U14 Cricket on Tour: Full Match Reports

Wynberg Boys' High School Cricket: U14A on tour at Hilton College

Wynberg Boys’ High School Cricket: U14A on tour at Hilton College: resplendent in T20 kit, outside Hilton’s Fleur de Lys on the Hart-Davis Oval

Match 1: Maritzburg College (declaration)

Wynberg won the toss and asked Maritzburg College to bat hoping to eliminate the common threat of teams in reply closing up shop and playing for a draw during the afternoon session – to bat for the win should the opportunity present itself. It duly did and, despite Maritzburg College posting a competitive total, Wynberg never entertained thoughts of anything other than the win. Opening bat, Riaz Paleker, anchored the innings and ultimately carried his bat. A flurry of late wickets in the fading light with victory in sight made this a closer game – on paper –  than it ultimately was.

Maritzburg College 165 all out (Matthew Petersen 3/31)

Wynberg 167/7 (Riaz Paleker 51*)

Wynberg won by 3 wickets

Match 2: Westville (declaration)

Westville opted to bat and found itself, care of impressive new-ball bowling by the Wynberg attack, in early trouble at 12/2 and 40/4. A 120-run 5th wicket stand, however, took the game away from Wynberg. Westville duly reached 200 and, once the Westville # 4 raised his bat in acknowledgment of an excellent ton, Wynberg felt sure the declaration would come. It did not and Westville duly batted its full quota of 60 overs to post 240/7.

Wynberg, in order to win, would have to chase the required runs in 40 overs at a run-rate in excess of 6. The reality was that Westville had batted itself in to a position whereby it could not lose the game and, with Wynberg on 148/4 by close of play, the expected draw was confirmed. Paleker batted well again at the top of the order and Kyle Lamb, in at number three, registered an undefeated half-century: his first for the team.

Westville 240/7

Wynberg 148/4 (Kyle Lamb 51*; Riaz Paleker 45)

Match drawn

Match 3: St Charles’ College (50-overs-a-side)

Wynberg won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first on a road of a deck with lightning quick outfields. The boys, however, failed to fill their boots and gifted their wickets to the opposition. St Charles’ ultimately ended the boys’ misery short of the 50-over mark and the Wynberg coaching staff had harsh words and home truths for the Wynberg side during the change-of-innings’ interval. The team, to its credit, responded well and defended its sub-par total with verve and vigour. Bodies-on-the-line stuff saw the final St Charles’ wicket fall 32 runs short of the target.

Wynberg 161 all out (Brent Johnson 40)

St Charles’ College 129 all out (Matthew Petersen 3/18)

Wynberg won by 32 runs

Wynberg Boys' High School Cricket: U14A on Tour, October 2014

Wynberg Boys’ High School Cricket: U14A on Tour, October 2014: early morning swim at Hilton College, photo courtesy Mouton Joubert

Match 4: Hilton College (T20)

The last day’s games of a Hilton tour are always taxing as boys (and coaches and umpires),exhausted from long days in the sun, dig deep for one last effort. Wynberg took to the Hart-Davis (the Hilton 1st XI field) in a great frame of mind, care of a good night’s sleep and a sunrise ‘pick-me-up’ swim in the Hilton ‘pool. Wynberg won the toss and opted to bat. What followed was easily the team’s most complete batting performance of the tour as the boys approached the task at hand with intensity and purpose. The 160-odd total registered should have been enough and is easily the highest T20 total recorded by a Wynberg 14A side in my five-year tenure as coach.

The reality is that Wynberg total’s was not enough. Not nearly enough. Rank bad bowling and audacious batting by the Hilton openers blew Wynberg away and the attack simply had no answers to the onslaught. Hilton raced to 32/0 after 2 and the 100 was on the board by the ninth over. A shell-shocked Wynberg shook hands with the victors in the 19th over.

Wynberg 157/7 (Brent Johnson 48)

Hilton College 161/1

Wynberg lost by 9 wickets

Match 5: St John’s College (T20)

A stunned and outwardly deflated Wynberg took to a dusty and sun-baked field within 30 minutes of the Hilton defeat and, at 40/5, the coaching staff feared that this game was a bridge too far. Cue a magnificent and character-filled fight-back as Schippers, Verhoog, Saliem and Petersen combined to sap the remaining strength of the St John’s players and lead Wynberg to a very respectable 147/9.

De Villiers struck with the second ball of the innings and, in truth, a tired St John’s was never in it as the run-rate got further and further beyond St Johns’ control. Wynberg ultimately cruised to a 35-run win and, in so doing, ended the tour on a high.

Wynberg 147/9

St John’s College 112/7

Wynberg won by 35 runs

Festival record: Played 5. Won 3. Drew 1. Lost 1.

Report by Mr Shaun Hewett, MIC Wynberg Cricket on Tour at Hilton College

Wynberg Boys' High School Cricket: U14A on Tour, October 2014

Wynberg Boys’ High School Cricket: U14A on Tour, October 2014; atop the arch of the Moses Mabhida Stadium high above an overcast Durban.