Weekend wins for top sides not so predictable

2011-11-12 00:00

THE penultimate Saturday of the 2011 school year sees three major school cricket games of particular interest. After last Saturday where three of the top four sides in the province lost their matches, predictions seem foolhardy.

The interest in the midlands will be at Hilton where they host St Charles. The latter lost against all predictions to Clifton last weekend.

As this is their last match of the year, they will want to end on a winning note.

Home side Hilton had a good win against Northwood in Durban and this will give them more confidence for their last two matches.

The damp weather has not allowed much pitch preparation and thus winning the toss could be a major factor in the final outcome.

A number of Hilton batsmen have been in the runs recently and will want to ensure some good partnerships. It was the St Charles bowling that arguably let the side down last week and an improvement is likely to be seen today.

Glenwood has emerged as one of the top sides in the province and they play against Kearsney on Dixon’s, their home ground.

Kearsney fell apart last Saturday and unless they show greater determination today, they will likely face another defeat. Glenwoood has a good balance, both in the bowling and batting departments and will be difficult to beat.

Michaelhouse need to be at their best as they face Westville away from home. Westville will be very confident after their win against Maritzburg College last Saturday.

The Michaelhouse bowlers did well enough against Glenwood, but it was the batting that let them down. If the batsmen can get it right then it should be a good competitive match.

Northwood host the KZN Invitation side from the development areas and should have a relatively easy game.

Selected fixtures in brief: Hilton vs. St Charles; Glenwood vs. Kearsney; Westville vs. Michaelhouse; Northwood vs. KZN Invitation XI; Pinetown vs. Northwood II; Treverton vs. Carter; George Campbell vs. Thomas More; Voortrekker vs. Wartburg; Howick vs. Ixopo; Grosvenor vs. Kloof; Kingsway vs. Port Shepstone.

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