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Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:50

Cricket: Oppenheimer Week! History, Fixtures & Results

The Michaelmas Cricket Week has been a feature of the South African cricket season for 53 years.


TrenowethThere have been other school cricket festivals. However, the Michaelmas Invitation Week is the oldest 'private' festival cricket week. It has been held annually since 1959 (except in 1970) and the 2012 Week will be the fifty-third.

 This year 18 sides will again celebrate Michaelmas Cricket Week, a far cry from 1959 when only four schools were involved. We extend a special welcome to Westlake Boys' High School, our visitors from New Zealand. This is the second time they are participating in the Week, having previously played in 2005. Warm welcomes also go to Clifton and Northwood Schools. Clifton joins the Week for the first time, and Northwood returns after many years of absence.


The past and present international players who have participated in the Oppenheimer Week in the past 53 years:

Jacques Rudolph, AB de Villiers,Francois du Plessis, Makhaya Ntini, Lee Irvine, Barry Richards, Richard Snell, Lance Klusener, Jon Kent, Imraan Khan, Hashim Amla, Kepler Wessels (Australia, South Africa), Boeta Dippenaar, Victor Mpitsang, Morne van Wyk, the late Hansie Cronje, Corrie van Zyl, Nicky Boje, Ryan McLaren, Dave Callaghan, Andrew Hudson, Ali Bacher, Kevin McKenzie, Ray Jennings, Lee Barnard, Hugh Page, Adam Bacher, Nic Pothas, Graham Smith, Neil McKenzie, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Dale Benkenstein, Chris Smith (England), Ross Taylor (New Zealand), Tony Greig (England), Dave Rundle, Roy Pienaar, David Terbrugge, Michael Lumb (England), Grant Elliott (New Zealand).


How time flies...the sons of some of the above men have now begun appearing in Team Lists for the 2012 Week!



DAY One Review: 29 September, 2012

After the storms and a wet Friday, it was amazing that any cricket was played on the first day of the 53rd Oppenheimer Michaelmas Week. Five of the matches played got off to the scheduled start but the other four had reduced overs.

It was generally not a good start for the KZN teams as only two, Maritzburg College and Clifton, managing to win their games against St Albans and Hudson Park respectively.

The two most competitive games were at the St Charles Oval where the home side lost by just 6 runs against St Andrews and on Barns’ ground where St Stithians beat DHS by 16 runs. Both these two matches were played over the full 50 overs and were relatively high scoring games. Despite Tylor Trenoweth being the only player to score a ton on the first day and a half century by Austin Pruthab, it was just not enough to give DHS a win. Ryan Rickleton (80), Collin Campher and Nick Hern (54) set up the 266 for 6 scored by St Stithians.

St Andrews made 200 for 6 with Charles Bowren top-scoring with 66. Wiaan Luttig made 67 and Robin Mitchell 45 but St Charles fell 6 short at the close. Chris Ford was the star St Andrews capturing 5 St Charles wickets for 33 in a tense ending.

Other batsmen to score half centuries were Athi Mfazwe (Hudson Park) with 68, Gareth Orr (Maritzburg College) and Ben Compton (Clifton) both scoring 67, Vishay Singh (KZN Dev) with 59, Diaan Vorster (Affies) with 51 and an undefeated 52 by Yaseen Valli from KES. He together with fellow opening bat Grant Roelofsen (48) took their side to a 10 wicket win against Glenwood.

 The top bowling performance was by Mlugiseleli Gcado from the KZN Development team with 6 wickets for 34 against St Davids. In addition to the 5 wickets taken by St Andrew’s Ford, 4 wickets apiece were captured by Matthew Savadier (St Davids), Campbell Caley (Hilton) and Richard Thatcher (Clifton).

Results Day 1, 29 September, 2012


Clifton vs Hudson Park

Match Reduced to 40 overs

Clifton 221/8 (Ben Compton 67, Andrew Earle 48, Joshua Masojada 31, Tim Niemand 3/33)

Hudson Park 192/9 (Athi Mfazwe 68, Craig Sansom 38, Richard Thatcher 4/51)

Clifton won by 29 runs


DHS vs St Stithians’s

St Stithian’s 266/6 (Ryan Rickelton 80, Collin Campher 76, Nick Hern 54)

DHS 250/7 (Tylor Trenoweth 100, Austin Pruthab 56)

St Stithian’s won by 16 runs


Glenwood vs KES

Reduced to 40 overs

Glenwood 111

KES 112/0 (Yaseen Valli 52*, Grant Roelofsen 48*)

KES won by 10 wickets


Hilton vs Affies

Reduced to 45 overs

Affies 167 (Diaan Vorster 51, Campbell Caley 4/15)

Hilton 124 (Sebastian Negri 37)

