The Clifton College first XI followed up last Thursday’s 4-wicket T20 win over home side Westville on Bowden’s with a 64-run victory in this past Saturday’s 50-over match.
“Clifton set the tone from the beginning,” says the Clifton coaching staff’s Oliver Cash.
All cricket photos by KZN10.com‘s BRAD MORGAN
The hard-hitting Josh Platford provided the early impetus with a typically belligerent 54 off just 33 balls that included 9 fours and 2 sixes in his hour at the crease.
Clifton had the perfect foil in fellow opener and wicketkeeper Matt Adams (64 off 120 balls with 4 fours) who was the backbone of the innings during his 3,5 hours at the crease.
“A patient innings from Matt Adams meant he was the perfect partner for the attacking and big-hitting Josh Platford,” says coach Oliver Cash, who has been with the first XI for a number of years, primarily in the strength and conditioning role, which so ably complements the cricketing knowledge of the experienced Clifton first XI coach Yashin Ebrahim.
Adams and the attack-minded Clifton skipper Nabeel Jeewa (40 32b 3×4 2×6) complemented the first-wicket partnership with another productive stand for the third wicket.
Grade 10 talent Ross Montgomery – coming in at number 5 – weighed in with a 34 off 70 balls (2 fours).
“Our experienced captain Nabeel Jeewa and young Ross Montgomery were brilliant in making sure that flow continued to lunch and beyond,” says Cash.
The 35 extras that included 21 wides and 2 no-balls (a “freebie” 23 runs that also provided the Clifton batters with 23 extra deliveries to face) did not help the Westville cause and Clifton’s innings closed on an imposing 267 for 7 in their allotted 50 overs.
“Mention must also be made of the fact that Westville all-rounder Troy Botha was absolutely brilliant in the field,” says Clifton’s Oliver Cash. “A couple more fielders like Troy makes me think that our score may have been a lot less.”
Westville employed 7 bowlers in the Clifton innings and the most significant outcomes came from Anthony Dunford (7 overs 1 maiden conceding 28 runs and taking 2 wickets) and Jared Slaney (10-0-53-2) and a tidy 10-0-28-1 from opening bowler Troy Botha. Dylan Rae and Jaden Arumugam picked up a wicket apiece.
In their reply to Clifton’s total of 267, too many misplaced airborne shots resulting in 6 catches coupled with 3 run outs did little for the Westville run chase, albeit a run chase set at a more-than challenging (on KZN pitches) 5.3 an over.
Opening batsman Kyle Hammond made a brisk start to the Westville innings with 36 off 35 (3 fours) while first-wicket Callum Hayes (30 42b 2×4) and skipper Ethan Matkovich (35 49b 2×4) also contributed handily to keep the home side within sight of winning ways.
“I thought Clifton started very poorly in the Westville innings,” says Cash. “Energy was very low and our bowlers lacked intent. Westville got on top with some aggressive batting. Unfortunately, one or two silly run outs from them meant their run rate fell off towards the middle of their innings.”
A typically pugnacious Troy Botha – coming in at 7 – innings of 57 runs off 46 balls including 6 fours and 3 sixes injected further momentum into the Westville run chase but the total of 3 run outs, including 2 towards the end, saw the home team’s innings close with the score reading 203 all out in just 39.4 overs of the 50 granted them.
“Once again it was Troy Botha who stepped up to the plate for Westville,” says Cash. “Troy had a brilliant knock and almost took the game away from us, but once we took his wicket we smelt blood in the water and with the light fading we cracked on the accelerator and closed the game out.”
It’s easy to say in hindsight of course, and purely statistical conjecture (lies, damn lies and then there are statistics, they say) but those 62 unused deliveries – had they been utilised by the batsmen in search of the remaining 65 to win (remember the 3 ill-judged run outs) it may well have brought the respective innings totals closer together.
Aside from the 3 run outs, Clifton spinners Marco Mottura (8-0-42-2) and the in-form vice-captain John Munford (8-0-25-2) were the chief wicket-takers while opening bowler Ryan Jairaj, first-change Ross Montgomery and second-change Teague Ridgway each earned a wicket.
“Given the conditions and some player health issues, I am very proud of the Clifton lads,” added Cash.
