Cricket: hopefully the rain stays away

Weekend Witness - - Sport - MIKE HILL Schools’ cricket

AF­TER a steamy week, the forecast for to­day will be cooler, but likely wet, and so school­boys may again have to sit and watch rain fall­ing rather than play­ing the sched­uled games. With far more schools fix­tured for the sec­ond Satur­day of the term, some will hopefully be able to get some cricket played.

The spat be­tween the man­age­ment of two of KZN’s top crick­et­ing schools, Westville and Glen­wood, has can­celled all matches that would have taken place be­tween them to­day. The losers are the boys them­selves. Westville will play no com­pet­i­tive cricket to­day, whereas Glen­wood have trav­elled to Jo­han­nes­burg, where the first team took part in a T20 game against Park­town yes­ter­day. Other A teams play against St Davids to­day.

Hil­ton and Mar­itzburg Col­lege played one an­other in a Sun­foil day-night league match on Tues­day this week, where Hil­ton had a com­pre­hen­sive win. This will give them plenty of con­fi­dence against Col­lege on Gold­stones to­day. It is un­likely that Col­lege will again field as badly as they did on Tues­day, and if they had taken the chances of­fered, the game could have been closer. Col­lege has a young side and if the few se­nior play­ers do not per­form, then they will strug­gle.

Kearsney will host Michael­house in what should be a closely fought en­counter, although Kearsney will have lost some con­fi­dence af­ter los­ing against DHS in the Coastals T20 semi-fi­nal, played ear­lier in the week. Michael­house have a good bal­ance in their side and they will be pleased af­ter their show­ing on Thurs­day against the Pres­i­dents XI in the Sun­foil Se­ries.

St Charles travel to Dur­ban North to play against Northwood. The home side has not yet played a com­pet­i­tive match, whereas St Charles has played five matches, where they lost the first two against strong Grey HS and Ron­de­bosch sides, and won the next three, which in­cluded the de­mo­li­tion of the Pres­i­dents side in the Sun­foil league on Wed­nes­day. This makes them the favourites to­day.

DHS has a home game against Clifton, the lat­ter will also be hav­ing their first out­ing. DHS played three games in Port Elizabeth, where they drew two and nar­rowly lost against hosts Grey HS. Si­bonela Makhanye has been in good form with the bat, hav­ing scored well in all three games and then be­ing the main­stay in the bat­ting against Kearsney in the T20 match.

The two In­land semi-fi­nals take place on Sun­day morn­ing. At Michael­house they will be host­ing Hil­ton and at Col­lege they will be play­ing St Charles. Se­lected fix­tures: Mar­itzburg Col­lege vs Hil­ton, Kearsney vs Michael­house, Northwood vs St Charles, DHS vs Clifton, How­ick vs Mar­itzburg Col­lege I I I, Suid­na­tal vs DHS I I, Hill­crest vs Ge­orge Camp­bell, Kloof vs St Hen­rys, Tre­ver­ton vs Voortrekker, Wart­burg vs We­ston, and Thomas Moore vs Craw­ford LL.

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