The batsmen predictably stole the limelight in the latest round of the Coca-Cola Schools T20. Four players, two of whom came from the Northerns region, scored centuries.
Kobus Gouws of Höerskool Pretoria-Noord scored an unbeaten 117 runs to lead his side to a comprehensive 133-run win over Atteridgeville High School. He was supported by Drikus Snyman (59*) to set a target of 201 runs.
Atteridgeville in their reply were strangled by the superior bowling of Pretoria-Noord with Divan Myburgh taking three wickets for 13 runs.
Koketso Makwela of Prestige College scored 113 not out to lead his side to 187/4 against Lyttelton Manor High School. Keegan Fanner was the latter's best bowler, returning best figures of 2/28. Lyttelton found runs hard to come by as Olhotse Moloko led the attack superbly, taking 4/21. Khavisame Mililwana and Vuvami Phangiso provided a good supporting act, contributing two vital wickets to give their side victory by a mammoth 136 runs.
At Easterns, Marlou Moore scored 102* for Höerskool Dr E.G. Jansen who beat Höerskool Die Anker by 93 runs. E.G Jansen batted first, posting a competitive 218 runs with Estian Enslin also scoring 60 runs to make sure Die Anker would have a tough score to chase. Christopher Schimper and Wreford Beere took two wickets a piece to restrict Die Anker to 125/6 and earn a good win for their team.
In the North West, Kempton High thrashed Tembisa 1 Combine School by a mammoth 242 runs. Ryan Bond scored 103 and, with support from Divan de Beer (60) and David Nel (50), led his side to a daunting 286/6. Tembisa were ruthlessly skittled out for 44 runs.
Victories by large margins seemed to be the order of the week. In the South Western Districts, Langenhoven Gymnasium beat Höerskool Morester by 133 runs, while Beaufort West Combined suffered a 99-run defeat at the hands of Höerskool Sentraal.
In one of the lowest scoring matches of the tournament so far, Simanyene High School were bowled out for 27 runs when they faced Western Cape Sports School. J Hayes and Z Abrahams took three wickets each with S Jephtah taking two.
Höerskool De Kuilen scored 160/4 to beat Florida High School by 128 runs. Craig Barros scored 74 to help De Kuilen to their competitive score. He returned with the ball, returning best bowling figures of four wickets for four to get his side an easy victory.
The next round of matches takes place this weekend.