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Friday, 25 September 2009 14:19

Michaelmas Cricket Week: Day One

The weather held out and for the fiftieth time Maritizburg College hosted the Michaelmas Cricket Week which saw some of the country's finest school cricket teams taking the field and producing cricket of a very high standard with more than a couple of tight finishes...

DHS vs St. John's

DHS who many would argue have not been at the top of their game pushed their much more fancied opponents all the way but at the end narrowly went down to St. John's by a meager 4 runs. St. John's who were pegged back by some accurate bowling from Mgenge who finished with 3 wickets for only 15 runs and Curtis who also took 3 sticks for 43 runs, only managed to post the low score of 125. St. John's, Pryke (40 runs) and Workman (25 runs) proving to be the only real resistance to a good DHS attack. DHS would have been confident of getting the small total however they fell 4 runs short and didn't seem to have an answer to the spin of Devon Conway who stiffled any hopes that DHS would have had of winning but turning in figures of 5 for 21 runs. St John's won by 4 runs

 

 

Glenwood vs PBHS

Glenwood would have gone into this match relying heavily on their ace batsman Pillay to get them a competitive score against a Pretoria Boys side which seemed to be competent in all departments. Amassing 140 runs with Pillay (65 runs)  and Venter (33 runs) the main contributers Glenwood were never really in the hunt as Pretoria Boys, led by Leppan (75 runs) cantered past Glenwoods effort with 4 wickets in hand. PBHS won 4 wickets

 

Hilton vs Grey

To come up against Grey College in any sport one realises that it is going to take a major effort to defeat them. With good scores coming from Linde (40), Venter (35) and vd Spuy (27) Grey managed to get to 173 runs which many felt would be enough to beat Hilton College who had not yet hit their straps this season. However Hilton produced a spirited performance and worked hard to get close the Grey total. Attacking batting from Shield (43) and Taylor (39) brought Hilton to the brink of victory with only a boundary needed. Grey held their nerve and claimed the last Hilton wicket leaving Hilton just 3 runs short on 170 all out. Grey won by 3 runs

 

Kearsney vs Affies

Probably two sides which boast the most talent with the likes of Kaber (Affies) and Bowes (Kearsney) both playing in the recent Schools Composites side against the Sahara Legends this was sure to produce some top class cricket. Kaber set Affies off to a good start scoring 44 of his teams 145 runs. Kearsney have a very disciplined side and would have been pleased with their performance of limiting Affies to a relatively low score. Kearsney's man of the match Weidemann who was sublime with both bat and ball, taking 3 for 25 and top scoring with 56 not out made sure that KZN's top cricket side started the week with a good win. Kearsney reached 146 with 3 wickets in hand. Kearsney won by 3 wickets

 

Maritzburg College vs Hudson Park

Captained by Dean Pengelly fresh from being part of the victorious Combined Schools side who caused an upset and beat the Sahara All Stars one would have thought that Maritzburg College would be too good for Hudson Park. However Hudson Park put on a brave show being the first team in this years Michaelmas Week to set a target in excess of 200 runs. Finishing with 205 for 8 with some good contributions from Kala (44) and Koopman (42) it seemed that College would be in for a tough afternoon. However the College batters attacked the Hudson attack who seemed to bowl to short to batsmen who are enjoying a great season. Half centuries by Captain Pengelly (73 not out)  and Hendrie (54 not out) saw College to 206 for the loss of just 3 wickets and sent a message that they would be a very difficult team to beat at home. College won by 7 wickets

 

St Charles vs KES

KES batters enjoyed some lack lustre bowling from St. Charles and scored 222 runs for the loss of 8 wickets with half centuries scored by de Kock (60), Dickson (63) and Nofal (70). St. Charles who would have hoped for their star batsmen Hulett to fire never really seemed good enough falling 48 runs short of KES's total and were bundled out for 174 runs. KES won by 48 runs

 

Westville vs St Stithian's

The St.Stithian's bowler Faasen bowled a tight line claiming 3 wickets for just 33 runs and was the only Saints bowler to prove a threat to the Westville batters. A half century by Bhayle (60) saw Westville finish their 50 overs on 182 for 5. This score however was by no means adequate for St. Stithians who only lost 3 wickets on their way to surpassing Westville's score. Rodgers (68) and Cook (42) batted with ease against a bowling attack that posed few questions. St Stithian's won by 7 wickets

 

Michaelhouse vs St David's

Needing only 164 runs to win, Michaelhouse who had bowled and fielded very well never looked in trouble against what appeared to be a weak bowling attack. Michaelhouse star batsmen was there at the finish unbeaten on 88 steered his team to 165 run for 3 wickets and cantered home for an easy victory. Michaelhouse won by 7 wickets

 

 

Thursday, 24 September 2009 16:35

KZN Schools Cricket- Michaelmas Week

If the end of a bitterly cold KZN winter was not enough to cause excitement, the Michaelmas Cricket Week in Pietermaritzburg will ensure it.The KZN armada consists of DHS, Glenwood, Hilton, Kearsney, St. Charles, Maritzburg College, Westville & Michaelhouse.

