Five schools go into the final day of the Michaelmas Festival in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday with three wins out of three under their belts, writes THEO GARRUN.
King Edward beat highly-rated Hilton College by six wickets on Monday, following wins over the CSA Tap team and Westville on the first two days, and they go into their final encounter against Kearsney on Tuesday looking like the most impressive side on view.
St Stithians beat CSA Tap by eight wickets on Monday, having bowled them out for just 70, and they too are looking very good. They beat Westville and Clifton in their earlier encounters and face St Charles in their last game.
Grey College is the only non-Gauteng team to win three out of three so far. They beat Clifton on Monday after earlier defeating Michaelhouse and Maritzburg College.
The Pretoria schools – Affies and Boys’ High – are the other teams who are unbeaten going into the final day.
The conditions in KZN have certainly favoured the batsmen this week and there were some big scores again on Monday. The only century was scored by Hilton’s James Ritchie, who made 107 in a losing cause against KES.
There were also some big half-centuries on the day, with Jason Bracher’s 89 for KES securing the game against Hilton and Jacques van der Walt scoring 72 not out for Maritzburg College against St John’s. Ciaran Bigwood of Northwood got his third score of the week (78 not out against Hudson Park), Guy Rushmere of St Andrew’s made 70 in his side’s win over Westville, Danwich Beukes of Grey College got 74 against Clifton, and Hilton’s Michael Sclanders scored 53 against KES to follow up his 150 against Westlake on day two.
Some of the games on the final day will be played as T20s to allow the inland teams to start their journeys home early.
Michaelmas Cricket Festival scores – day 3
St John’s 185 (John Redding 36, Amish Kooverjee 44; Mondi Khumalo 3-9, Chad Fortmann 3-11, Andre Bradford 3-46)
Maritzburg College 186-4 (Tristam Elam 40, Jaques van der Walt 72 not out)
Maritzburg College won by six wickets
Michaelhouse 228-6 (William Norton 34, Fraser Jones 59 not out; Rein Hulme 3-45)
St Alban’s 163 (Ross Whitelaw 33, Rein Hulme 49; Christopher Williamson 31; Roland van der Berg 3-3)
Michaelhouse won by 65 runs
Hilton 254 (James Ritchie 107, Michael Sclanders 53; Bryce Parsons 3-29, Callum Broodryk 3-41)
KES 257-4 (Jason Bracher 86, Bryce Parsons 37, Callum Broodryk 46, Heinrigh Pieterse 44 not out)
KES won by six wickets
Hudson Park 173 (Akhona Mnyaka 34; Ali Hamid 3-33)
Northwood 175-2 (Kiaron Gopal 30, Ciaran Bigwood 78 not out, Andile Magagane 54 not out)
Northwood won by eight wickets
Affies 170 (Dian Forrester 36, Dian Liebenberg 32; Jordan Hendrikse 4-32, Sanele Manqayi 3-20)
Glenwood 110 (Hayden Rossouw 26; Ximus Du Plooy 3-12)
Affies won by 60 runs
Westville 327-9 (Caleb Pillay 99, Jeandre Viljoen 36; Ryan Ford 3-47)
St Andrew’s 238-7 (James Mullins 61, Guy Rushmere 70, Matthew Schaefer 35; Francois Fourie 4-6)
St Andrew’s won by three wickets
Pretoria Boys’ High 184
St Charles 157 (Jaryd van Straaten 4-27)
Pretoria won by 27 runs
Grey College 341 (Danwich Beukes 74, Marco de Kock 64, CP Klijnhans 50, Brenan Callis 64; Ariq Chetty 2-41)
Clifton 136 (Brian Kershaw 4-52, Michael Bondiseo 3-26)
Grey won by 205 runs
Jeppe 176-7 (Matthew van Dyk 46)
DHS 129 (Pano Mouchteros 4-23)
Jeppe won by 46 runs
CSA TAP 70
St Stithians 71-2
St Stithians won by eight wickets
Westlake 77 (Carl Heunis 3-18, Michael Brokensha 3-9)
Kearsney 78-1 (James Young 42 not out)
Kearsney won by nine wickets
Maritzburg College vs Westlake
Hilton College vs St Andrew’s
St Charles College vs St Stithians
Clifton School vs Affies
Northwood vs Pretoria Boys’ High School
Glenwood High School vs CSA TAP Invitation
Grey College vs St John’s
Durban High School vs St Alban’s
Westville vs Jeppe High School for Boys
Kearsney vs King Edward VII School
Michaelhouse vs Hudson Park
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