Tuesday afternoon, 8 February 2022 was certainly one to remember for St Charles College cricket as the first XI, second XI and U16A teams all recorded T20 wins from the three T20 matches against visitors Hilton College.
The fixtures were arranged to at least get in some cricket between the schools after the past Saturday’s rain prevented a single ball being bowled in those scheduled fixtures.
These totals etc. are according to the Hilton stats.
In the first XI T20 match on the Saints Oval yesterday, St Charles firsts scored 125 for 6 wickets in their 20 overs, to which Hilton replied with 123 for 9, which left St Charles the winners by 2 runs. Can’t-sit-still moments at the end.
SCC photo caption: The St Charles College first XI after beating Hilton College first XI by 2 runs in the T20 match at St Charles Oval on Tuesday afternoon.
In the previous four completed matches between the two schools’ first XIs the Hilton teams of the era had won three and lost one.
In the second XI T20 match on Colts field, St Charles seconds compiled 114 in their 20 overs, to which Hilton replied with 80, giving St Charles the win by 34 runs.
In the previous two completed matches at second XI level, Hilton had won both, by 69 runs and 6 wickets respectively, so a feather in the cap of Saints seconds.
In the U16A match, Hilton made 107 for 7 in their 20 overs, and St Charles responded successfully to reach 108 for 4 and thereby a 6-wicket victory.
Access to previous results at U16A level were not available at the time of writing.
Three Hilton College cricket teams travel to hosts St Charles College this (February 8th 2022 Tuesday) afternoon for a 3pm start, the matches in the T20 format.
Although the abbreviated nature is not ideal, today should go a way in making up somewhat for the disappointment of Saturday’s cancelled-due-to-the-weather, longer-format matches.
It is certainly a lot better than nothing at all. And given the time constraints and crowded schedules of schools these days it is great to see.
All 3 Hilton teams look to be strong units in their particular division or age-group category and, weather permitting this afternoon, should test the Saints to the full.
Hilton College 1st XI
Jake Carstens, Jarryd Pike, Charles Swart, Ivan Lockem, Ross Boast, Kristofer Watt (capt), Matthew Stewart, Nicholas Chantler, Matt Wilson, Olwethu Kweyama, Kieran Kilmartin
Hilton College 2nd XI
Luke Watt, Hylton Lötter, Jason Dix, Samuel Strydom, Matt Diemont, Matt Rout (capt), Wian Liebenberg, Thomas Roy, Brett Cutting, Christopher Roy, Matipa Denenga
Hilton College U16A
Christopher Wagner, Jarred Kitto (capt), Ivan JJuuko, Kyle Christie, Ethan van Heerden, Grant Bridgeford, James McGregor, Didier Rey, Kingsley Thompson, Murray Loughor-Clarke, Natenzi Denenga
St Charles College has been one of the dominant schools in KZN basketball over the last two decades and have regularly been ranked in the top 3 nationally.
However, Hilton College under the leadership of basketball director Ayanda Shange, have made a prominent rise in the standings of late. This included a dominant victory at home over the SCC team to start the Stayers’ season in term 4 of 2021.
With exceptional shooting, Hilton were able to beat St Charles College in that Stayers match late last year and signalled their intentions for term 1 in 2022.
Justin Waldman Sports Photography feature photo: St Charles College’s Malachi Prigge was in great form against Hilton College firsts in the SK Arena at Saints on Saturday.
Saints first team basketball head coach Darren Holcomb reports that this past Saturday saw the two teams’ first meeting since and, with limited other sport (especially no cricket) being played due to the inclement weather, the SK Arena at Saints was full of energy.
“With strong crowd support for the home team, St Charles College looked to bounce back.
“The early minutes of the game were uneventful as both teams battled to find their range. Both teams missed opportunities to apply pressure and the game was tightly poised by the end of the first quarter.
Based on the outcome of the Stayers’ match late last year, Hilton perhaps were favoured to win the game on Saturday, but it was the Saints who made the initial run.
