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Back-to-back Clifton first XI wins at Westville

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.

 

The Clifton College first XI’s strength and conditioning coach Ollie Cash has reason to smile after back-to-back victories inside 3 days for his lads. Photo Brad Morgan

 

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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.

 

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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.”

 

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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.”

 

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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
1st XI
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

 

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Glenwood 1st XI’s big win over Northwood on Dixons Saturday

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.”

 

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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.

 

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“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.

 

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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.

 

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John Munford gets 3 of Westville’s top 4 to set up Clifton’s T20 win

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.

 

Josh Platford was in devastating form in setting up the Clifton run chase.

 

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.

 

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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.

 

Clifton opener Romashen Pillay executes the switch-hit on Bowden’s.

 

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.

 

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Clifton’s lively young opening bowler Ryan Jairaj in full cry.

 

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Westville’s seamer in delivery stride as Clifton cricket consultant Wayne Scott looks on. Readers, please identify.

 

Westville batter on the charge. Readers please identify.

 

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This one is flying over cow corner, as Clifton keeper Matt Adams looks on. Readers please identify the batter.

 

Clifton’s winning runs down to fine leg. Readers please identify the batsman and the wicketkeeper.

 

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Hilton vs Kearsney in Schools T20 Challenge Dolphins franchise final next Thursday

The final of the CSA Dolphins Franchise Schools T20 Challenge between KZN Coastal winners Kearsney College first XI and KZN Inland winners Hilton College first XI will take place from 2pm on Thursday, 20th February at the picturesque Maritzburg Oval in the KZN capital.

The final was originally scheduled for Feb 27 but the spanner in the works was that Hilton are scheduled to be at the annual St Albans College-hosted Independent Schools Cricket Festival in Pretoria on that date.

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Consultation between the various parties and stakeholders found an amicable solution in moving the much-anticipated match-up between the two most successful sides in KZN schoolboy cricket this year a week forward.

Kearsney College under captain Cade Carmichael beat Clifton College in the KZN Coastal T20 final on January 31 while Hilton College under captain Colby Dyer beat Michaelhouse in the KZN Inland final on January 27.

The winners of next week’s Feb 20 final will qualify for the CSA Schools T20 Challenge Franchise Finals, to be held at Tuks in Pretoria from March 6th to the 8th.

 

The Hilton first XI after winning this year’s KZN Inland T20 final on the Jack Hart-Davis Oval.

 

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CSA Dolphins Franchise Schools T20 Challenge final

Date: Thursday, 20 February 2020

Venue: Pietermaritzburg Cricket Oval

Time: 2pm

Teams will be in colour clothing; white balls will be used.

 

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Last year, first-time Dolphins franchise winners St Charles College were runners-up at the nationals after losing to St Stithians College in the final at Tuks.

Inland winners The Saints beat Coastal winners Westville in the 2019 Dolphins franchise final last year.

If my memory serves me correctly, the 2019 Westville first XI under captain Matthew Pollard beat Glenwood in last year’s KZN Coastal final.

 

2020 KZN Coastal T20 winners Kearsney College on the AH Smith Oval.

 

In 2018 the Hilton College first XI lost in the national final to St Andrews School Bloemfontein, so it has been close but no cigar for the KZN10 schools in recent times.

There have been other national T20 finals in this event where the KZN10 school representing the Dolphins franchise have lost by a whisker.

To my knowledge, the Dolphins franchise Schools T20 champions have never won the national final, although I think Maritzburg College – and certainly Hilton College (at least twice, once off the last ball of the final) – have been finalists in the past.

Let’s hope the 2020 Dolphins schoolboy T20 champs will go all the way at the Nationals.

 

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Clifton 1st XI end Kearsney 1st XI’s 10-match winning streak

Clifton College first XI took advantage of the crucial toss of the coin to break the Kearsney College first XI’s outstanding 10-match winning streak at Riverside in Durban North on Saturday.

It appeared nigh-inevitable that the outcome of the 45-over match would be decided on who won the toss between captains Nabeel Jeewa (CC) and Cade Carmichael (KC) and it was the Clifton skipper who ended on the right side of the call, having no hesitation in electing to bowl.

Brad Morgan feature image: Clifton seamer Ronan Vardaya was on target at Riverside; onlooking Kearsney batsman Dylan Hulett continues to play valuable innings.

Heavy rain during the week and overcast conditions produced a Riverside greentop, which had the seamers on both sides eager with anticipation.

 

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Batting was going to be a mission in the morning session, and so it proved.

Clifton’s seamers had the batsmen under the cosh, with Kearsney losing wickets at regular intervals.

