Cricket : Coca-Cola Schools T20 action resumes

Cricket : Coca-Cola Schools T20 action resumes

Its that time again for learners to show their talent in the coca-cola school T20 challenge

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 22: Knights celebrate the wicket of Jandre Erasmus of the Titans (Menlopark Hoerskool) during day 3 of the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge National Finals at University of Stellenbosch Cricket Grounds on February 22, 2015 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

With the school year back in full swing, the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge continues its fifth season with 650 schools, hubs and composite teams fighting it out for a place in the finals weekend in Potchefstroom from 18 to 20 March 2016.

Most regions are finishing off the round-robin phase, while some have reached regional finals, with teams making their final plays for the opportunity to represent their franchise for the ultimate, R120 000 cash prize.

In Kimberley, Northern Cape High (NCH) continued their regional domination in this year’s tournament, beating Diamantveld High by 62 runs in the Northern Cape final. NCH won the toss and batted first, posting 131/6 in their allotted overs. G. Nieuwenhuizen (31) and R. Prophy (30) provided good support for S. Muller, who scored the 43 runs the set up the innings.

Diamantveld could not compete as Muller returned with the ball, taking an excellent 5/7 to have them bundled out for just 62. NCH will face the Free State winner in Kimberley for the regional final on 26 February.

At Kei, the regional final was won by Mthatha International, who beat Dalubuhle Senior Secondary by six wickets. The main regional winner will be determined through a play-off between the Border, Kei and Eastern Province regional teams.

In Boland, still in the round-robin stage, Paarl Gimnasium beat Worcester Gimnasium by eight wickets in a low scoring match. Worcester were restricted to 94/9 in their 20 overs thanks to a splendid 5/16 from G. Wolmarans. A Booysen scored an unbeaten 53 runs to get his side to a relatively easy win.

In the other match played, Boland Landbou beat Somerset College by four wickets. The latter posted 110/9, but their bowlers could not bowl out the Landbou batsmen. Louis Frylinck and Janlu Steenkamp scored 39 and 21* respectively to get their side over the line.

In the Free State, St Andrews scored a big win over HTS Louis Botha, beating them by 129 runs. St Andrews posted 150/6 and bowled HTS for just 21 runs for victory.

In other matches, Voortrekker beat AHS Kroonstad by 10 wickets, Grey College 2 beat Jim Fouche by 107 runs, Welkom Gimnasium beat Goudveld by five runs and Kroonstad High School beat Sasolburg High by five wickets.

In the South Western Districts (SWD), Hoërskool Sentraal beat Union High by 66 runs. Sentraal’s Brian Jack hit 56 runs to get his side to 142/8. Union High could only manage 76 thanks to an excellent performance by the bowlers led by Jack who returned to take three wickets for just four runs.

Other results from the SWD include Oakhill High beating Point High by 46 runs and Outeniqua High suffered a double-blow, returning big losses by 131 runs and seven wickets against Oakdale and Oakhill respectively.