Wet, cold weather wreaks havoc on cricket fixtures

2011-11-01 00:00

A DAMP week caused some school cricket games on Saturday to be cancelled as very little pitch preparation could take place.

The worst affected was Kearsney where the match against St Charles was cancelled on Friday. Carter also cancelled the match against Weston and the match at Hilton was moved from their main oval to the adjacent ground.

The two midland’s matches saw Durban High School winning their first match this season against the unpredictable Michaelhouse and Maritzburg College with an emphatic win against Hilton.


Michaelhouse vs Durban high school

Michaelhouse, a little like the French rugby side, just did not bat to their potential on Saturday. Winning the toss and asking DHS to take first knock appeared the right decision, as they captured two wickets in the first three overs. Thereafter Taariq Booley began building the innings. He was in two 50-run partnerships, first with Diaan Kotze and then with Byron Bosch. When he was the fourth wicket to fall for a patient­ 68 scored in 140 balls, the score was on 118.

There were no further meaningful partnerships as the Michaelhouse bowlers did well to have their visitors all out in the 49th over for 170. Andrew Stephens and Chris Brits were the pick with three wickets apiece. A feature was the four catches by Kyle Pyne-James behind the stumps.

The home side would have fancied their chances of reaching the target but they started disastrously, losing both openers, without scoring, in the first two overs. They attempted to restore the innings taking their total to 81-3 at the half-way stage. Shortly after tea two further wickets fell, including Cameron Macaskill, who had helped to stablise the batting making 31 in 85 balls.

The fragile lower middle order collapsed and other than a quick-fire 30 in 26 balls by David Brill, the others did not reach double figures and they were all out for 127 in the 44th over. John Grewar was the most successful DHS bowler with three wickets for 44 in his 10 overs.

DHS 170 (Booley 68, Bosch 39, Stephens 3/18, Brits 3/15)

Michaelhouse 127 (Macaskill 31, Brill 30, Grewar 3/44)

DHS won by 43 runs.


Hilton vs Maritzburg College

Hilton won the toss and predictably asked College to bat first as the grass on the outfield had a lot of moisture on it. Calvin Savage made an early breakthrough. Tim Fainsinger batted confidently taking the score to 71 before he was the fourth wicket to fall in the 21st over. Hilton captain Jason Shield was joined by Tom Curran, who has been their most successful batsman this term, but he did not last long.

When Shield was the seventh wicket to fall on 128, having scored 50, the writing was on the wall and Savage and Andy Charters, with three wickets each, had the home side all back in the pavilion for 143 in the 43rd over.

With the quick outfield having dried out and a good batting pitch, it took College just more than 25 overs to score the runs for the loss of just one wicket. Kewan Harries (67* in 77 balls) and Gareth Orr (53* in 44 balls) entertained with some sparkling batting.

These two batsmen have enjoyed playing against Hilton this year as in both matches played, they have not been out. Harries has scored 126 and 67 and Orr 104 and 53.

Hilton 143 (Fainsinger 25, Shield 50, Savage 3/20, Charters 3/24)

College 144-1 (Harries 67*, Orr 53*)

College won by nine wickets.


Glenwood vs Northwood

Northwood were sent in to bat by the home side and they got off to a brisk start reaching 30 in the first five overs. Once wickets started falling it was all downhill and it was the Glenwood spinners who kept the bowling tight for the rate to fall rapidly­.

Dale Moolman and Bevan Williams were the top scorers. Javier­ Frost was the best bowler, taking four wickets for 31 in his 10 overs. Northwood were pegged down to 171-9 in the 50 overs.

Frost and Mishkal Ramsaroop again got Glenwood off to a good start, their third match in succession where the opening partnership has been over 80.

This time they added 92 in 96 balls. Ramsaroop was out for 40, but Frost carried his bat making 83 in their six-wicket win. Jason Forge took two wickets for just eight runs.

This has been Northwood’s first loss this season after some good results, particularly the win against St Charles.

Glenwood continue on their upward trend.

Northwood 171-9 (Moolman 31, Williams 30, Frost 4/31)

Glenwood 174-4 (Ramsaroop 40, Frost 83*)

Glenwood won by six wickets.

Clifton vs Port Shepstone

Clifton is not yet a top-tier school so they still play a number of games against lower schools. The difference between the better schools and the second tier was well illustrated by Clifton’s annihilation against Port Shepstone.

Star of the match was Senuran Muthusamy, who made an undefeated century and took three wickets­. Ben Compton just missed his century and Cameron Weir captured a fifer.

Clifton 291-1 (Muthusamy 125*, Compton 96*, Masojada 55)

Port Shepstone 87 (Weir 5/8, Muthusamy 3/39)

Clifton won by 204 runs

Other scores in brief:

Howick 181 (Foster 88)

Voortrekker 137 (Mortimer 5/20)

Howick won by 44 runs

St Henrys 92

Hillcrest 93-1 (Pole 34)

Hillcrest won by nine wickets.

Thomas More 82

Pinetown 83-5

Pinetown won by five wickets.

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