Visitors to 'sleepy hollow' include the Johannesburg quartet of St. John's, St. David's, St. Stithian's and KES. Pretoria will provide Affies & Pretoria Boys, whilst Grey Bloem and Hudson Park (of East London) provides welcome provincial diversity.

To single out a few matches would do little justice to the intensely competitive fixture list; however a glance at a few matchups may serve to emphasize how tough a week it will prove to be.

Thursday 24 September: Hilton v Grey Bloem

A few schools produce Springboks, Proteas and Olympic Gold Medalists. What makes Grey College different? They produce them in bulk. They simply do not churn out average athletes.

Whilst Hilton has come off a four wicket loss to a talented Northwood team, there would be no better way to steady the ship than by defeating a powerhouse.

Friday 25 September: Michaelhouse v Affies

The boys from Balgowan stamped their authority on the KZN scene by thumping DHS by 10 wickets. They take this confidence to the Blue Bulls factory that has shown its depth in sporting codes by (relatively) recently producing the likes of AB De Villiers.

Keep an eye out for Hulbert, the Michaelhouse bowler fresh from a fiver against DHS (5-11).

Saturday 26 September: Glenwood High School v Hudson Park

Not much is known of Hudson Park, except that they famously produced the Ndungane twins and consistently holds their own against boys school opposition.

To be the only co-ed school attending the week says much for the esteem in which they are held. The Glenwood Green Machine is in itself a sporting power player and can never be underestimated. The beauty of this encounter lies in its unpredictability.

Sunday 27 September: Maritzburg College v St. Stithians

There is not much that has not been said about College. Their recent 8-wicket demolition of Clifton speaks volumes for their efficiency. St. Stithians will pose a far stiffer test for the men playing on their beloved Goldstones. Fireworks can be well expected.

All fixtures will begin at 09:30 and, should the weather play its part; no better way to spend the third term holidays could possibly be found. The standard of play is only matched by the abundance of choice. Whatever your flavour, the cricket will most certainly prove tantalizing.

Catch all the scores right here on South Africa's premier School Sports channel.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009 21:43

KZN Cricket Preview for Sat 19th

There can be no greater testament to the good health of schoolboy cricket than to view the result of the Sahara All-Star Twenty20 match played at St. Davids Inanda this weekend. The schoolboys came out on top against Protea opposition & relatively comfortably so. Granted, the spirit of the game was more festive than confrontational,...

Monday, 14 September 2009 12:43

KZN Cricket- Glenwood & Westville Start Strong

Saturday saw Cricket being played against Michaelhouse and the 1st XI enjoyed a hard-fought win over a strong and confident Michaelhouse XI. It was a close match and could have gone either way. On top of that, all of the A Teams also won and that is a fine achievement because it is not often that one can produce results like that against a strong cricketing school like Michaelhouse.

1st xi Cricket vs Hilton

Coming into the 1st game of the cricket season Westville's team was set back with a few injuries. With great overhead conditions and a good looking batting track Hilton won the toss and put themselves into bat. Bowling impressive lines Cody Gertze (3-27)maintained the pressure on the Hilton top order. Despite Mathews (35) and Slabbert (35) consolidating the innings with a reasonable partnership the Westville bowlers were able to restrict Hilton to only 172 runs.

The season has only just started with some big matches in store for the schools when the Nolands Cape Schools Cricket Week and the Michaelmas Cricket Week involves the top 30 school teams in the country. Stay connected to www.saschoolsports.co.za for all the updates.

Tuesday, 08 September 2009 19:10

KZN Kick Starts the Cricket Season

The end to a typically eventful schoolboy rugby season means the dusting off of cricket whites and the courteous carnage of modern-day cricket. Of course, the nature of the KZN climate means that many a summer's morning is spent with pitch covering taking preference over play. However, the recent pattern of affording relatively recent matriculants an opportunity in the Dolphins' squad suggests that not only is KZN schoolboy cricket incredibly competitive, but a visit to your nearest oval will likely bring forth action of a provincial standard.

