmer 28, Prophet 43)

M College 172-7 (Rencken 64)

College won by three wickets

The other match was at Howick where they hos­ted the Glenwood U16A team.

Scores in brief:

Glenwood 176-5 (Munsami 37, Thaver 54*)

Howick 152 (van Jaarsveld 51, Urbach 3/23)

Glenwood U16A won by 24 runs

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