ONE can only begin to imagine the emotion.
The last schoolboy cricket match for a host of Westville and Kearsney College first XI players.
Feature image: Captain my Captain – Bowden’s Oval goodbyes: Robbie Koenig of Kearsney and Matt Pollard of Westville leading their first XI’s for the last time.
And what an absolute box-office smash it was.
On a Bowden’s pitch that would have served the nearby N3 well, 560 runs were scored and just 9 wickets lost.
Kearsney lost the toss in overcast and windy conditions and were put in to bat on a belter of a batting track. Initially 1/1, Kearsney recovered beautifully to register an impressive 279/7 in their 50 overs.
Kearsney College captain and KZN U19 all-rounder Robbie Koenig top-scored with 55, while Cody Carmichael (36), Jordan Bamber (47), Jean-Luc Talbot (42) and William Patton (39) also tested the scorers’ arithmetic.
The key was that Westville now knew exactly what was required of their top-order batters – and boy, did they respond in stunning fashion.
Understanding what worked and what was best left alone – having watched the Kearsney batters go about their innings – Westville used the track impressively and reached the target with just three wickets down and a comfortable three overs to spare.
And fittingly it was head boy and first XI captain, the KZN Coastal U19 all-rounder Matthew Pollard (42*) who steered the good ship Westville safely into harbour, alongside Ethan Matkovich (65*).
A great platform had been laid for the finishers by Westville’s provincial players Jared Oosthuizen (57) and Caleb Pillay (72).
It was a truly great batting wicket and the difference probably was that Kearsney did not convert their great start into more half-centuries.
Westville managed a great run chase to deservedly win by seven wickets.
SCORES IN BRIEF
*Westville won the toss
1st X1 Kearsney – 279/6 (Robbie Koenig 55, Jordan Bamber 47, Jean-Luc Talbot 42*, William Patton 39, Cade Carmichael 36)
1st X1 Westville – 281/3 (Matthew Pollard 42*,Ethan Matkovich 65*, Jared Oosthuizen 57, Caleb Pillay 72)
Westville won by 7 wickets