The first Saturday of the fourth term sees the official start of the new cricket season, although a number of teams have been involved with early season fixtures particularly at the festivals held last week.
The KZN Schools committee took a decision to designate two Saturdays this term when all schools will play a declaration game.
The match that should attract a fair amount of interest is in Durban at DHS, where they will be hosting Michaelhouse. DHS had a successful Michaelmas Week, winning three of their four matches and prior to the week, they gave Maritzburg College a hiding.
Michaelhouse have not played any official matches this season, but they will be keen to regain the form shown during the first term.
These two schools did not play against one another earlier in the year and, as they are among the top three schools in the province, there will be plenty of rivalry.
Both teams have strong batting line-ups, but the exposure that the DHS batsmen have had in five matches to date will give them a distinct advantage. Keeran Reddy, Michael Alexander and Darren Frost have been the most consistent. Playing at home will also favour DHS and it will need a good start by the visitors if they wish to go home with the spoils.
In the Midlands, the game at Maritzburg College, where they host Westville, is another that will draw a good crowd. Both teams participated at Michaelmas Week and here College had the better of the results, winning two matches, losing one and having the other spoilt by bad light. Westville won one and lost three matches.
Westville do have a trump card in Cameron Delport, who played for KZN Coastals last year and, if he gets on top of the bowlers and maintains his concentration, he can destroy the bowling attack.
St Charles travel to Durban to take on Clifton. During the first term St Charles had a very comfortable win against the Durban team. After a disappointing Michaelmas Week, where they were the only KZN team to lose all four games, a victory is needed to get some confidence back into the team. This should happen today as Clifton is not yet at the standard of the top level schools in the province.
They cannot be taken too lightly, however, as during the first term they did surprise some of the better teams.
Hilton host Northwood and here the home side, who have also had four matches at Michaelmas Week, have an advantage against the coastal side who will be playing their first full fixture this season. During the first term Hilton gained a very comfortable win against Northwood.
Kearsney, who disappointed at Michaelmas Week, as they were the top side in the province on their results during the first quarter, host Glenwood. Both these teams played at Michaelmas Week, with Glenwood winning just the one match against St Stithians, arguably the weakest of the 14 sides at the week.
Selected fixtures (home side first): DHS v Michaelhouse; Maritzburg College v Westville; Hilton v Northwood; Kearsney v Glenwood; Clifton v St Charles; Alexandra v Wartburg; Crawford v Grosvenor; Voortrekker v Carter; Gelofte v Durban Clubs; Weston v Treverton; St Henry’s v Thomas More