1st XI Cricket Report: Glenwood vs DHS – Saturday 20th January 2018
For the first official fixture of the 2018 cricket season, the Glenwood 1st XI had to make the short trip across the Berea to take on historical rivals Durban High School.
Having had an excellent start to the year with a successful pre-season tour, the Glenwood boys went into the contest full of confidence and excitement. It was a scorcher of a day in Durban, with temperatures easily exceeding the 30-degree mark. Glenwood, with this in mind and what looked to be a good hard pitch, won the toss and elected to bat.
The Glenwood openers, Thamsanqa khumalo and Joe Jonas, gave the side the start they were looking for and celebrated a 50 run opening stand. Khumalo was the first man to depart with the score on 69. Francis Moran didn’t last long and was dismissed cheaply. Captain Jaden Hendrikse and Jonas took the team past the 100 run mark just after 20 overs, with the score reading 100-2.
Glenwood however stumbled just before the tea break losing two quick wickets, and resulted in the two teams sharing the first session. After the break, Glenwood allowed DHS back into the game losing 2 wickets in 2 balls, with the score now reading 106-6. A batting partnership was needed and all-rounder Jordan Hendrikse showed some support to in- form batsman Alex Pillay who was going about his work with great maturity. Hendrikse departed with the score on 142-7, and 1st Team debutant Thabiso Shangase joined Pillay at the crease.
Shangase, mostly known for his left-arm orthodox spin, surprised many with some solid defence and lofted drives to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The two batsmen together steadied the Glenwood ship and steered the team to a very competitive 202-7 after 50 Overs. Both Pillay and Shangase finishing unbeaten on 57 and 24 respectively.
DHS then begun their chase and started well, being disciplined with their shot selection. Jordan Hendrikse made the break through nicking off the opening batsman through to Fabian Naidoo who was waiting behind with the gloves. A few overs later an exciting 3 over period saw 3 wickets fall in quick succession, with KZN provincial quicks Sanele Mnqayi and Lifa Ntanzi delivering a fiery spell of bowing.
Glenwood faced some resistance from DHS wicket keeper-batsman Tawanda, but the off-spin bowling of Khumalo saw to the left-handers’ demise shortly before the Tea break, DHS on 64-5 after 25 Overs. After a refreshing break, the Glenwood boys made light work of the remaining DHS Batsmen bowling them out for 100.
A superb effort in the Durban heat by our boys, displaying a clinical fielding and bowling performance. An excellent win over our biggest rivals, the Glenwood boys can be very proud of their performance.
- Pillay 57*
- Jonas 53
DHS 100 All Out
- Khumalo 3-14
Glenwood won by 102 runs.
Report by Mr Brandon Scullard (Director of Cricket / 1st XI Cricket Coach)
Photos by Mr Jodey Korte (Marketing)