THIS week saw Maritzburg College start some of their summer sports programme. There were waterpolo, cricket and basketball matches on the go, as well as athletics in the Menlo Park Trials at the local stadium. CRICKET 1st XI vs Hilton — T20:Last Tuesday College 1st XI took on a strong Hilton side at the varsity oval which saw the College boys come away with a well-deserved 27-run win. College won the toss and chose to bat first. Chad Fortmann was the pick of the batsmen with the score of 41. Mondli Khumalo was the pick of the bowlers (2/16 in four overs) and Michael King (1/5 in three overs).College also played 12 matches against Glenwood and won all 12.ST DAVID’S FESTIVAL:College’s 1st Cricket team travelled to Johannesburg to participate in the St David’s Cricket Festival where they played two matches, both ending in draws. The first game was against St Stithians and after winning the toss, Saints opted to bat and ended their 65 overs on 308/4.The College boys came out to bat and a partnership between captain Jacques van der Walt and opener Tristan Elam saw them end day one on 138/2. On day two, after a partnership of 184, Elam fell for a well-played 87. Van der Walt would end his innings on a superb 150, retiring hurt due to a back strain. College took a 44-run lead before declaring on 352/4. Saints came out to bat, getting to 235/3.College’s second game of the festival was against St John’s. The local school won the toss and forced the opposition, who went on to post a mammoth 424/6 after their 70 overs, to bat first. The pick of the College bowlers was seamer Dean Dyer (3/83). College then set out to put in a similar performance with the bat on a good wicket.They finished day one with the score on 117/3 and started day two poorly, getting bowled out for 273 — 151 runs behind the St John’s 1st innings total. College threw away wickets at regular intervals and were reeling at 15/4. Chad Fortmann (27 not out) managed to see out the last over of the day to earn a draw out of the game. BASKETBALL Due to late cancellations, many of College’s matches were internal ones and were used as trials for many of the coaches. However, there were seven filler games played against St Charles. College’s 1st team played a match against a team made up of players who play for various clubs in and around Maritzburg and lost 64-43. WATERPOLO The U14A and B, U15A and 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams played against Glenwood earlier in the week. There were good wins for the U15A and U14A with the U14B drawing their game. The 3rd, 2nd and 1st teams all secured good wins, with College winning five of the six matches played. ATHLETICS College boys took part in the KZN and Menlo Park Trials over the weekend. A highlight was Neo Mosebi’s win in the U15 100 m in a record time of 10,94. CYCLING College won the Spur School Series and posted some excellent results overall as well as in the fourth round held over the weekend. Overall Daniel van der Walt was 1st in the Youth U16 category while Nic Burczak was 1st in the Youth U15 category.• Sally Upfold is the marketing manager of Maritzburg College.