Westville continue their winning ways against DHS

2013-10-15 00:00

WESTVILLE Boys’ High School’s first cricket team continued their winning ways at the weekend, adding DHS to the list of conquests.

Playing at DHS, Westville went away with a six-wicket win in a match that saw two in-form sides square up to each other.

Batting first after winning the toss, the hosts started cautiously, but any threatening partnership was nipped in the bud by Westville, who managed to take wickets with regularity. Bruce Kerr’s catch at short cover, with the ball coming like a bullet at height, changed the course of the game as DHS managed 126/9, with no batter dominating. Jason Oakes claimed four for 41 and Luke Schlemmer three for 12.

Going in to bat before lunch, Westville’s openers ensured no early wickets were forthcoming for DHS. After the break, the batsmen battled to come to terms with a pitch that assisted the bowlers, with in-form batsmen Nick Pentz and Schlemmer falling cheaply.

At 62-3, Westville could ill afford to lose more wickets and it was left to Alex White­law to steer them home with an undefeated 51 from 53 balls. He took the attack to the DHS bowlers and was rewarded for his approach. Jesse Smit was three not out when the win came. Westville reached 129-4 in 38.1 overs — slow going on a tricky pitch.

This weekend, Westville face another tough match, taking on the high-flying Glenwood outfit.

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