“Behind a variety of different defensive looks, which included zone, man and full-court presses, the Saints were able to assert some dominance and jump out to a fair lead by half-time,” said Darren.
“Although no one player can be singled out for SCC, the defensive team energy was outstanding, and they managed to build more and more pressure on Hilton with their full-court press. This led to several Hilton turnovers and easy baskets for the home team.”
St Charles College managed to extend their lead further in the 3rd quarter, with their largest points difference being 26 points.
“With confidence high, the Saints fell into a wonderful team rhythm which allowed very few opportunities for Hilton to fight back and the final score was 68-50 in St Charles College’s favour.”
In the other Saints/Hilton basketball matches, Hilton seconds beat Saints 27-12; Hilton thirds won 21-20; Hilton U16A won 26-25; Hilton U15A lost 33-19; Hilton U14A won 19-18.
The U16A and U14A matches, just one point in it, as in the third team match. Gripping stuff for players, coaches and spectators.
The Hilton College first XI had a good workout in beating a Tuskers Academy XI by 72 runs in a T20 match on the Hart-Davis Oval at Hilton on Thursday afternoon, the Hiltonians compiling 143 for 6 in their 20 overs, to which Tuskers replied with 71 all out.
Saturday on the St Charles College Oval is what is a keenly anticipated fixture against the hosts school’s first XI but indications suggest the weather may be the main player in this one. More’s the pity as it looks to be a contest between two sides who have shown much promise to date.
Certain basketball fixtures could also be decimated by the prevailing wet weather although those taking place in the indoor arena are not affected.
The first team basketball clash is set for 1.30pm in that SK Arena at Saints.
The Hilton firsts basketball team for the match is:
Michael Fox, Kwame Huyberechts, Kediretswe Mbaakanyi, Chisha Mulenga, Saphiwa Nzimande, Qhawe Soji (vice-capt), Nic Thorburn, Roelf van der Merwe (capt), David Tshebi, Tiisano Tisane, Declan Sawyer and Oyisa Pupuma
The Saints first water polo team take on the Hilton second side in Hilton’s Ducasse Aquatic Centre at 10.30am.
The first team golf match was due to be played from 3.30pm at Victoria Country Club on Friday, 4 February.
The St Charles College versus Maritzburg College basketball fixture always stirs the emotions and Saturday afternoon’s first team match at Maritzburg College’s Alan Paton Hall was no exception.
St Charles College head of Upper School and first team basketball head coach Darren Holcomb cited the performance of the Maritzburg College first team in the final quarter of the match as having been the decisive period that separated the sides.
Holcomb, himself a former SA basketball player, said: “The game between St Charles College and Maritzburg College is one of the most hyped and anticipated of the season.”
Going into Saturday’s fixture, Darren said the anticipation was even bigger, considering the two teams had split their previous matches. With both teams looking for the defining result, tensions were high, the clash living up to expectations.
“In front of a capacity crowd, the two teams traded baskets with both coaches adjusting defences to keep the opposition on their toes. With a mixture of man-to-man, zone and press defences utilised by both teams, there were regular changes in the lead on the scoreboard.
“Both teams struggled with their outside shooting and as a result relied on aggressive drives to the basket to keep the scores rolling over. Despite the efforts of both teams to extend their leads, the score remained tied up with 6 minutes left to play.”
Darren said that with everything to play for, it was St Charles College who blinked first with a few consecutive turnovers which led to fast-break opportunities and easy scores.
St Charles College, with the momentum against them were forced into a high-risk, high-reward defence to try pull the game back. However, College were up to the task and managed to exchange baskets for the remainder of the quarter.
“College are to be complimented on their play in the final quarter, which was outstanding, and resulted in them sealing the decider between these two fine teams, the final score 81-66 in Maritzburg College’s favour.”
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As St Charles College first XI head coach Lucky Dladla put it, the City Derby always brings excitement and buzz to the KZN capital.
And so it was this past Saturday when the Maritzburg College first XI hosted Saints in a 50-over match on Goldstones, an intense, absorbing cricket contest in which the Saints prevailed by 28 runs.
