A beautiful KZN10.com summer’s day greeted the Chairman of the Governing Body’s XI and the Maritzburg College Headmaster’s XI on Super Sunday at the picturesque Goldstones, home of College cricket.
A 35-over shootout was the format with a maximum four overs per bowler and 30 runs the mark when batsman retired. If needed before the 35 overs were up the retirees could return to the middle.
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Experienced umpire Bryan Mantle was on hand to keep a close eye on things but nothing untoward came his way in a contest played well within the etiquette of the Gentleman’s Game.
Batting first, the Chairman’s XI under the captaincy of Steve Colenbrander knocked up a brisk 224 with 5 batters returning the lovely Kent Pavilion having reached the 30-run milestone.
There was great banter on and off the field as old friends renewed acquaintances and long-held memories of great exploits on and off the field were re-told.
The top-gun Chairman’s XI batsmen and retirees were a polished Kyle Warr (30 not out), Mike Woodburn (30*) Wooders looking as if he’d hit a ton for the school first XI the day before such was the in-sync foot movement and hand-eye-co-ordination.
Add to this, some spectacular shotmaking off the broad bat of Grant Rowley (30*), superb leg-side strokes by Brent Bragge (31*); and the deftest of touches and placement off the richly talented batting repertoire that is the possession of Clint Bowyer (30*).
Maritzburg College teacher Ricky Chirengende who was drafted in to the Chairman’s XI smashed a hurricane 21 not out following Hylton Strachan’s useful 17.
And skipper of “Team Steve”, Mr Steve Colenbrander (14*) was a racehorse between the wickets in upping the run rate at the death of a highly entertaining innings.
It was tough going for the Headmaster’s XI bowling attack but IT man Ryan Tooms (3 overs, 1 maiden, 13 runs and 1 wicket), late draftee the Maritzburg College first XI 2018 paceman Shaun-Lee Elliott (4-2-13-0) who is just back from a troubling side strain made good.
Super-fit seamer Murray-John Smit (4-0-17-2) was among the wickets at relatively inexpensive cost, while Headmaster and off-spinner Chris Luman will be pleased with the stumping by lively keeper Kyle Emerson that he effected off a well-flighted delivery.
The burly Nollie Duvenage and jack-in-a-box Zola Mazwi also showed a surprising turn of speed and frequent change of pace in picking up a wicket each.
In the Headmaster’s XI turn at the crease their biggest problem was establishing the quality of partnerships that their opposition were capable of.
Ryan Kyle’s punishing 31, Nollie Duvenhage’s 23, and Tim Orchard’s well-crafted 23 might have amounted to more had the Headmaster’s XI not run out of wickets.
The Head’s XI in final analysis mustered 140 that resulted in an 84-run defeat and the return of the coveted Colenbrander Trophy to the Chairman’s XI skipper Steve.
It was certainly a salad day for Mike Wooders as he picked up 3-11 off 3 with his crafty deliveries, while Steve Colenbrander’s artful dibbly-dobblers mopped up the tail (2-4 from 9 deliveries).
And Hylton Strachan seemingly could do no wrong with the ball either in his 2-14 off 4.
The other Chairman wicket-takers with one apiece in a great all-round performance in the field were Brent Bragge, Dicky Delvin, and the irrepressible Clint Bowyer.
Perhaps the unavailability of Maritzburg College director of cricket Kyle Nipper, due to KZN Inland T20 commitments, was the biggest factor in the outcome, as Nips had been instrumental in the emphatic Headmaster’s XI win this time last year.
However KZN10.com is sure that Team Steve would beg to differ.
A great day was had by all and KZN10.com loved being part of it.
Roll on Colenbrander Trophy 2019!
Chris Luman (capt)
Steve Colenbrander (capt)
Umpire: Bryan Mantle