WESTVILLE V CLIFTON SCORES IN BRIEF
Thursday T20: Westville 124/5 (John Munford 3-25) Clifton 125/4 (Josh Platford 31, Romashen Pillay 30)
Clifton won by 6 wickets
Saturday 50-over: Clifton 267/7 (Matt Adams 64, Josh Platford 54, Nabeel Jeewa 40, Ross Montgomery 34) Westville 203 all out in 39.4ov (Troy Botha 5, Kyle Hammond 36, Ethan Matkovich 35, Callum Hayes 30)
Clifton won by 64 runs
Other CC v WBHS results
2nd XI: Clifton 122 lost to WBHS 124/4 by 6 wkts
3rds: Clifton 90 lost to WBHS 91/2 by 8 wkts
U16A: Clifton 114 lost to WBHS 115/3 (Kistna 47) by 7 wkts
U15A: WBHS 74 (Murray 6-13) lost to Clifton 75/5 by 5 wkts
U14A: Clifton 114 (Miller 41, Kistna 5-22) lost to WBHS 115/2 (Kistna 48) by 8 wkts
Northwood first XI won the toss and opted to bat on Saturday but came up against a Glenwood first XI that were totally in-sync in dismissing the visitors for 101 in 45.3 overs on Dixons and then hauling in the target with just one wicket down for a comprehensive 9-wicket victory, writes Jono Cook.
(Unfortunately due to a technical glitch the many photos KZN10.com took of the match are unable to be used)
Difficulty in building partnerships proved to be the Northwood Knight’s Achilles heel in this 50-over match.
The Northwood Knights lost their first 2 wickets to Glenwood first-change bowler Luke Bowley with the total on 21 and then 22. In-form Knights opener Thulani Chiliza was then fated to stand at the non-striker’s end and watch 7 batsmen back in the hat for a combined 17 runs before he was eighth man out, stumped by Glenwood captain SJ de Klerk for a valiant 45 off 126 balls including just 1 four – an indication of how successful the home side’s bowling attack was in building pressure.
Three Northwood batsmen were out for ducks, while a total of 7 batters failed to reach double figures.
Glenwood director of cricket and first XI coach Brandon Scullard summed up for KZN10.com his team’s performance in the field:
“Jono, we lost the toss on a good batting surface. I have a lot of praise for the way my bowlers went about their work, and the consistency of their execution. I must say that my spinners were excellent, with my front 3 spinners all completing their 10-over allocations and all going for less than 2 runs per over.
“The spinners built pressure whilst continually picking up wickets and the fielders backed them up well, holding onto any chances Northwood gave up.”
Luke Bowley (6 overs 2 maidens just 16 runs conceded and 2 wickets) got the first 2 wickets before Russell Hein (10-3-13-3) and Erik Hartman (10-1-19-2) dismissed batsmen numbers 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 at minimal cost.
Christiaan Els (2.3-1-9-3) then got the prize wicket of opening bat and innings top scorer Thulani Chiliza (45) before mopping up the tail.
Coach Scullard was further impressed by the method in which Glenwood’s top-order batters went about chasing down the target of 102.
“We went about the chase in a positive, yet disciplined manner and proved what a good cricket wicket it was by reaching the Northwood total inside 22 overs.
“Chad Laycock showed his class again, ending on 47* after numerous attempts by the Northwood fielders to get into his head.”
Number 3 Chad Laycock’s unbeaten 47 was scored off 40 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes; his innings coming off a decent 37-run platform laid by openers Banele Cele (19 46b 3×4) and Russell Hein.
Russell (13 not out off 45 balls) was content to rotate the strike and the reward came in his returning victorious to the pavilion alongside Chad after an unbeaten second-wicket partnership of 65.
The tall Chad Laycock is an impressive batsman to watch – I recall a Chad Laycock knock at the Jack Hart-Davis Oval in the fourth term last year against arguably the best bowling attack in the country in 2019 – that of Hilton College – (the pace, seam and swing of John Turner, Michael Booth, Matt Boast, Ethan Bain and Tom Dixon; the left-arm orthodox spin of Mike Frost and the leg-spin and googlies of Colby Dyer) in which this top-order batter looked at ease.
It wasn’t about the runs Chad made that day, it was more about his comfort out in the middle against accurate, hostile, clever and artful schoolboy bowling.
