MICHAELHOUSE had their basketball, cricket and waterpolo sides and canoeists in action this weekend. BASKETBALL The Michaelhouse basketball machine denied Clifton College a maiden first team victory with a comprehensive 56-45 win. The open age group won all their fixtures. CANOE Michaelhouse’s first U16 canoeists Sam Butcher, Ross Leslie, Chase Leisegang and Jack Edmonds took second to fifth places overall in the Interschools Lions River Race on Saturday.On Sunday Ross Leslie and Chase Leisegang raced to first place (9th overall) in the U18 K2 category of the Umpetha Challenge from Camps Drift to Bishopstowe. Jack Shooter and Reuben Baldry paddled to a win in the U16 K2 category. Connor Leisegang and Max von Klemperer paddled K1s and finished second and third respectively in the U16 event. CRICKET Michaelhouse’s third and fourth XIs won by nine and 10 wickets respectively. Rex le Sueur (45) and Alexander Vermeulen (48 off 43) helped to set Clifton College’s second XI a target of 250, but Ayanda Cele choked off the runs with his 4/30 in 6.5 overs as Clifton were skittled for 109. House’s first XI skipper, Ben Rebeck, won the toss and sent Clifton in to bat. His boys bowled well restricting the hosts to a meagre 179/9 in 50 overs. House’s tail-enders demonstrated a little resolve, but they fell 26 runs short. WATERPOLO Michaelhouse’s first team played away at St Stithians in Johannesburg where they recorded a great 9-3 win over Parktown. Nail-biters against DHS (8-9) and Pretoria Boys’ High (6-7) were followed by heavier losses to St Andrew’s, Grahamstown (3-10) and St David’s (3-12).• Murray Witherspoon is the marketing manager at Michaelhouse.