Westville’s field too far

2014-10-07 00:00

THEY played hard and they played to win, but it was not meant to be for Westville Boys’ High School’s cricketers.

The lads represented the Dolphins at the U19 Coca-Cola T20 Schools Cricket Challenge national finals from Friday to Sunday last week at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria, coming unstuck against some highly polished opposition.

Having won the KwaZulu-

Natal title — and therefore secured the right to represent the Dolphins at the finals — Westville played five matches, but were unable to do enough to take the spoils in any of them.

There was some tough opposition — St Stithians representing the Lions; Waterkloof Hoërskool the Titans; Kingswood College the Warriors; Grey College the Knights and Wynberg Boys’ High the Cobras.

Playing a morning and an afternoon match on the first two days of the tournament, Westville’s first test was against the eventual winners St Stithians who romped to a strong eight-wicket win.

SA U18 batsman Ryan Rickleton, who enjoyed a solid three days’ work, started well with an unbeaten 50 to see his side home.

Another challenging assignment awaited Westville in the afternoon game as they came up against Grey College, this time going down by five wickets. Alexander Whitelaw contributed 42 to Westville’s cause, but they went to bed after the first day looking ahead to getting their first win on Friday.

Unfortunately, they came up against a rampant Waterkloof outfit who surged to what remained the highest score of the three days, an impressive 217-1. Evan Jones smashed an unbeaten 114 and it was always going to be a tough ask for Westville who were never a threat in being bowled out for 130 in 19.3 overs.

It got tougher for Westville in the afternoon against Wynberg, the KZN side’s batting woes continuing as they only mustered 96 in their 20 overs. Wynberg reached the target in 13.4 overs to win by six wickets and secure a bonus point for good measure.

Despite the cricket world turning on them, Westville still had their final match to play against Kingswood College on Sunday and had saved their best for last in an entertaining clash that saw the Eastern Cape side win by six wickets with one ball remaining, chasing 202 to win.

Undoubtedly, the highlight was Whitelaw’s 108, an innings that should have seen his side home. It was not meant to be, but the Westville team would have gleaned some valuable lessons from the three days as their domestic season gets under way.

St Stithians went all the way, beating Waterkloof by nine wickets in the final to secure their first title and first for the Lions franchise.

They remained unbeaten, dealing with Grey College by 63 runs in their final pool game on Sunday and, having beaten Waterkloof by 49 runs on day one, repeated the dose when it mattered most.

The final was an anti-climax, Waterkloof was bowled out for a miserly 75 in 18 overs, a total knocked off by Saints in 11 overs.

Ricardo Vasconcelos did the damage with 42* from 33 balls, ably supported by Marques Ackerman on 20*.

Player of the tournament was Kingswood College’s Marcus Lombard who amassed 237 runs in five innings at 79.

Besides Whitelaw’s century, Rickleton, Jones and Lombard also reached three figures.

For their efforts, Saints received R110 000.

Day One Results

Westville 137-6 (Koen 30) St Stithian’s 138-2 (Rickleton 50*, Ackerman 44). Saints won by 8wkts

Kingswood 105 (Terblanche 3-21; Raseleka 3-28) Waterkloof 106-5 (Malan 30, Raseleka 24). Waterkloof won by 5wkts (26 balls remaining)

Wynberg 131-6 (Ekstrom 28; Victor 2-18) Grey College 132-4 (Van Tonder 47). Grey won by 6wkts (one ball remaining)

Saints 146-7 (Watson 40; Bester 3-23) Waterkloof 97 (Kok 32; Watson 3-12).

Saints won by 49 runs

Kingswood 194-2 (Lombard 110*, Kruger 46*) Wynberg 112 (Holgate 55; Braans 2-15). Kingswood won by 82 runs

Westville 148-7 (Whitelaw 42; De Klerk 3-14) Grey College 149-5 (Durrow 50*; Koen 2-7). Grey won by 5wkts

Day Two Results

Kingswood 119-9 (Hertz 37; Coetzee 3-16, Durrow 2-12) Grey College 120-3 (Bezuidenhout 97*). Grey won by 7wkts (32 balls remaining)

Saints 177-7 (Mulder 63; Ekstroom 2-42) Wynberg 129-9 (Christensen 31; Scholtz 2-21, Beauchamp 2-28). Saints won by 87 runs

Waterkloof 217-1 (Jones 114*, Raseleka 77*) Westville 130 (Whitelaw 38; Bester 2-24; Ludick 2-22). Waterkloof won by 87 runs

Grey College 115-9 (Victor 32; Vorstman 2-23) Waterkloof 116-7 (Malan 49,

Ludick 41; De Klerk 3-22). Waterkloof won by 3wkts (7 balls remaining)

Saints 214-3 (Rickleton 102, Ackerman 42, Vasconcelos 37) Kingswood 95-9 (Beauchamp 2-10, Glover 1-5). Saints won by 119 runs

Westville 96 (Anthony 3-24, Kriel 3-10) Wynberg 97-4 (Lord 45*; Vermaak 2-15).

Wynberg won by 6wkts (38 balls remaining)

Day Three Results

Saints 157-9 (Mulder 62; Swanepoel 3-27) Grey College 94-9 (Beauchamp 2-18, Ackerman 2-16). Saints won by 63 runs

Westville 201-5 (Whitelaw 108, Kerr 59; Hertz 3-39) Kingswood 202-4 (Lombard 86, Kruger 42, Haller 40). Kingswood won by 6wkts (one ball remaining)

Waterkloof 190-3 (Jones 87, Ludick 42) Wynberg 63 (Grobler 4-6). Waterkloof won by 127 runs


Waterkloof 75 (Vorstman 27; Beauchamps 3-12, Glover 2-11, Scholtz 2-4) Saints 78-1 (Vasconcelos 42*, Ackerman 20*). Saints won by 9wkts.

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