Whilst both Kearsney and St. Charles are up in Joburg for the Sahara Twenty20 at St. David's, there are a few mouth-watering local prospects for the upcoming weekend

Westville v Hilton

09:30-17:30 @ Westville

 

Westville have seemingly become the factory where future Dolphins are developed. Names such as Cameron Delport and Khaya Zondo suggest that the success of the First XI rivals that of their impressive rugby and soccer programmes.They are however currently struggling with injury concerns, including captain Tim Spence currently feeling the effects of a knee injury, as well as Sachin Reddy fracturing his thumb.

Former Dolphins' opening batsman Doug Watson is of the opinion that much of the squad has the ability to move onto higher honours and is confident that a few boys will convert the promise shown in the first term.

A player to watch is Nabeel Bhayla, who has been a consistent performer with the bat.

With seemingly endless depth, one would be forgiven for thinking that Hilton have a tough day ahead of them. However they did claim the scalps of Kearsney and Grey Bloem in the 1st term and no day of cricket is a formality (just ask Australia how they found the Ashes).

 

With the Sharks out of town and the weather becoming more conducive to leaving the house, heading to Wandsbeck Road would be worthwhile entertainment.

 

Clifton v Northwood

The relative new boys in terms of high school sport, the ever-exciting Clifton will be looking to continue their climb up the ladder when they face the boys from Durban North.

Glenwood v Michaelhouse

The fight for supremacy doesn't end when the rugby posts are taken down. Expect fireworks between two schools whose recent competitive streak transcends a range of sporting codes.

After a five month wait, there is no doubt that the boys will be raring to go (particularly those in their final season of schoolboy cricket). The opening rounds of any season routinely bring exciting results. Expect the combined influence of pre-season twenty20 and passionate school spirit to not only produce high scoring contests, but also a possible upset or two.

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Wednesday, 02 September 2009 07:22

Dean Pengelly- College Cricket Captain

With the cricket season about to start we will be giving our full attention to the sport and profiling the various players and coaches from the top cricketing schools. To start this off we take a look at the Maritzburg College all rounder Dean Pengelly and hear from the man himself as to what direction he would like to see his team heading and his goals for playing the sport after school.

Friday, 20 March 2009 15:28

Cameron Delport - Westville Cricketer

cameron delportAt times the avid cricket fan may look at the national side and wonder if South Africa has any talent in its junior ranks to one day replace the current players who represent the country at the highest level. It is pleasing to know though that there is a crop of young cricketers who in a short space of time may very well be emulating the Graeme Smiths’ or even the Kevin Pietersens’ of the cricketing world.

doug watson

Boasting 14 years of experience gained in over 130 first class matches, Doug Watson has established himself as one of South Africa’s most respected and enduring cricketers over the years. Realising that there is no substituent for experience Westville Boy’s High have enlisted the Dolphins stalwart to coach their First XI for the coming seasons and School Sport- The Magazine spoke to Doug about this new challenge of honing the skills of Westville’s aspiring cricketers.

Friday, 10 July 2009 10:40

Kevin Pietersen Exclusive Interview

Maritzburg College has positioned itself at the top rung of school sports in KwaZulu-Natal for decades and continues to provide sportsmen of the highest caliber. Old Collegians such as Rugby World Cup winners Joel Stransky and Butch James along with Protea's cricketer Jonty Rhodes have written their names indelibly in the sporting history of South Africa.It is however a player in the England cricket team, Kevin Pietersen which enjoys more limelight than any other Maritzburg College Old Boy at present. His devastating displays with the bat helped England regain the Ashes and he has inspired thousands of young players all over the United Kingdom and the world. As a young boy himself growing up in South Africa Kevin lived and breathed sport in general and cricket in particular as he explained when SA School Sports caught up with him in this exclusive chat before he faced the Aussies in the Ashes this year.

Tuesday, 02 June 2009 02:00

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Tall and athletic and with a determination to make his mark on the sport, Clifton College’s Kushen Kishen is a cricketer which seems to have all the attributes to see him rubbing shoulders  with some of the top names in the world of cricket in the near future. Seeing himself as a genuine all-rounder Kushen is arguably one of the fastest schoolboy bowlers in the country and, as his name suggests the batters will need some padding to cushion his deliveries.

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