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Back You are here: Home Sports Cricket Kwa Zulu Natal Michaelmas Cricket Week: Day One
Friday, 25 September 2009 14:19

Michaelmas Cricket Week: Day One

College Captain, Dean Pengelly hooking for maximum College Captain, Dean Pengelly hooking for maximum Graham Bennetts

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