Playing at home, Luke Schlemmer, Westville’s Captain won the toss and elected to bowl, as his bowlers were eager to get stuck into the inexperienced Northwood batting line up.
His decision certainly paid dividends as strike bowler, Jesse Smit dismissed both the opening batsman in quick succession leaving Northwood sitting on 17-2. Northwood continued to lose wickets with monotonous regularity and the highest scoring period of their innings was a 9th wicket partnership which produced 27 runs. This allowed them to reach 100/10 in 26.4 overs. The man who did the most damage from Westville was Luke Schlemmer, newly selected as vice captain of the KZN U19 Cricket team. In 4.4 overs, he took 3 wickets for 15 runs.
A highlight for Westville Boys in the 1st innings, was the fielding of the team. They seemed like men possessed. The run out made by Bruce Kerr was a beauty and a Jonty Rhodes special. With one stump to aim at, Bruce Kerr swooped in on the ball, quickly aimed and struck the stumps to remove K. Rawlings of Northwood. Also the brilliant catch by Captain Luke Schlemmer was a reflection of the hard work put in by the boys at fielding sessions. He took a stunner at 1st slip to remove the opposite Captain Dale Van Der Merwe, a huge threat as Van Der Merwe is well known for his big hitting abilities.
The 2nd Innings did not start off as planned for the home team.
Westville’s opening batsman and KZN Cricketer, Jason Oakes lost his wicket early through an LBW dismissal. A good partnership between KZN U17 Cricketer, Bruce Kerr and U19 KZN Cricketer, Nick Pentz then followed yielding 85 runs. Bruce Kerr lost his wicket late in the chase, which brought in captain Luke Schlemmer to finish off the job with WBHS reaching 102 for the loss of two wickets in 20.5 overs.
Bruce Kerr 37(50)
Nick Pentz 48*(56)
Westville Boys’ High School won by 8 wickets.
The full set of results are as follows:
Cricket vs Northwood at Westville:
1st Northwood 100/10, Schlemmer 3 for 15
1st Westville 104/2, Kerr 37, Pentz 48
Westville won by 8 wickets
16a Northwood 116/10 Alston-Stewart 3 for 35
16a Westville 117/1, Vermaak 58*
Westville won by 9 wickets
14a Westville 230/10 Gerversoni 47, Jairaj 45, Gibbon43, Alvin 3 for 55
14a Northwood 179/10 Singh 62, Brady 3 for 19, Stephens 3 for 28
Westville won by 51 runs
Cricket vs Northwood at Northwood:
2nd Northwood 24/10 Tyrell 3 for 5, Patel 3 for 3, Groenewald 3 for 10
2nd Westville 25/1
Westville won by 9 wickets
3rd Westville 177/4, Wardle 51, Kinsey 34
3rd Northwood 26/10, Meherjina 4 for 5
Westville won by 151 runs
15a Westville 243/10, Poland 65, Van Hagt 41, Van Rensburg 31
15a Northwood 195/10, Beavan 5 for 41
Westville won by 32 runs