They certainly had to work hard for it, as the boys in Red Black and White hooped caps were handily placed at times.
Feature photo: Saints skipper Jason Muirhead raises his bat for his 50 on the way to a match-defining 88 on Goldstones Saturday. Photo: Justin Waldman Sports Photography
“The morning overhead conditions were conducive for bowling,” said Dladla. “Maritzburg College won the toss, and without any doubt elected to bowl first. Their opening bowlers [Bryn Brokensha and Matthew Ponter] ran in and bowled superbly well, beating the bat on numerous occasions.”
It wasn’t too long before they made in-roads into the Saints batting line-up.
“Daniel Wassenaar, was the first to go, bowled by a brilliant yorker,” said Dladla. “Soon after his dismissal, the second wicket ( Sam Brown) fell.”
With Saints 21 for 2 after 9 overs, the home side were well on top.
The in-form Saints captain Jason Muirhead made his way to the wicket and started to build the Saints innings by rotating the strike and putting away the bad ball to the boundary.
“The 3rd wicket stand between Muirhead and wicketkeeper/batsman Ntando Zuma saw Saints recover considerably and the Saints were 97 for 2 after 25 overs, and morning tea.
“The pair continued steadily and had a 114-run partnership before Zuma was bowled for 54 runs, in the 40th over of the 50.”
Muirhead fell short of what coach Dladla feels would have been a well-deserved 100 when he was bowled on 88 runs. The Saints were a competitive 216 for 6 after 50 overs and had set a defendable total. It was a fine effort after the shaky start.
“Maritzburg College began the chase with intent,” said coach Dladla, himself a Maritzburg College Old Boy and former first XI cricketer.
The Saints Zulu teacher and cricket coach said that the game was in the balance at afternoon tea with Maritzburg College on 97 for 2 after 25 overs.
The home side needed another 120 at just under 5 to the over and were well placed with 8 wickets in hand.
Saints were as well aware as their opponents that the last session of the day was key to both sides.
“The battle continued, and disciplined bowling by Saints tightened the screws,” said Dladla. “The pressure mounted, and College wickets started to fall.”
The Saints coach added: “A brilliant spell by Tahir Khonat (match figures of three for 48) sealed the victory for Saints. Maritzburg College were eventually restricted to 188 all out, St Charles College winning by 28 runs.”
# For the St Charles College first XI to claim victory over the Maritzburg College first XI on Goldstones is certainly a feather in the cap of the current side captained by Jason Muirhead.
Prior to Saturday, of the nine matches since 2016, Saints had won three and College had won three, with three matches ending in draws or being abandoned due to the weather. Saturday’s win is Saints’ first on Goldstones during this time period.
The three previous Saints first XI victories since 2016 had been on the St Charles College Oval, the PMB Oval in Alexandra Park, and at the main cricket oval of the UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus’s Peter Booysen Sports Park.
Saints’ time at the first-grade Rondebosch Festival during the second week of January, where they lost 5 from 5 to Bishops (3 wickets, declaration game), PBHS (2 wickets, declaration), Affies (6 wickets, 50-over), Rondebosch (12 runs, 50-over) and Wynberg (52 runs, T20) appears to have been time well spent.
The maturity they have exhibited over the past fortnight in beating visitors Glenwood (by 6 wickets) and now Maritzburg College shows that lessons were learned in Cape Town and are being applied in the domestic season.
First XI captain Jason Muirhead has been the outstanding performer over the last two weeks with his 73 against Glenwood on the St Charles College Cricket Oval and now Saturday’s 88 against Maritzburg College on Goldstones.
Jason’s 91 against Rondebosch in Cape Town is regarded by St Charles as his best knock to date.
Jason’s intent, and ability, to occupy the crease and treat each ball on its merits has been the core that has bound the two successful St Charles innings together over the past fortnight.
With the support of Matthew Urquhart’s 39 against Glenwood, Jason has also been instrumental in putting the match-defining partnership together, and then again on Goldstones, this time with wicketkeeper and middle-order batsman Ntando Zuma, who made 54.
