Following their fine win, having come back from a difficult position, at Northwood the Saturday before, the St Charles College first XI again played excellent cricket in beating Kearsney College by 79 runs on the SCC Oval Saturday, 10 November 2018.
Dean Riley feature image: A happy St Charles College first XI (captain Nate Benjamin 3rd from right, back) after beating Kearsney College on SCC Oval Saturday. The scoreboard total had yet to be adjusted to 149/10.
On a blistering day, captain Nathaniel Benjamin wore the light blue blazer for the final time and won the toss for his team on an excellent batting wicket.
St Charles paced their innings with precision; mature, disciplined and, on occasion, brutal batting.
It was Jason Login who once again was a class apart.
Login co-ordinated the innings to perfection. He was out for 99 and disappointingly missed out on his second century of the season.
In Login’s last three innings, he has scored 64, 50 and 99, showing his worth and character, having not been selected for the KZN Inland U17 side.
Logan has been a major player in the Saints first XI this year and continues to go from strength to strength.
Saints ended their innings well and compiled a respectable total of 228/8 in their allotted 50 overs.
This was always going to be difficult for Kearsney to chase, but they started well and were up with the run rate until the 15th over, when spin was introduced from both ends.
The saints spin trio of Login, Clive Madande and Wesley Madhevere have produced the goods all season – and Saturday was no exception.
Sharing the wickets between them, coupled with two excellent run outs, meant that Kearsney were always under pressure, St Charles College bowling Kearsney out for 149 and ultimately winning the match by 79 runs.
The Saints are a young side and can look forward to next season with enthusiasm and excitement.
It does appear that the St Charles College first XI will be one of the teams to look out for in 2019.
The stars also aligned for the Saints 2nd XI and they posted 319/5 in their 50 overs on AH Smith Oval at Kearsney.
James Twycross made 129 and Tim Login was unbeaten on 82.
Steven Scott got in on the action with the ball, getting a hat-trick as Kearsney were bowled out for 109 runs, giving the Saints a 210-run victory.
The St Charles College U15 age group managed a clean sweep over Kearsney with the U15A winning by 45 runs.
The Saints U14A team had an exciting game at Kearsney that went right down to the wire, the hosts eventually winning by 1 wicket.