Westville take Kearsney and College outshine Northwood

2015-02-24 00:00

THIS weekend was fairly quiet on the schools’ cricket front, with many schools having their mid-term break.

Hilton College were in Stellenbosch representing the Dolphins at the National T20 final where they could hold their heads high, having reached the final only to lose off the final ball to the Titans ­(Menlo Park).

Tyron Koen inspired Westville Boys’ High to victory against Kearsney, Clifton and DHS played out a draw and ­Maritzburg College proved too strong for Northwood.

Kearsney vs Westville

Playing at Kearsney, the hosts called correctly and surprisingly opted to bat on a green wicket with plenty of grass.

After 16 overs, they had their backs to the wall, slumping to 25-5 with Westville skipper Koen doing the damage with four wickets in five overs.

He ripped through Kearsney’s top order using the conditions brilliantly to produce some unplayable deliveries.

James Tedder was the only batsman to offer some resistance, reaching a superb undefeated 70 in trying conditions, giving the bowlers something to have a go at.

A total of 147 never quite seemed enough but the runs were on the board and Westville had to get them. Koen ­ended with 5-23 in 10 overs and Blake ­Alston-Stewart bagged 3-21. Westville were also assisted by keeper Jack Reinbach who enjoyed a productive innings behind the stumps, taking two game-changing catches, including a dive full length to snaffle the ball in one hand.

Kearsney struck early, sending Kiashen Govender (2) packing, bringing the ­in-form Craig Schlemmer to the wicket. He showed his intent from the start, getting off the mark with a crunching cover drive as he added 25 with Luke Bowman.

At 40-2, Westville still had some work to accomplish and Koen was the man for the job. Having already done the business with the ball, he was quickly into his stride with bat in hand.

As Kearsney used their inexperienced, back-up bowlers and the weather began to close in, Koen changed gears, reaching a classy half century.

He ended undefeated on 75 from 80 balls and with Bowman (31) set Westville on the path to victory, reaching 150-6 with 12 overs of the 50-over clash remaining.

Kearsney 146 (J. Tedder 70*, Koen 5-23;

Alston-Stewart 3-21)

Westville 150-6 (Koen 75*, Bowman 31; Rencken 3-21)

Westville won by four wickets.

DHS vs Clifton

Played at DHS, Clifton batted first and grafted to 156 all out. Zakariya Paruk and Aaron Paul were the only batsmen to offer any resistance as they contributed 53 and 35 respectively. Dylan Bryan was DHS’s best bowler with 3-31.

In reply, DHS were within touching ­distance of winning when the umpires called bad light. At 143-5 they surely had the match wrapped up but it was not to be. Matthew Noot looked good for his 51 and Dylan Coskey added 45. For Clifton, ­Hayden Burmeister took 3-25.

Clifton 156 (Paruk 53, Paul 35; Bryan 3-31)

DHS 143-5 (Noot 51, Coskey 45; Burmeister 3-25)

Match drawn (bad light).

College vs Northwood

College had no trouble dealing with their neighbours from Durban, getting home by eight wickets.

Played at a windy Northwood, College skipper Bryce Tullis called correctly and asked the hosts to bat. David Small and Jean de Wet built early pressure and when they got the breakthrough, it encouraged the change bowlers to follow suit.

Spinners Dylan Shepstone and Jiveshan Pillay got 3-48 between them and, backed by good fielding, College took a firm grip on proceedings.

Northwood’s final wicket fell in the 45th over, going all out for 115.

Batting before lunch, College openers Tullis and Matthew Dicks started ­carefully, reaching 19-0 at the break from seven overs.

Northwood’s bowlers stuck to the task, not making it easy for College as the 50 partnership was reached in the 15th over. With the clouds gathering, a message of urgency was relayed to the middle and the College batsmen had to put their foot down.

Dicks went for 25 after putting on 71 in 22 overs with Tullis, and De Wet, sent in up the order, added 31 with his skipper before he (De Wet) departed for 16 from 13 balls.

Tullis went on to his 50 and with Pillay, knocked off the final 14 runs needed in six balls, reaching 116-2 in 26 overs.

College scored their final 66 runs off 11 overs and Tullis was unbeaten on 61.

Northwood 115 (Small 3-32, Shepstone 2-22,

Diedericks 1-9)

College 116-2 (Tullis 61*, Dicks 25)

College won by eight wickets.

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