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.
Young Glenwood 1st XI a force to be reckoned with
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.