Saturday, February 23, 2013
DAY ONE OF THE COCA-COLA T20 SCHOOLS FINISHES WITHOUT AN UNBEATEN TEAM
The second round of matches at the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge finals in Stellenbosch on Friday afternoon produced some thrilling finishes, and three results that did not go quite to expectations.
There were wins for Westville, Framesby and St Andrew’s – all sides that had lost their opening games in the morning, which means that every team has now won one and lost one, going into round three on Saturday morning and the competition is wide open.
The six schools in Stellenbosch this weekend have come through to the national finals weekend by virtue of winning their provincial Coca-Cola T20 knockout competitions, in the first instance, and then beating the other provincial champions in each of their franchises.
The six are: St Stithians (Lions), Westville (Dolphins), St Andrew’s (Knights), Rondebosch (Cobras), Waterkloof (Titans), Framesby (Warriors),
The game between Waterkloof and Westville was a thriller. Waterkloof batted first and made 144/8 in their 20 overs. They had looked like the side to beat, based on their morning performance against Framesby, and that total looked like more than enough.
Westville set about chasing it with meaning, however, and although they lost wickets regularly throughout they managed to scramble two runs off the last ball to tie the scores. They had also lost two wickets, which made it a tie and the game went to a Super over. Waterkloof batted first and made eight runs, which was equalled by Waterkloof, again off the final ball. So, according to the tournament rules, it went to the number of boundaries scored, and Westville won the match on that basis.
St Stithians posted 166/5 in their 20 overs against Framesby, thanks mainly to 84 off 54 balls (seven sixes and two fours) by Ryan Rickleton and that looked like a winning total. The Framesby batsmen thought otherwise, however, and they went for it from the start. Anu Emiljo and Tiaan Potgieter showed little respect for the Saints attack and Emiljo saw them through, getting 76 not out in the end. Potgieter weighed in with a quickfire 39.
St Andrew’s have been a surprise package at this tournament. After very nearly beating St Stithians in their opening game they shocked Rondebosch – the biggest winners in the opening round – in their second outing.
St Andrew’s made 118/5 in their innings, which didn’t seem nearly enough, but they then bowled Rondebosch out for 101. Their SA under-19 player, Sine Ntshona made a big all-round contribution, making 41 with the bat and then taking 3/25 with the ball.
St Stithians 166/5 (Rickelton 84, Campher 34; Robberts 2/21, Du Preez 2/27). Framesby 168/2 (Emiljo 76 not out, Potgieter 39). Framesby won by eight wickets
Waterkloof 144/8 (Jones 36, Van Rensburg 25; Smit 2/21, Gordon 2/25, Van Staden 2/10). Westville 144/8 (Kerr 52, Pentz 32, Snyman 21; Smit 2/28, Gordon 2/25, Rugbar 2/10). Match tied, Westville won on boundaries countback.
St Andrew’s 118/5 (Pienaar 30, Ntshona 41). Rondebosch 101 (Christensen 35, Hamza 22; Whitehead 4/15, Ntshona 3/25).St Andrew’s won by 17 runs.
Morning – St Stithians v Rondebosch, St Andrew’s v Waterkloof, Framesby v Westville.
Afternoon – Waterkloof v St Stithians, Rondebosch v Framesby, St Andrew’s v Westville.