CRICKETSt Charles College vs Michaelhouse at The Oval, SCC on January 28WITH some hot weather during the week the St Charles College ground staff prepared an excellent wicket for our fixture against Michaelhouse — a fair contest between bat and ball. St Charles College won the toss and elected to bat first. After a relatively slow start the goal was to get through the new ball and then pick up the run rate with their strong middle order and long batting tail. St Charles College eventually amassed 203 off their allotted 50 overs, a score they were happy with, and confident they could defend.In reply, Michaelhouse were soon in trouble at 13 for two and again at 80 for four. However, with their star batsman still at the crease they were always in the game and if he batted to the end there was only going to be one winner, and that is exactly what happened. An exceptional innings of 115 not out saw Michaelhouse home with three balls to spare. It was an innings packed with class and maturity, and for those who were fortunate enough to watch the innings would have thought they had seen a future South African cricket star. St Charles College will be disappointed they couldn’t defend 203. Their fielding let them down on the day and there were too many boundary deliveries against quality batsman. In saying that, let’s take nothing away from an exceptional innings that was the difference between the two sides. SCORES:SCC 203/9 (Spangenburg 40)MHS 204/5 (Gilson 115*)BASKETBALLSt Charles College v Michaelhouse at SCCSt Charles College put their unbeaten streak on the line this weekend when they took on Michaelhouse. Michaelhouse, whose only previous loss this season was against St Charles College, looked to return the favour of last term’s defeat. The game was tightly contested with Michaelhouse holding a slim lead after the first half. Michaelhouse remained calm throughout and executed a well devised game plan to perfection and extended their lead to 15 points with eight minutes remaining in the game. With their backs against the wall, the Saints team were forced into an aggressive man defence, which ultimately turned the game on its head. With a number of steals in the half-court, the Saints were able to run in a number of easy lay-ups and begin applying pressure late in the game. With the added confidence and the home crowds support the Saints shooters found their rhythm and managed to knock down some long distance attempts in the closing minutes and ultimately ran away with a seven-point victory, 63-56. Both teams are to be commended on the level of skill as well as the spirit in which the game was played. St Charles College take on Glenwood on Saturday. — Reporter.