Affies won by 63 runs


KZN Development vs St David’s

St David’s 255 (Asher Binder 51, Stuart Cox 42, Reynard Van Zyl 41, Mark Wyatt 32, Mlungiseleni Gcado 6/34, Sphamandla Mlambo 3/55)

KZN Dev. 177 (Vishay Singh 59, Sboniso Mabaso 30, Matthew Savidier 4/14)

St David’s won by 78 runs


Maritzburg College vs St Alban’s

College 187 (Gareth Orr 67, Tim Guise-Brown 46, Devan Landman 3/14, Kieran Rogers 3/36)

St Alban’s 97 Daryn Dupavillon 3/20, Lwandiswa Zuma 3/8)

College won by 90 runs


Northwood vs Pretoria BHS

PBHS 208 (Corhin Bosch 34, Matthew Hawken 32, Shane Horsley 32, Sureshan Moodley 3/42, Dale Moolman 3/35)

Northwood 120

PBHS won by 89 runs


St Charles vs St Andrew’s

St Andrew’s 200/9 (Charles Bowren 66, Fletcher Grafton 44, Blake Mingay 3/18, Matt Dukes 3/32)

St Charles 194 (Wiaan Luttig 67, Robin Mitchell 45, Chris Ford 5/33, Tyler Paul 3/25)

St Andrew’s won by 6 runs


Westlake BHS vs Grey College

Reduced to 35 overs

Westlake 126/8

Grey College 129/4 (Hanco Olivier 43)

Grey College won by 6 wickets


DAY TWO Review: 30 September, 2012

There were some surprise results on the second day but some disappointing batting by some. Clifton won their second game, a significant 8 wicket win against St Stithians, where Ben Compton and Senuran Muthusamy scored half centuries. Hilton won a game after scoring only 107 when they bowled St Andrews out for 90. The other KZN side to win was Glenwood against St Davids.

The top batting of the day came from the two KES players Grant Roelefsen (91) and Shaylen Pillay (82*). They took  KES to an 8 wicket win against DHS following their 10 wicket victory on the first day.  Grey College openers, Hanco Olivier (85*) and Christian Steyn (67*) who made 161 for the opening partnership enabled a 10 wicket win against St Charles. The only other batter to get a score over 75 was Craig Sansom from Hudson Park, but in the losing side against the New Zealand side, Westlake.  

There were two good all round individual efforts by Corhin Bosch from Pretoria BHS who made an undefeated 44 and then took 4 wickets with some excellent pace bowling to have M College all out for 100 and give his side a good 96 run win. The other was Shaylin Narainsamy from KZN Development who took 3 wickets and then made 36 but it was not good enough to help his side being defeated by 130 runs by St Albans.


Day 2 results


Clifton vs St Stithians (Varsity Oval)

St Stithians 141 (C Campher 40, A Ellis-Cole 31)

Clifton 142-2 (B Compton 57*, S Muthusamy 67*)

Clifton won by 8 wkts

Glenwood vs St Davids (Varsity 1

Glenwood 145

St Davids 119 (D Weisz 36, C Pearce 3/26)

Glenwood won by 26 runs

KZN Dev vs St Albans (Barns’)

St Albans 230 (L van Heerden 58, J Jenkins 37, K Swetlove 32, M Erasmus 33, P Cronje 30, S Narainsamy 3/39)

KZN Dev 100 (Narainsamy 36, K Rogers 3/19)

St Albans won by 130 runs


Maritzburg College vs Pretoria BHS (Goldstones)

PBHS 196 (D Campbell 37, C Bosch 44*, S Sinclair 3/31)

M College 100 (S Mahmoud 36, Bosch 4/16, D Melton 3/22)

Pretoria BHS won by 96 runs


St Charles vs Grey College (St Charles Oval)

St Charles 160-8 (EW Viljoen 3/)

Grey 161-0 (H Olivier 85*, C Steyn 67*)

Grey College won by 10 wkts


Hilton vs St Andrews (Collegians)

Hilton 107 (Cook 38, G Stretton 4/18)

St Andrews 90 (C Cayley 3/13, M Lauryssen 3/23)  

Hilton won by 17 runs


Northwood vs Affies (Harwin)

Northwood 170-9 (B Williams, G Janse van Vuuren 3/21)

Affies 171-2 (F Marais 66, L du Plooy 42)

Affies won by 8 wkts


DHS vs KES (Eston)

DHS 211 (T Trenoweth 45, B Makhanya 35, A Mahaaraj 35)

KES 212-2 (G Roelefsen 91, S Pillay 82*)

KES won by 8wkts  

Westlake vs Hudson Park (PMB Oval)

Westlake 213 (J Houghton 59, D Steyn 30, O Gqili 3/32)

Hudson Park 182 (B Isaac 36, D Jasson 36, C Sansom 79*, N Montgomery 3/27)

Westlake won by 31 runs


Day 3: 1 October Review & Results:

The third day of the 53rd Oppenheimer Michaelmas Week produced arguably the best batting of the Festival to date with three centuries and 15 half centuries. Bowlers had to toil hard for their wickets as 12 sides scored over 200 runs.

