The 64th annual Michaelmas week will once again be one of the main features in Pietermaritzburg this year. The week will take place from Saturday, 30 September until Monday, 3 October in the Midlands.
The prestigious cricket week welcomes some of South Africa’s top cricketing schools in the Inlands of KwaZulu-Natal, for a four-day battle between the North and the South of South Africa.
The hosts, Maritzburg College, will be looking to stamp their authority in home conditions, especially after coming off a win against a strong Northwood side from Durban over the past weekend.
St Stithians College will be one of the big names from the North making their way down to Pietermaritzburg.
Saints haven’t seen much action thus far in the young season but will look to get their campaign off to a flyer when they face some tough opposition in Westville Boys’ High, Hilton College, Glenwood and finally St Charles College.
St Charles College will be watched closely. The team from Pietermaritzburg was crowned best of the best in the shortest format among the KZN Inland schools not that long ago.
They will be looking to continue their rich vain of form heading into arguably the biggest cricket week in South Africa and competing in the longer formats of the game.
Waterkloof has also been on top of their game, suffering only one defeat in their last five outings. However, it will be interesting to see how the batters adapt from quick bouncy tracks in the highveld to the slower turning wickets in the valley of the Inlands.
Fixtures | Day 1
Maritzburg College vs Affies
Durban High School vs Waterkloof
Michaelhouse vs Jeppe High School for Boys’
Clifton vs St David’s Marist
Hilton College vs Pretoria Boys High
St Charles College vs Grey College
Glenwood vs Hudson Park
Westville Boys’ High vs St Stithians College
Kearsney College vs King Edward VII
Northwood vs St. John’s College
Fixtures | Day 2
Grey College vs Maritzburg College
St. Davids vs Durban High School
St. Stithians vs Hilton College
St. Johns vs Glenwood;
King Edward VII vs Westville
Pretoria Boys’ High vs Clifton
Waterkloof vs Kearsney College
Affies vs Northwood
Hudson Park vs Michaelhouse
Jeppe High School for Boys vs St Charles College
Fixtures | Day 3
Maritzburg College vs Pretoria Boys’ High
Durban High School vs Hudson Park
Michaelhouse vs Affies
Clifton vs Grey College
Hilton College vs King Edward VII
St Charles College vs St David’s Marist
Glenwood vs St Stithians College
Westville Boys’ High vs Jeppe High School for Boys
Kearsney College vs St John’s College
Northwood vs Waterkloof
Fixtures | Day 4
Grey College vs Northwood
St David’s Marist vs Hilton College
St Stithians College vs St Charles College
St John’s College vs Durban High School
King Edward VII vs Clifton
Pretoria Boys’ High vs Michaelhouse
Waterkloof vs Westville Boys’ High
Affies vs Kearsney College
Hudson Park vs Maritzburg College
Jeppe High School for Boys vs Glenwood