The pick of the seamers was Ronan Vardaya (2-17 in 7 overs) and Josh Platford (1-21 in 9).

Not to be outdone, the Clifton spinners also extracted turn and bounce with Marco Mottura (2-30 in 9) and grade 10 Ross Montgomery (2-2 in 1) doing significant damage.

 

Kearsney’s attack-minded Dylan Hulett is having a golden run with the bat this school term. Photo Brad Morgan

 

An interesting run-out, which was later repeated in the Clifton innings, added to the drama.

Only Kearsney’s Rubin Rheeder (34) and the in-form Dylan Hulett (28) managed some resistance in the difficult batting conditions.

And full marks to the efficient Clifton bowling attack that didn’t take its foot off the gas – Kearsney all out for 113 in 37 of the allotted 45 overs.

By the afternoon the wicket had flattened out in the sun and wind, with conditions therefore improving for batting.

 

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True to form in a first term that on a number of occasions has seen victory resurrected from the gaping jaws of what seemed to be inevitable defeat, Cade Carmichael’s never-say-die Kearsney lads were not going down without a fight.

The Kearsney bowling attack made Clifton work hard for their runs.

Dean Gibbs (3-22 in 9) and spinner Josh Stocks – the picture of control and economy in taking 1 wicket for 9 runs in 9 miserly overs – kept the batsmen honest and Clifton eventually passed the target in the 35th over with seven wickets down.

 

Clifton’s Marco Mottura spins the web at Riverside on Saturday. Photo Brad Morgan

 

Clifton’s Nabeel Jeewa played a captain’s knock in scoring a gritty, match-winning 57 and making exactly half of the total runs need for victory.


SCORES IN BRIEF

Kearsney College first XI 113 all out in 37 overs (Rubin Rheeder 34, Dylan Hulett 28; Ronan Vardaya 2-17 in 7 overs, Josh Platford 1-21 in 9, Marco Mottura 2-30 in 9, Ross Montgomery 2-2 in 1)
Clifton College first XI 114/7 (Nabeel Jeewa 57; Dean Gibbs 3-22 in 9, Josh Stocks 1-9 in 9)
Clifton won by 3 wickets

 

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OTHER SCORES IN BRIEF

2nd XI: Clifton 160 (Moodley 44; Weyer 4-16, Van der Merwe 3-22) Kearsney 164/4 (Talbot 63*)
Kearsney won by 6 wickets

3rd XI: Clifton 103/7 (Moodley 42*, Klue 32; Kearsney 104/4
Kearsney won by 6 wickets

U16A: Kearsney 239/8 (Bergsett 96, Wiggett 56; Rein 4-32) Clifton 224/5 (Coleman 99, Strathmore 79)
Match abandoned due to rain

 

Kearsney College captain Cade Carmichael’s first XI have had an outstanding first term. Photo Brad Morgan

 

 U15A: Kearsney 216/9 and Clifton 170/8 (Veitch 43, Mattis 52; Bishop 3-21)
Match abandoned due to rain

U14A: Clifton 115 (Behari 38; Khambule 3-21, Daya 4-19) Kearsney 117/3 (De Olivera 43*, O’Donovan 33*)
Kearsney won by 7 wickets

 

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Tough KZN Coastal T20 quarter-finals in store at Kearsney tomorrow

The KZN Coastal section playoffs in the CSA Schools T20 Challenge take place at Kearsney College this Thursday and Friday (30 and 31 January).

The first-round draw has certainly been kinder (on paper) to two of the six KZN10.com focus schools in the greater Durban region than it has been on the other 4.

Thursday morning’s 9am quarter-final matches see Glenwood tackle Westville and Clifton College take on DHS.

Tracey van den Aardweg feature image: All-rounder Cade Carmichael will be leading Kearsney College first XI in the playoffs tomorrow.

 

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The draw for Thursday afternoon’s 1pm quarter-finals reflects Northwood vs Kloof and Kearsney College up against Thomas More College.

A further draw will take place after Thursday afternoon’s quarter-finals are complete, with the names of the winners going into the hat to determine who plays who in Friday’s 9am semi-finals.

The semi-final winners will meet in the KZN Coastal T20 final at 1pm Friday.

 

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The Coastal champions will take on the KZN Inland champs in the Dolphins franchise final at the PMB Oval. The final is scheduled for 27 February.

This may change if sides like Hilton College, who are scheduled to play in the annual Independent Schools Cricket Festival hosted by St Albans College in Pretoria from 26 February to 1 March, qualify for the Dolphins final.

The winners of the Dolphins final qualify to compete for the national title against the other franchise winners.

