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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.

Monday, 21 September 2009 08:35

Ian Melliar Cup Reviewed

The tournament that started on Thursday afternoon at 15h00 concluded at 16h30 today with the prize giving. Over the course of the weekend there were absolutely brilliant games. U/15 teams of this era would possibly have beaten many a first team...

Friday, 18 September 2009 17:49

Ryan Lok Fundraiser


In June 2009, while many were enjoying a fantastic Cape Schools Rugby Week, a freak accident changed the life of a young man forever. In a match between Wynberg Boys' High and Grey High School, Wynberg No. 8 and hard man Ryan Lok peeled away from a Grey scrum...

Thursday, 17 September 2009 18:59

Ian Melliar Cup- Water Polo's Biggest Show

It is always going to cause one to stand up a little straighter when you see the word "biggest" used to describe a sporting event. Especially when we are talking about a sport like water polo which enjoys the spotlight briefly for the next few weeks as several big tournaments get underway.

Thursday, 17 September 2009 17:49

The Biggest Water Polo Tournament in SA?

It is always going to cause one to stand up a little straighter when you see the word "biggest" used to describe a sporting event. Especially when we are talking about a sport like water polo which enjoys the spotlight briefly for the next few weeks as several big tournaments get underway.

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,...

Tuesday, 15 September 2009 21:36

Bridging The Cultural Divide

A few weeks ago, while captaining a UCT rugby side, I had the opportunity of experiencing first hand an aspect of the beautiful game of rugby that thus far I had never experienced before. It as an aspect that is incredibly entrenched in South African sport in general but most glaringly in rugby.

Saturday, 15 August 2009 20:35

Queen's College Rugby-2009 Review

The 2009 1st XV started the season off well with some good wins, but then lost their way midway
through the year with 3 losses in a row. The team failed to recover from this and this is evident in
their final results.

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 for all the updates.