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College captain’s century not quite enough against Westville

By Brad Morgan , in Cricket | Featured Cricket | News , at 2024-01-22 Tags: ,

A well-played 101 not out from captain Chad Mason highlighted Maritzburg College‘s start to the 2024 cricket season, but it wasn’t quite enough to prevent Westville Boys’ High from recording a five-wicket win on Goldstone’s on Saturday in their traditional season-opener.

Batting first, College lost both of their openers cheaply, but Mason, batting third, and Michael Gibson, in at four, performed a fine rescue act. Together, they shared a 117-run partnership for the third wicket in 30.1 overs.

Gibson was then caught and bowled by Seth Simpson for 58 from 87 balls, which included six fours.

College’s hopes of a late innings run rate boost were undone by a fine spell from Westville paceman Dayalan Boyce – who had also removed both openers – and two run outs. Still, the home team ended their 50 overs on 212/9, which, on a wicket that requires batsmen to graft for their runs, made for a tricky chase for the Griffin.

Mason’s 101 came from 139 deliveries, seven of which he despatched for four and another for a six.

Boyce finished with the outstanding figures of 4/11 from six overs.

Westville made a solid start to their innings, with captain Nicandro Kistna and Max Robertson putting up 42 runs before Robertson perished, caught by Liam Armstrong off the bowling of Mason for 28 from 37 balls, which featured two sixes and nary a four.

Kistna and Seth Simpson accelerated the scoring, spending 17.1 overs together as they put on 72 runs for the second wicket before the skipper was bowled by Sphamandla Dzanibe for 50. He had struck three fours and a six.

Again, once a wicket had fallen, Westville consolidated their innings, with Simpson and Kaeden McAllister advancing the score to 169 before Simpson’s knock was ended, also by Dzanibe. He made 53 from 85, with two fours. When he departed, Westville required 44 to win in 8.4 overs.

Three runs shy of the 200, McAllister’s valuable innings was halted by the safe hands of Llewelyn Sutherland and the bowling of Julian Konigkramer. In 53 balls, he’d contributed 43 runs, and struck two fours and a six.

Just before the visitors overhauled the College total, Roxton Payne was out, but Westville needed only four to win, which they scored to seal victory with nine balls remaining.

Konigkramer was the most successful of the Maritzburg College bowlers, picking up 2/27 in six, while Dzanibe finished with 2/39 from nine.

A trip to Durban for a showdown with Clifton College awaits Maritzburg College this coming weekend, while Westville will make the short drive to the north of Durban to tackle Northwood School.

Summarised score

Maritzburg College 212/9 (Chad Mason 101*, Michael Gibson 58, Dayalan Boyce 4/11); Westville Boys’ High 216/5 (Seth Simpson 53, Nicandro Kistna 50, Kaeden McAllister 43, Julian Konigkramer 2/27, Sphamandla Dzanibe 2/39) Westville Boys’ High won by 5 wickets.

Brad Morgan
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