1st Team Match Reports vs Hilton College

150th Cricket Festival

1st Team Match Report:
1st XI   DHS         144
(Madiba 52)
HILTON    146/2
DHS lost by 8 wickets
DHS won the Toss and decided to bat first; the idea behind this was to get runs on board and put Hilton under pressure when they batted.
We did not get off to a good start as we lost 3 early wickets. Avuyile Madiba showed great maturity, opening the batting and seeing off the bowl and going on to get 54 runs. Apart from his innings, there a lot of soft dismals. Our top 7 batsman got in and then got themselves out.
We managed to get to 144 in 56 overs. The feeling was that we were 70 to 80 runs short of what we would have liked to achieve. Against a free scoring team like Hilton you need early wickets. We set attacking fields up front, we bowled 4 good balls an over and then either one too straight or  too short which meant that we were going for a boundary every over.
Hilton batted well, they batted with intent and put our bowlers and pressure. They reached our total in their 40th over, with 2 wickets down.

Oss Gcilitshana
1st XI Cricket Coach

DHS    4        Hilton     14
The sheer physicality of our opponents shocked us and we battled to cope with Hilton’s grab and go tactics in the beginning so it was no real surprise to find ourselves 0-7 down at the break.  Coach Lawson had some very strong words to say to the team and we started the second quarter with a far more determined attitude and although we conceded two more goals we threatened their goal regularly and Hilton’s goalie (who is in the top three in the province) was called on to make several good saves.
We showed massive improvement in the third quarter after the compulsory five minute break had allowed us to catch our breath and to discuss change of tactics more fully. At the end of that chukka the score stood at 3-13 which meant that we had been shaded 4-3 during the eight minutes play. A huge improvement! Andreas Kyprou scored two good goals from the hole and Moe Mohammed opened up their goalie with a well taken shot from the outside.
The final quarter was a ding dong affair with our improving fitness allowing us to defend valiantly but also to get up the pool on attack. A well taken goal from the hole by Anreas Kyprou brought him a well-deserved hat-trick and we only conceded a single goal in reply for a final score of 4-14.
Every boy gave of his best whilst in the water but there is still room for improvement especially in reaction and decision making. The undoubted man-of-the-match was captain Michael Kyprou who handled the tough physicality of playing hole-guard with aplomb.

A Burt
M-i-C : Water Polo

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