Last year, first-time Dolphins franchise winners St Charles College were runners-up at the nationals after losing to St Stithians College in the final at Tuks.

 

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Inland winners The Saints beat Coastal winners Westville in the 2019 Dolphins franchise final last year.

To my knowledge, the Dolphins champions have never won the national final, although I think Maritzburg College – and certainly Hilton College (at least twice) – have been finalists in the past.

 

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KZN Coastal T20 quarter-final playoffs

9am start on Thursday

Glenwood vs Westville
Clifton vs DHS

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Northwood vs Kloof
Kearsney vs Thomas More

A draw will then take place to determine the 9am Friday semi-final matches.

The semi-final winners will meet in Friday’s 1pm final.

 

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KZN Inland T20 semi-finals and final at Hilton today

The stage is set for thrilling T20 cricket contests this morning from 9am and early afternoon from 1pm when the CSA KZN Inland Schools T20 Challenge semi-finals and final play out at Hilton College.

Periodic updates throughout the matches can be found on the @KZN10com Facebook page, so just “like” the page and you will get the updates in your Facebook notifications.

At 9am Maritzburg College first XI face Michaelhouse first XI in semi-final 1 on the Jack Hart-Davis Oval with the other semi-final featuring this year’s favourites Hilton College first XI and defending champs St Charles College first XI on Weightman-Smith also at 9am.

The final is set for 1pm on Hart-Davis.

 

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The quarter-finals yesterday with the seeds playing the qualifiers were lopsided affairs but afforded a few players the opportunity to get in some decent time in the middle ahead of today’s showdowns.

The KZN Inland T20 winners will meet the KZN Coastal winners in the Dolphins franchise final late February at the PMB Oval.

QUARTER-FINALS MATCH STATS IN BRIEF

Michaelhouse 248/4 in 20
Captain Jared Meiring 105 (56b 11×4 5×6)
Callum Porrill 52 (32b 4×4 1×6)
Vice-captain Roelof van der Berg 36 (18b 1×4 1×6)
Luke Gammie 27* (10b 2×4 1×6)
G Kundai 2-43
St Dominics 74/5 in 20
G Tatum 42* 5×4 75b
Ayanda Cele 2-12
Campbell Davies-Webb 2-8
O Ntshona 1-19
Michaelhouse won by 174 runs

 

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Treverton 83/9 in 20 overs
Matthew Haberl 24
Matt Boast 3-5
Luc Benkenstein 3-7
Ethan Bain 2-17
Colby Dyer 1-13
Hilton 87/0 after 7.4 overs
Chris Pistorius 35* (18b 3×4)
Slade van Staden 57* (28b 12×4)
Hilton won by 10 wickets

 

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St Charles 217/6 in 20 overs
Hayden Raw run out 83 (44b 7×4 3×6)
Taygen Mollentze run out 59 (36b 4×4 2×6)
Chaise Botha 35 (21b 4×4)
Jason Muirhead 26 (15b 2×4)
Sbonelo Nkosi 1 wicket for 26 runs
Mzwandile Ndlela 1-43 and 1 run out
Nathi Phakathi 1-10 and 1 run out
Pongola Hub 63 all out in 13.3 overs
Jason Muirhead 3 wickets for 2 runs
Nathan Lunderstedt 2-16
A wicket apiece for Keegan Crawford, Tim Login and Jens Lutge
2 run outs (Steven Scott involved in one)
St Charles College won by 154 runs

 

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Alex 33 all out in 13.2 overs
Rob Akerman 5-7 in 3 overs
Kent Goedeke and Mark Lathwaite a wicket apiece
Run outs by Michael King, Ross Klusener and Kent Goedeke
Maritzburg College 34/0 after 3.3 overs
(Daniel Bruyns and Stefan Delport)
Maritzburg College won by 10 wickets

 

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St Charles and Maritzburg College advance to tomorrow’s KZN Inland T20 semi-finals

Partnerships of 117 then 56 then 35 propelled the seeded St Charles College first XI to 217/6 in their allotted 20 overs in quarter-final 2 of the CSA KZN Inland Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge against qualifiers Pongola Hub first XI on the Jack Hart-Davis Oval at Hilton College this morning. In reply, Pongola were bowled out for 63 to give the Saints victory by 154 runs.

Jason Muirhead (3 wickets for 2 runs) and Nathan Lunderstedt (2 for 16) were the primary wicket-takers for St Charles with Keegan Crawford, Tim Login and Jens Lutge getting one apiece to add to the run outs (Steven Scott).

In quarter-final 1 it was one-way traffic for the seeded Maritzburg College first XI against qualifiers Alexandra High School first XI(see below).