Coach Brandon Scullard’s final assessment of his Glenwood side on the day?
“Jono, it was a complete performance that I have been waiting to see from my boys.
“We have a huge amount of talent within our team and I’m happy to see that transferred onto the field.
“We need to aspire to be more consistent in the weeks to come.”
Thanks Brandon, there can be few more satisfying experiences for a coach than when he witnesses a near-flawless all-round effort from his charges.
Clifton College 1st XI vice-captain John Munford made 3 vital breakthroughs in the T20 at Bowden’s yesterday while Josh Platford took full measure of too many boundary balls upfront from home side Westville, leading to a 4-wicket victory for the visitors from Morningside with 2 balls to spare.
All photos Brad Morgan
Feature image: Clifton vice-captain John Munford played a pivotal role in his side’s win on Bowden’s at Westville.
Three home-side batsmen got into the 20’s before falling victim to Munford (2) and promising grade 10 Ross Montgomery as Westville concluded their 20 overs with the total reading 124 for 5, Clifton vice-captain Munford ending with 3 for 17 from 4 probing overs.
The batting blitzkrieg that is Josh Platford (31 off 18 balls with 5 fours and 1 six, strike rate 172.2) set up Clifton’s chase and with the rest of the top 5 chipping in it appeared to be a given needing 9 runs to win and 16 deliveries still in the bank.
To their credit the spirited Westville lads whittled the Cliftonians down to the 3rd-last ball before acknowledging defeat.
Westville get a chance to turn the tables when Clifton return to Bowden’s for the 50-over match tomorrow.
* Brad and I were hoping, but eventually unable, to get the names of Westville’s notable contributors with bat and ball – as well as those in-photo. Maybe you can help us?
There has been much said about the U19 Cricket World Cup, so nuff said from me.
Picked at random (the photos were close to hand) are just a handful of the talented @KZN10com cricketers of the last couple of years who you may well hear more of on- or off-shore in the months and years ahead.
Martin Ashworth feature photo: Former Hilton College run machine and partnership-breaking spinner Michael Sclanders is making his presence felt in New Zealand.
It was an action-packed Super Saturday 8 2 20 for two of our much-appreciated and cherished KZN10.com schools Kearsney College and Clifton College on the cricket, water polo and basketball arenas in Botha’s Hill and Riverside-by-the-Sea.
The KZN10.com man on the spot Brad Morgan had a field day with camera in hand and remarked on the passionate support and camaraderie that permeated the throngs of friendly spectators – moms, dads, siblings, grandparents, aunties and uncles – and just your regular fan, like Brad, of the KZN10 schools’ special way of celebrating a Sporting Super Saturday within the KZN10.com Family of 10.
Let’s check out Brad’s pics and see if you can identify some of the players.
Brad Morgan feature foto: Kearsney top-order batsman Dylan Hulett has been in the most prolific of form this term. A batter for all occasions, Dyl has dug his side out of deep trouble when wickets tumbled around him and has been able to kick on with his aggressive brand of batsmanship when the need arose. Keep your eye out for this talented young man.
The Kearsney College first team hosted Clifton on Saturday and the opening quarter saw the two teams feeling each other out with Kearsney doing much of the playing but failing to convert their opportunities into points.
Clifton made the most of their limited opportunities and scored whenever they shot the ball. The quarter ended with the teams deadlocked at 8-apiece.
Tracey van den Aardweg feature image: Sharpshooter Ryan Wimbush was Kearsney’s top points (18) scorer.
Kearsney began to find some rhythm on offence during the 2nd quarter and opened up a 4-point lead – going into the halftime break 21-17 ahead.
Kearsney broke open the game during the 3rd quarter and played some very good basketball, looking like they would finish off their opponents in amassing a 14-point lead.
However, the 4th quarter fizzled out with both teams making poor decisions on offence and not making their baskets.
But Kearsney had done enough to come out winners by a 13-point margin with the final scoreline reading Kearsney 59 and Clifton 46.
For Kearsney, the top points scorers against Clifton were Ryan Wimbush with 19 points, followed by Matt Campbell (17 points), Xander Kapsimalis, Siyabonga Mpontshane & Ben Field on 6 points apiece.
For Clifton, Jacques Mahanga netted 20 points.
