Old rivals to decide 2014 Sunfoil Schools Night League title

???????????????????????????????The table has been set for an intriguing showdown to determine 2014 Sunfoil Schools Night League champions in what is a repeat of last year’s final between Michaelhouse and Hilton.
Adding spice to the old rivalry is that Hilton last night beat the Balgowan side in the last of the round robin matches featuring the other two top tier schools – Maritzburg College and St Charles.
Hilton elected to bat first and compiled 116/3 with Jarred Eddy (43) Ross Talmage (25) top scoring, both at a rate just under a run per ball. The target was well within the reach of the powerful Michaelhouse batting line-up, but the pundits did not reckon on Hilton’s desire to win.
Hilton restricted Michaelhouse to 107/7 in their allotted over to claim a 1-run victory and the right to contest the final tomorrow (Friday) evening at The Oval.
The other match saw Maritzburg College down St Charles in a close game that was decided by the penultimate ball of the match. Batting first, St Charles scored 107/8 with Zach Kousouris (37 of 30 balls) and Marc Noble (31 of 26 balls) top scoring with Davis Small knocking over four wicket for a stingy eight runs.
College set about chasing down the target with purpose, but had to rely on the bat of opener Brad Hope to see them home. Not scoring as freely as the St Charles batsmen, Hope played a more conservative innings for his 49 not out in 59 balls
Later today, Treverton faces Howick in the secondary schools final, while Merchiston takes on Cordwalles in the primary schools final in what is the curtain-raiser to the top tier schools final tomorrow afternoon.
Caption: St Charles medium pacer William Squires in action with College’s Matthew Ward watching.


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