The team line-up of Marcel Wellmann, Daniel Wassenaar, Sam Brown, Jason Muirhead, Urquhart, Ntando Zuma, Brendon Sunguro, Nathan Beaumont, Tahir Khonat, Tim Schoeman and Sam Ndlovu has also remained unchanged these past 2 weeks.
Seamers Tim Schoeman (3 for 30 vs Glenwood) and in particular Tahir Khonat (6 wickets for 82 runs over the past 2 matches), have also played significant roles with the ball, as has relatively inexperienced off-spinner Brendon Sunguro.
The other members of the side will have further opportunity come more prominently to the fore in due course.
Of course, much the same applies to all the teams and individuals in KZN.
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The St Charles College first XI built on their four-wicket victory over Glenwood the previous week to record a meritorious 28-run win over the Maritzburg College first XI on Goldstones Saturday.
College won 7 of their 9 completed matches against Saints and overall won 9 of their 14 matches over the course of Saturday.
Feature photo: The victorious St Charles College first XI on Goldstones Saturday.
The St Charles College first XI did very well to consolidate and build a defendable total after being put in to bat on a grassy Goldstones pitch that assisted the quicker bowlers in the morning session. Saints were 17 for two after 8 overs with College opening bowlers Bryn Brokensha and Matthew Ponter asking plenty of questions of the batsmen.
Saints captain Jason Muirhead continued his excellent run with the bat, scoring 88 on Goldstones Saturday to go with his unbeaten 73 in the win over Glenwood. N. Zuma scored 54 as the third-wicket Saints partnership proved to be a decisive factor in the match.
The Saints innings closed at 216 for six at the conclusion of their 50 overs, Ponter and Cayden Hohls getting 2 wickets apiece.
Creedon Smith (36) and Caleb Thomas (44) had done much of the work in getting College to a handily-placed 97 for two at afternoon tea. Needing 116 to win off the remaining 25 overs with 8 wickets still intact, College were in a strong position.
St Charles, to their credit, managed to restrict the run rate and the pressure built on the College batsmen. A key phase of the match saw College’s total of 144 for 3 descend to 152 for 6 and ultimately to 188 all out in the 50th over. Bryn Brokensha (34) was the other College batsman to get more than 30. Saints’ T. Khonat again picked up 3 wickets (3 for 48) to add to his 3-34 against Glenwood the previous Saturday.
1st Team in brief: St Charles College 216/6 (J Muirhead 88 N Zuma 54, C Hohls 2-36, M Ponter 2-43) Maritzburg College 188 all out (C Smith 36, C Thomas 44, B Brokensha 34, T Khonat 3-48). SCC won by 28 runs.
Maritzburg College’s Summary of Cricket Results
|1st||SCC||SCC 216 for 6.
College 188 all out.
College lost by 28 runs
|2nd||SCC||SCC 165 all out; Armstrong 4/51 in 9, Nkabinde 3/26
College 166 for 7 in 38.2; Currie 73, Khumalo 27, Thomson 23
College won by 3 wickets
|3rd||SCC||College 102 all out.
College lost by 21 runs
|5th||SCC||SCC 68 all out;
College 71/5 in 17.3 overs.
College won by 5 wickets
|U16A||SCC||SCC 90 all out; Gibson 4/11
College 91 for 5,
College won by 5 wickets
|U16B||SCC||SCC 124 all out; Armstrong 4/14
College 125/3; Erasmus 32, Warren 33 n/o
College won by 7 wickets
|U16C||Howick||Howick 16A 95/6;
College won by 2 wickets
|U15C||Howick||College & Howick 73 all out.
|U15D||SCC||SCC 161 all out, College 85 all out
College lost by 76 runs
|U14A||SCC||College 219 all out. De Bruyn 60, Fabre 29
SCC 195/10; Gasa 4/28, Naidoo 2/19
College won by 24 runs
|U14B||SCC||SCC 145 all out; Francis 2/12
College 149/6; Thompson 37, Cook 36
College won by 4 wickets
|U14C||SCC||SCC 50 all out;
College won by 9 wickets
|U14D||HUB||HUB 148 for 5
College 77 all out
College lost by 71 runs
|College 132/3; Dickason 46
College won by 48 runs
The two Pietermaritzburg boys’ high schools dating back to 1863 and 1875 respectively meet on the cricket fields and basketball courts plus the water polo pool Saturday, 29 January.
