Visiting teams get the better of KZN

2012-10-09 00:00

THE 53rd Michaelmas Week did not go well for either the hosts or most of the KZN schools. It was dominated by three of the Gauteng schools — King Edwards, Affies, Pretoria BHS and Grey College from Bloemfontein. This was arguably one of the better showings by visiting teams.

It is not a tournament where there is a winner, but no sport at this level will be played where winning is not the main objective. The fact that all the matches were played over 50 overs a side means that there will be a winner unless the weather intervenes. All four days had sun from start to finish, so all 36 games had a winner.

The four schools mentioned above won all four of their matches, mostly by convincing margins. Only in one game did Kes bat to number eight in their order when they batted first against Hilton. On the relatively small Barnes ground, they scored 344 for six, the top score of the week and won by 140 runs. In the other three matches they batted second and won by 10, eight and nine wickets, respectively, against Glenwood, DHS and Westlake from New Zealand.

Affies won by 63 runs against Hilton, seven wickets against Northwood, eight wickets against hosts Maritzburg College and 90 runs against the KZN Development XI. Pretoria Boys’ had one of their most successful weeks, winning by 86 runs against Northwood, 96 runs against Maritzburg College, 148 runs against the KZN Development XI and seven wickets against Clifton.

Grey College had one fairly tight game where they won by 27 runs against Glenwood, but won the others by six wickets, 10 wickets and 59 runs against Westlake, St Charles and Northwood, respectively.

The best of the KZN sides were DHS, Glenwood and Clifton, who all won two of their four games. DHS beat Hudson Park and St Albans in the last two matches. Glenwood, after a poor start, won their second and last match against St Davids and Hudson Park, respectively. Clifton started well, winning their first two matches against Hudson Park and a convincing eight-wicket win against St Stithians, but lost the last two.

The lists below of batsmen who scored over 75 runs or bowlers who captured four wickets or more are spread over all the grounds showing that they were generally well prepared, giving chances to both bat and ball. Twelve of the top 15 scores were posted by the visitors, showing their dominance. The bowling was more equitable with half of the 16 best performances from KZN teams.

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