Yesterday, the Kearsney first team went down by 60 points to 50 at Westville.
All in all, it was a top day for Kearsney basketball versus visitors Clifton with 9 wins from 9 starts.
OTHER KEARSNEY vs CLIFTON RESULTS
2nds: Kearsney 26 Clifton 22
3rds: Kearsney 47 Clifton 14
U16A: Kearsney 54 Clifton 19
U16B: Kearsney 29 Clifton 19
U15A: Kearsney 70 Clifton 8
U15B: Kearsney 56 Clifton 6
U14A: Kearsney 33 Clifton 18
U14B: Kearsney 20 Clifton 6
In a much-anticipated clash, the Kearsney College first team played host to water polo powerhouses Clifton College on Saturday.
Clifton, fresh from a tournament in Grahamstown, settled quickly into their stride.
Kearsney created some good scoring chances in the first half, but were ultimately undone by solid defence and the wrong options being taken a few too many times.
Brad Morgan feature photo: IT’S THERE FOR THE TAKING!
The clinical Clifton side punished each Kearsney mistake to take the score to a commanding 7-1 at the halftime break.
Kearsney College came out strong in the 3rd chukka, showing composure and heart to claw back into the game and were trailing by 4 goals at 4-8 with a chukka to play.
With all-out attack and risk-taking the imperative in attempting to haul in the 4-goal deficit in that last chukka, it was a bridge to far for the home team as Clifton comfortably contained the threat in conceding 1 goal while adding 4 of their own to finish the markedly stronger team in this encounter at the final scoreline of 12-5.
On the plus side for Kearsney, many lessons were learnt at the hands of this quality Clifton outfit.
All in all it was a successful day for Clifton water polo.
2nds: Clifton 10 Kearsney 2
3rds: Clifton 10 Kearsney 3
4ths: Clifton 15 Kearsney 3
5ths: Clifton 10 Kearsney 4
U15A: Clifton 6 Kearsney 1
U15B: Clifton 10 Kearsney 8
U14A: Clifton 12 Kearsney 0
“There was much hype in the build-up to the first team game between home side Maritzburg College and visitors Michaelhouse as College had never managed a win against this ’House side,” says the Red Black and White’s head of basketball Jenny Orchard.
No less than 24 Maritzburg College basketball matches were due to be played on the Saturday; however the inclement weather put paid to 11 of them on the outside courts. This, coupled with the cancellation of all cricket matches ensured that the Alan Paton Hall was packed throughout the day.
Facebook photo of the talented Michaelhouse captain JC Oelofse who is also a first XV lock forward.
A packed Alan Paton Hall with a basketball crowd in the house is not something you will forget in a hurry – schoolboy sport at its best.
“With quality players like captain JC Oelofse and his deputy Banele Sithole in the Michaelhouse side, College knew that it would be a tough encounter,” says Jenny.
“All in all it was a low-scoring match, the first period ending with College 6-2 ahead. It was in the second quarter that Michaelhouse gained a narrow lead of 4 points.
“The low score was the result of a tight defence by the College outfit with Caleb Janse van Rensburg and Qalakahle Mkhize rebounding very effectively.
“The final whistle drew an end to the match with the contest tied at 27-27. This resulted in the game going into a 5-minute overtime and it was in this period where the College offense and decision making was lacking.
“With both sides on team fouls, the match outcome could go either way. Michaelhouse remained calm and managed to seal the game by beating College 34-38.”
The score is not entirely what the game will be remembered for; it was the incredible spirit and camaraderie shown between the two schools that will surely stir the memory.
“The drum-off at halftime between the two schools entertained the spectators and typified the vibrant nature of a basketball match,” says Jenny.
“At the end of the day it was basketball that was victorious.”