Maritzburg College (1863) and St Charles College (1875) have a longstanding association in the KZN capital and those ties are sure to be strengthened on the playing fields tomorrow.
The first XI cricket match at Maritzburg College’s premier Goldstones ground starts at 9am. The 50-over format is the order of play. Derby matches can throw up the unexpected and it may well be that cometh the hour cometh the cricketer to tilt the odds one way or another.
The longstanding basketball rivalry continues unabated and the 1.30pm first team clash in Maritzburg College’s cavernous Alan Paton Hall will provoke much interest.
The 2021 fourth term “stayers” match at St Charles went College’s way but St Charles will reflect on many a points-scoring basket that went astray.
The first team water polo match is at 10.30 in the Maritzburg College pool.
The Maritzburg College website has all the fixture details.
Brad Robinson, the Maritzburg College Old Boy and new finance manager at St Charles College, came within millimetres of winning the Bowls South Africa National Men’s Singles title in Cape Town over the weekend.
Feature photo: Brad Robinson in upbeat mood ahead of the singles semi-finals.
This tournament, along with the SA Masters and the SA Interprovincial, is in the top 3 most prestigious events in the country. And in terms of purely Club Bowls, is probably the number 1 event.
Brad, who is a Team Aero player was 18-13 up in the SA singles final on the picturesque Western Province Cricket Club greens.
If he had touched the jack with his next and final shot on that particular end, the necessary 3 points were in the bag to be crowned SA bowls singles champion with a 21-13 victory.
When approached by KZN10.com a few hours ago as to how close he got with that final shot, Brad smiled ruefully: “Jono I had to touch the jack for 3 and just missed by a few millimetres.”
Brad’s opponent, Niksa Benguric from Gauteng North bowls province, came back into this tensest of title showdowns… and the scores were locked at 20-20.
“Niksa saved game a few ends before the end,” says Brad, who predominantly plays out of Lynwood Bowling Club in Pietermaritzburg and represents the KZN Inland province.
“Then on that last head I narrowly missed the jack to win the final,” says Brad, who was also the runner-up in the 2017 SA National Men’s Singles final.
And the outcome was that Niksa won the SA National Men’s Singles title and gold medal on a 21-20 final scoreline with Brad taking the silver.
Must have been pretty tight out there, Brad?
“Yes Jono, it certainly was a tense game, yet played in a great spirit between old friends. I was relatively calm throughout and was backing myself all the way – even with the last bowl.
“One thing I stand by is that you have to trust your ability,” says Brad, who is a chartered accountant and previously a senior manager at Pricewaterhouse Coopers before taking up his new position at St Charles College.
Brad participated in 3 disciplines at Nationals in Cape Town, namely the SA Fours, the SA Pairs and the SA Singles – and it was most definitely a case of near-misses across the board for this Maritzburg College Old Boy of the Class of 2000 .
“In the SA Fours I played with Calvin Hollis [of Maritzburg Bowling Club] and Gerry Baker and Prince Neluonde [of Bryanston Sports Club in Johannesburg].
“We lost in the quarter-finals by 1 shot with the last bowl.”
In the Pairs, again playing alongside Calvin Hollis – a Glenwood Old Boy and owner of the popular Kick & Whistle Family Restaurant and Sports Bar in the KZN capital – the two good friends lost on an extra end in the last 16.
So near, yet so…
You can be sure that Brad will not be giving up his quest for gold anytime soon.
Take a look at this previous KZN10.com feature on Brad.
The Saints Premier League is up and away, and a big shout out to the Royals and Malachites for kicking off their title quest with a bang.