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Maritzburg College clamp down on Clifton

By Brad Morgan , in Cricket | Featured Cricket | News , at 2024-01-28 Tags: ,

The Maritzburg College 1st XI travelled to the Riverside Sports Club, the home of Clifton College sport, on Saturday, intent on victory after a hard-fought defeat to Westville Boys’ High the previous weekend.

Clifton, for their part, had gone down to Michaelhouse in their last weekend outing, so they, too, were in need of a win.

The home side elected to bat first and openers, Byron Ward and Cohen Naidoo, partnered for 32 for the first wicket before the nagging accuracy of Michael Gibson accounted for Ward. Naidoo followed on the same score, a victim of Ollie Da Costa‘s spin, for a bright 23 from 30 balls, which featured three fours and a six.

When KZN u16 star Tim Saulez was run out for only five, Clifton’s innings was in danger of sliding towards disaster. College, though, helped the home side recover by spilling a number of catches.

Shahzaad Perumal did a good job for the home team and together with Lawson Dinsdale added 43 for the fifth wicket before Dinsdale departed for 18. Four runs later, with the total on 112, Perumal joined him on the side of the field.

Perumal’s 48 proved to be the highest score of the match, and it came from 67 balls, five of which he despatched across the boundary rope for four.

Clifton lost a further batsman on the same total, when Ollie Da Costa got rid of Callum Watson.

Gabriel Vermeulen presented stubborn resistance, making 16 before he was the second batsman to go out. Simon Hill followed soon after and Clifton were all out for 146 after 47.4 overs.

Da Costa stole the bowling spotlight with a return of 4/19 from 12 overs, which included five maidens. Julian Konigkramer enjoyed success, too, picking up 3/31 in 6.4 overs, and Michael Gibson kept the batsmen tied down, claiming 1/12 from five with the new ball.

It wasn’t an imposing victory target that College faced and their opening batsmen, Daniel Nadasan and Llewelyn Sutherland, produced a steady start to the run chase. The put on 49 before Shiraz Perumal removed Sutherland for 35 from 44 balls, which included six fours.

After a patient 60-ball stay, Nadasan was out, with the total on 65, for 20, the first of two victims of Simon Hill.

Chad Mason knuckled down and worked the ball around, knowing he didn’t need to chase runs. He and Ollie Da Costa made 42 for the third wicket before Hill removed Da Costa for 14.

Mason then came oh so close to seeing his side to victory, but Rivan Moodley picked up the College skipper’s wicket with only 13 runs needed to win. Mason’s innings of 39 runs had taken 89 balls, and he had struck four fours.

It was left to Michael Gibson, who finished undefeated on 21, to see Maritzburg College to a six-wicket win with 6.1 overs to spare.

Simon Hill led the Clifton bowlers, taking 2/26 in six, while Shiraz Perumal snared 1/34 in 10, and Rivan Moodley 1/39, also from 10. Shahzaad Perumal kept the College batsmen quiet but went unrewarded while conceding only 22 runs from his 10 overs.

At Hilton, the home side stormed to victory in double-quick time against Glenwood.

Hilton’s bowlers got their teeth into the visiting team’s batting lineup early on and once they had the Green Machine in trouble they kept pressing and sent Glenwood packing for only 72 as Natenzi Denenga and Ethan van Heerden picked up three wickets each.

Robert Burman, with an unbeaten 40, and Ben Hockly, with 31 not out, then made light of a pitch that had challenged Glenwood to race to victory in 11.5 overs.

Summarised scores

Clifton College 146/10 (Shahzaad Perumal 48, Cohen Naidoo 23, Oliver Da Costa 4/19, Julian Konigkramer 3/31); Maritzburg College 147/4 (Chad Mason 39, Llewelyn Sutherland 35, Michael Gibson 21*, Daniel Nadasan 20, Simon Hill 2/26) Maritzburg College won by six wickets.

Glenwood 72/10 (Nathan Moodley 19; Natenzi Denenga 3/10, Ethan van Heerden 3/25, D Hill 2/16, Kyle Christie 1/17); Hilton College 73/0 (Robert Burman 40*, Ben Hockly 31*) Hilton College won by 10 wickets.

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