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Monday, 27 January 2020 11:22

Cricket: Kearsney Outplay Maritzburg College

Josh Stokes Josh Stokes Tracey van den Aardweg

Kearsney arrived at the usually invincible fortress Goldstones to take on a highly competent Maritzburg College 1st XI in a 45 over encounter this past Saturday (25/01/2020).

In cloudy cool conditions which advantaged the bowlers, Kearsney lost the toss and were put in to bat on a deck designed for pace and swing. The formidable duo of Simelane and Mbatho had Kearsney’s batters under pressure. Louis Nel was the first to go, hooking in the first over before a run had been scored.

Enter Dylan Hulett (48), and he and Jean-Luc Talbot (19) put on a gritty display of patience to tame the pace and aggression of the opening quicks. After doing the hard work, Talbot was dismissed softly and captain Cade Carmichael strode to the wicket, to put on an unrivalled display of batting.

With Hulett back in the hut, Carmichael was joined at the wicket by Jared Uys who hooked, chipped and swept his way to a crucial 39. Thomas Constable joined Carmichael at the crease (10*) and Kearsney completed the innings on a credible 208/4 with Carmichael’s majestic 81* the highlight. King (1/19) and Goedeke (1/27) were the pick of the College bowlers.

With a decent target to defend, Kearsney was always going to make it difficult with their predominately spin arsenal. Tight bowling from the spinners and three seamers, with excellent fielding, made it difficult for College to make significant inroads into the target they were chasing, as they lost wickets at regular intervals.

Bruyns (31) and Simelane (27) were the pick of the batsmen and College was eventually all out for 111. The wickets were shared, but Joshua Stocks (2/16 in 7) and Constable (2/19 in 7) must get special mention. A collective team effort from a motivated Kearsney outfit saw them win by 97 runs – a feat not easily accomplished against a formidable foe on their home ground.

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