The best bowling performance was Yaseen Valli from KES who was the only bowler to take 4 wickets. He also made 78 in the KES total of 344 for 6 against Hilton. Shaylen Pillay, a KES, South African under 19 player, made 116 in the same match.

Tim Guise-Brown (M College) made 110 in 110 balls but it was not enough as opposition Affies timed their innings to perfection to win by 5 wickets with just over two overs to spare.

The third century maker and top score of the Festival in the first 3 days was Taariq Booley (DHS) who made 122 in their total of 243 for 4 against Hudson Park, a match which they won by 97 runs.

Two matches that went down to the wire, was the 5 run win by Northwood against St Davids and Westlake’s win against St Albans by 7 runs in a high-scoring game.

Four schools only have won all three matches. King Edwards, in addition to their win against Hilton have beaten Glenwood and DHS. Affies beat hosts Maritzburg College to add to the scalps of Northwood and Hilton on the first two days. The third unbeaten school is Grey College who beat Westlake and St Charles prior to the win against Glenwood. Pretoria Boys’ added the KZN Development XI to their two previous wins against Maritzburg College and Northwood.

Day 3 scores:

Hilton vs KES (Barns)

KES 344-6 (S Pillay 116, Y Valli 78, J Broodryk 46*, C Caley 3/58)

Hilton 183 (G Morris 40, L Maingard 44, Holding 41)

KES won by 161 runs


Maritzburg College vs Affies (Goldstones)

M College 225-7 (T Guise-Brown 110, S Wormington 35)

Affies 226-5 (D Bruwer 79, G Janse van Vuuren 53*, D Dupavillon 3/38)

Affies won by 5 wkts


St Charles vs St Stithians (St Charles Oval)

St Charles 147 (P Indrajith 35, L Stanger 3/26)

St Stithians 148-2 (R Rickelton 57, N Hern 52*)

St Stithians won by 8 wkts


Glenwood vs Grey College (Collegians)

Grey 236-6 (C Steyn 61, EW Viljoen 48*)

Glenwood 213 (W McLean 56, N Loubscher 3/54)

Grey won by 23 runs


DHS vs Hudson Park (Harwin)

DHS 234-4 (A Pruthab 61, T Booley 122, T Trenoweth 42*, D Jasson 3/18)

Hudson Park 146-9 (T Niemand 60, A Ndlovu 3/42)

DHS won by 88 runs


Clifton vs St Andrews (Eston)

St Andrews 229-4 (M Mama 81, M Leith 44, Ferguson 3/29)

Clifton 174 (S Muthusamy 43)

St Andrews won by 55 runs


KZN Dev vs Pretoria BHS (PMB Oval)

PBHS 244-6 (D Campbell 48, J Gous 44, C Bosch 44*)

KZN Dev 94 (C van Pletzen 3/9)

Pretoria Boys’ won by 154 runs


Northwood vs St Davids (Varsity Oval)

Northwood 206-9 (J Riekert 57, S Moodley 32, M Savadier 3/29)

St Davids 201 (S Cox 38, D Coleman 48, J Lowe 39, S Reeves 38, S Moodley 3/25, D Moolman 3/54)

Northwood won by 5 runs


Westlake vs St Albans (Varsity 1)

Westlake 257-5 (R O’Donnell 64, J Cadman 52, T Atkins 56*, D Landman 3/29)

St Albans 250 (R Moonsamy 56, J Jenkins 42, D James 3/36, C Martin 3/41)

Westlake won by 7 runs








Pretoria Boys


Pretoria Boy's 182/3 beat Clifton 181 all out by 7 wickets






 DHS 232 beat St.Alban's 207/9 by 25 runs




Hudson Park


 Glenwood 163/4 beat Hudson Park 161/8 by 6 wickets






St.Stithian's 94/5 beat Hilton 92 all out by 5 wickets


KZN Development




Affies 230/7 beat KZN Development 180 all out by 90 runs 


Maritzburg College


St. Andrew's


St.Andrew's 175 all out beat Maritzburg College 167 all out by 8 runs 




Grey College


Grey College 277 all out beat Northwood 188 all out by 86 runs


St.Charles College




 St.Davids 205 beat St.Charles College 89 all out by 116 runs


Westlake Boys'


King Edward VII


KES 123/3 beat Westlake Boy's 122 all out by 7 wickets 



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