SATURDAY saw the return of the City Derby between St Charles College and Maritzburg College, with fixtures in cricket and basketball.
The basketball game earlier in the year ended in dramatic fashion with Maritzburg College claiming a one-point victory. With that loss still fresh in the memory of the St Charles College team, they travelled to College with something to prove. The game started well for the Saints, through excellent play from James Laynes and Bradley Harris, and they built a comfortable 11-point lead. The second half, however, belonged to College with both James and Bradley sitting on the bench with foul trouble and a barrage of successful three-point shots, College took the lead by one point with under two minutes to play. With the pressure on, the return of the two big men for Saints saw James get a huge offensive putback to give the lead back to St Charles College, who were then able to win the match by 59-54.
The Saints First XI cricket team went across town hunting their third successive victory over city rivals Maritzburg College.
Winning the toss and batting first, the Saints were under attack from star KZN Inland U19 bowler, Mondli Khumalo. However, at 19/3, the introduction of Jason Login (102) and Wessly Madhevere (57) swiftly turned defence into attack and the tide changed in favour of the visitors with their 154-run partnership. Wess (57) combined some genius strokeplay with bludgeoning attacking shots and set up this wonderful partnership scored at an alarming run rate. The Saints were bowled out for 205. In reply College got off to a rollicking start, scoring 70 off the first 10 overs. It was the introduction of the spinners that turned the game around and four quick wickets saw the game turn on its head. It was Jason in on the action once more, showing great skill this time with the ball, leaving College captain stranded, stumped, and the game on a knife-edge with College needing 67 runs to win off 16 overs. Unfortunately, rain and lightning curtailed what was heading towards a dramatic finish.
In other news, St Charles College have won all their pool games in the CSA Schools T20 challenge and move into the quarter-finals, which take place next year.
• Rowan Irons is the head of sports at St Charles College.