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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,...

but any match involving the likes of Roelof Van Der Merwe will be competitive to say the least. One wonders whether cricket will head the rugby route of largely cutting club cricket out of the picture & seeing players get contracts straight out of matric (some even sooner).

But I digress. For now atleast, the future stars are filled with all the uncultivated raw promise of school sport, and none of the deviations often found in the professional game. Let's look at what this weekend has in store for KZN:

Clifton v Maritzburg College

Clifton faces a stern test against one of the powerhouses of KZN schoolboy cricket.

The boys from Durban are still a relatively unknown prospect, whilst College boasts a history of international sportsmen. Expect an interesting day's play, regardless of the result.

DHS v Michaelhouse

DHS begin their season coming up against a Michaelhouse side fresh from a 15 run defeat to Glenwood. Both sides will be looking for their own form of rejuvenation.

Hilton v Northwood

Hilton are smarting from a loss to Westville and will be looking to get their season back on track; easier said than done when the fixture list reads 'Northwood'.

 

Westville v Kearsney

Kearsney grabbed national attention recently in beating St. Stithians by 8 wickets at the Sahara festival at St. Davids. Jared Phillips was fortunate enough to receive television coverage with his 78 run knock, but word from Bothas Hill is that they have another exciting prospect with the bat in Chad Bowes.

It's hard to believe that it has been almost two years since these two sides have met; making this showdown all the more mouth-watering.

Westville were impressive in their 5 wicket defeat of Hilton, with Ivey posting 63 not out & last week's player to watch, Bhayla hitting 44. Expect Westville to look to build on their momentum against arguably their sternest test of the season.

Keep an eye out for whether Kearsney will make the subconscious shift from Twenty20 to the longer version of the game. It most certainly bodes well for a high scoring encounter, at a rate of knots.