Defending KZN Inland champions, reigning Dolphins franchise champions and 2019 national title finalists St Charles College first XI lost a wicket without a run on the scoreboard (Pongola’s opening bowler Sbonelo Nkosi trapping the in-form Nathan Lunderstedt in front) before opening batsman Taygen Mollentze and first wicket Hayden Raw powered 117 for the second wicket, this after Pongola had won the toss and put the Saints in.

 

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Mollentze was eventually run out by Mzwandile Ndlela for a a quick-fire 59 off 36 balls that included 4 fours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 164.

Then it was Hayden Raw and number 4 Chaise Botha who put on 56 for the third wicket before Raw was run out by Nathia Phakathi for an 83 that came at a strike rate of 189 (44 balls, 7 fours and 3 sixes).

Jason Muirhead joined Chaise Botha and the pair scored 35 for the fourth wicket before Muirhead was run out for 26 off 15 balls (2 fours and a strike rate of 173).

Chaise Botha was eventually caught by Ntokozo Msibi off the bowling of Mzwandile Ndlela for 35 (21b 4×4 SR173) before Steven Scott was run out by Vumokwakhe Phakathi for 0 at the death.

 

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* In the quarter-final 1 match between the seeded Maritzburg College first XI and qualifiers Alexandra High School first XI on the Weightman-Smith ground at Hilton, the Alex lads, who had won the toss and opted to bat, were dismissed for 33 in 13.2 overs after the total stood at 22/4 after 8.4 of the permitted 20.

Maritzburg College off-spinner Robert Akerman took 5 wickets for 7 runs in 3 overs with captain and off-spinner Kent Goedeke and leg-spinner Mark Lathwaite picking up a wicket apiece. Michael King, Goedeke and vice-captain Ross Klusener effected the remaining 3 wickets via run outs.

College openers Stefan Delport and Daniel Bruyns knocked off the 33-run target in 3.3 overs to end with the total on 34 without loss and a 10-wicket victory.

The Red Black and White will play in tomorrow’s 9am semi-final on the Jack Hart-Davis Oval against the winners of this afternoon’s 1pm match between Michaelhouse and St Dominic’s College of Newcastle.

 

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The other semi-final at 9am tomorrow on Weightman-Smith ground will see St Charles up against the winners of this afternoon’s 1pm match between Hilton College and Treverton College.

The final tomorrow (Wednesday) is at 1pm on the Hart-Davis Oval.

 

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KZN Inland T20 knockout finals kick off at Hilton this morning

The KZN Inland CSA Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge playoffs get into gear with the first two quarter-final matches at 9am at Hilton College this morning.

Two of the four qualifiers come up against two of the four seeded teams in this morning’s quarter-finals with the last two quarter-finals kicking off at 1pm today.

Tomorrow sees the semi-finals at 9am and the final at 1pm.

You are invited to follow the KZN10.com comments updates on all the matches today and tomorrow on the @KZN10com Facebook page. “Like” the @KZN10com Facebook page and you will get periodic match comment update notifications on your Facebook feed.

 

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This morning, Maritzburg College first XI tackle qualifiers Alexandra High School first XI at 9am on Weightman-Smith ground while St Charles College first XI face qualifiers Pongola HUB at the same time on the Jack Hart-Davis Oval.

The 1pm quarter-finals today see Michaelhouse first XI meeting St Dominic’s of Newcastle on Weightman-Smith and Hilton College first XI versus Treverton College on Hart-Davis.

In tomorrow, Wednesday’s, 9am semi-finals (unless a qualifier springs a major surprise) it is scheduled to be Maritzburg College vs Michaelhouse (on Weightman-Smith) and St Charles vs Hilton (Hart-Davis).

 

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As to who will reach the final it’s anyone’s guess, although Hilton would be title favourites to most who follow schoolboy cricket.

The Coastal champions will take on the KZN Inland champs in the Dolphins franchise final at the PMB Oval. The final is scheduled for 27 February.

This may change if sides like Hilton College, who are scheduled to play in the annual Independent Schools Cricket Festival hosted by St Albans College in Pretoria from 26 February to 1 March, qualify for the Dolphins final.

 

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The winners of the Dolphins final qualify to compete for the national title against the other franchise winners.

Last year, first-time Dolphins franchise winners St Charles College were runners-up at the nationals after losing to St Stithians College in the final at Tuks.

Inland winners The Saints beat Coastal winners Westville in the 2019 Dolphins franchise final last year.

To my knowledge, the Dolphins champions have never won the national final, although I think Maritzburg College – and certainly Hilton College (at least twice) – have been finalists in the past.

 

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