SUMMARY OF RESULTS
|1st||Michaelhouse 1st||34 – 38||Lost|
|2nd||Michaelhouse 2nd||26 – 13||Won|
|3rd||Michaelhouse 3rd||16 – 26||Lost|
|4th||Michaelhouse 4th||20 – 36||Lost|
|5th||Michaelhouse 5th||29 – 12||Won|
|6th||Michaelhouse 6th||13 – 30||Lost|
|7th||Michaelhouse 7th||0 – 0||Cancelled|
|2nd||St Nicholas Diocesan School 1st||38 – 30||Won|
|U16A||Michaelhouse U16A||36 – 27||Won|
|U16B||Michaelhouse U16B||41 – 15||Won|
|U16C||Michaelhouse U16c||0 – 0||Match Cancelled|
|U16D||Michaelhouse U16d||0 – 0||Match Cancelled|
|U16E||Michaelhouse U16e||0 – 0||Match Cancelled|
|U15A||St Nicholas Diocesan School U15a||32 – 19||Won|
|U15A||Michaelhouse U15A||16 – 23||Lost|
|U15B||Michaelhouse U15B||42 – 14||Won|
|U15C||Michaelhouse U15C||28 – 16||Won|
|U15d||Michaelhouse U15d||0 – 0||Match Cancelled|
|U15e||Michaelhouse U15e||0 – 0||Match Cancelled|
|U15f||Kearsney College U15f||0 – 0||Match Cancelled|
|U14b||St Nicholas Diocesan School U14a||29 – 5||Won|
|U14d||St Nicholas Diocesan School U14b||37 – 7||Won|
|U14A||Michaelhouse U14A||43 – 28||Won|
|U14B||Michaelhouse U14B||13 – 14||Lost|
|U14c||Michaelhouse U14c||0 – 0||Match Cancelled|
|U14d||Michaelhouse U14d||0 – 0||Match Cancelled|
|U14e||Michaelhouse U14e||0 – 0||Match Cancelled|
|U14f||Kearsney College U14f||0 – 0||Match Cancelled|
Not even aquatic sports were spared by the weather on the 8 Feb 2020 weekend with dangerously high water levels scuppering the interschools’ Bushman’s River canoe race and a 3rd of the 9 scheduled water polo fixtures against Maritzburg College abandoned because of the inclement conditions.
Michaelhouse enjoyed a good day out in the grandstand events in the Dudley Forde Pool at Maritzburg College, winning the 1st team (9-8), U15A (7-4) and U14A (7-5) clashes.
A mixed junior Michaelhouse team also came away with a tight 9-7 win, but the second (2-8) and fifth teams (7-8) were not as fortunate.
With all 14 cricket matches against Maritzburg College called off, it was up to the basketballers to provide the sporting entertainment, despite 9 matches on the outdoor courts having to be scrapped.
With five consecutive wins over College, the Boys from Balgowan went into the first team clash in a confident frame of mind.
The previous week’s slip-up against DHS under similar circumstances, though, would have provided a little tension to the Men of House’s minds.
In the end, it was a narrow, low-scoring affair with Michaelhouse coming the beneficiaries of a hard-won 38-34 victory.
Of the remaining 5 Open age group fixtures, Michaelhouse were able to record wins by the 3rd, 4th and 6th teams.
House’s U16A lads continued to battle with their rhythm, going down 27-36, with the B side also capitulating in the only other match contested in the age group.
Michaelhouse’s U15A boys made it 5 from 5 in 2020 with their 23-16 win, while the House B and C sides came out on the losing side of the scoreline.
College clinched the U14A contest 28-18, while House were able to hold their nerve in the B team match for a 14-13 win.
St Charles College do not often get the opportunity to play against Treverton College in basketball and therefore it was a nice break from the regular fixtures this past weekend.
Treverton were definitely considered the underdogs in this game as they took on a Saints team which is currently unbeaten and has won its previous fixtures comfortably.
Darren Holcomb feature photo: St Charles College took on Treverton in basketball at the SK Arena on Saturday and each team had a set of twins who played influential roles in the game; the Saints Bradley and Justin Harris and Treverton’s Jonothan and Benjamin Brownrigg.
Treverton, however, had an upset in mind as they kept the game close in the first period with sharp-shooting from the 3-point line.
The Saints, although not playing well, remained calm and stayed in their systems, looking to penetrate the defence and open up the shooting channels.
St Charles College eventually found their rhythm in the second quarter and started to open up the lead.
With good running basketball and some good outside shooting, the Saints were able to extend their lead and, with the pressure off, play some excellent basketball.
Credit must be given to Treverton, who remained committed to the game throughout and fought with everything they had.
The final score saw the Saints winning 60-32.
Down in Durban, the Saints 2nd team managed to win a tight encounter against Glenwood’s 1st team, final score, 24-21.