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Thursday, 16 February 2017 20:05

Cricket: Saints or Green Machine? Tough Call

Written by  Jonathan Cook

The St Charles College first XI cricket team have never won the KZN Inland region T20 tournament, hence the dream of competing for the KZN Dolphins Franchise gold medal match has never materialised. 

Well, early evening on Wednesday the valiant Saints from Harwin Road in Scottsville staked their claim for the provincial champions tag after a nail-biting three-wicket victory over probable favourites Maritzburg College after lower-order batsman and fast bowler Brandon van Zyl memorably lofted an on-drive just over a fielder's head to clinch the win. 

There were just two balls of their 20 overs to spare - it was that close between two fine examples of the quality of cricketer that is being produced by Pietermaritzburg's decades-old rivals. 

The atmosphere was of an electric nature as both schools had a sizeable turnout of schoolboys in their school uniforms incessantly urging their on-field heroes to victory with rousing renditions of war cries. 

And that's not to mention the vociferous support of scores of parents, schoolteachers, Old Boys and plain old cricket lovers. 

Cameron Brown was immense for St Charles College. 

Launching his innings in the traumatic environs of a precarious seven runs for three wickets down, this phlegmatic young cricketer proceeded to supply 29 of the most valuable runs in the school's recent history. 

The tantalising off-spin bowling of Zimbabwe U19 World Cup player Wesley Madhevere was another match-winning performance for Saints while Nathaniel Benjamin and Van Zyl were further cool heads in the most intense of finals. 

Impressive St Charles College captain Lawrence Lawler was immaculate in his field-setting and the Saints fielders responded in electrifying fashion with four run outs of hapless Maritzburg College batsmen. 

The young men in the Red, Black and White first XI caps were also undone by not batting through the full complement of their allotted 20 overs, leaving 10 unfaced deliveries on the table. 

A further downfall for Maritzburg College was the criminal assortment of 24 extras handed to the Saints on a plate. 

However, one suspects that the St Charles College first XI's opponents in Friday's 1pm KZN Dolphins Franchise gold medal match - KZN Coastal winners Glenwood - will not be as generous with their gifts at Kingsmead in Durban. 

Saints need to put dreams of next month's Coca-Cola National Franchise Finals at the picturesque University of Stellenbosch to bed until they've negotiated the formidable hurdle that is the Green Machine of Durban's Umbilo suburb. 

There's a job at hand come 1pm Friday at the home of KZN cricket. 

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