Rondebosch High School booked their place in the Coca-Cola Schools T20 finals weekend in Stellenbosch when they beat out Paul Roos by 10 runs in the Western Province regional finals in the latest round of the competition. Rondebosch will throw on the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras kit in the finals weekend that will take place from 22 to 24 February 2013.
Rondebosch batted first, posting 142/8 in their 20 overs thanks to Zubayr Hamza and Murray Commins' 46 and 32 respectively. Paul Roos' N Botha took three wickets for 18 while W Schoeman claimed two wickets for 29.
Botha made another significant contribution when he scored 74 in his side's reply, but they could not keep up with the run rate and ran out of overs to give Rodebosch the victory.
Sibonelo Makhanya scored an unbeaten half-century to secure Durban High School (DHS) a place in the KwaZulu-Natal regional final when they beat Kearsney College by 40 runs. DHS scored 117/6 in their allotted overs with Ainsley Ndlovu adding 27 runs to help them along.
Ndlovu came back with the ball and, along with teammate JJ de Wet, had outstanding analyses of three wickets for just four runs to skittle Kearsney for 77.
Glenwood Boys High had a disappointing match, losing to Westville Boys High by an emphatic eight wickets. Luke Schlemmer took an excellent 4/10 while Jesse Smith was equally impressive with his 3/11 to dismiss Glenwood for 59.
Westville made quick work of the chase, thanks to Nicolas Pentz's unbeaten 31.
In Gauteng, Hoërskool Randburg suffered a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Trinity House when they met. Randburg were bundled out for 116 runs thanks to some clever bowling by Jason Clark, who returned with three wickets for 26. Matthew Luksich and Storm Hallett chipped in with two wickets each to restrict them to a manageable total.
Randburg's bowling reply was not nearly as effective. Shaun Hulley was their star performer with 2/17 but could not stem the flow of runs that gave Trinity a comfortable win.
In Mpumalanga, Hoëskool Middleburg beat Penryn by 43 runs, while HTS Middleburg suffered a two-run loss when they met Middleburg in the next round. Penryn met HTS Middleburg and lost once again, this time by four wickets.
In the Northerns region, Hoërskool Centurion beat St Alban’s College by eight wickets to get into their regional finals, while Hoërskool Waterkloof beat old foes, Affies, by seven runs via the Duckworth/Lewis method to book a place in their regional finals.
The North West held their final where Brits High School will represent its province after beating Rustenburg High School by eight wickets. Karlo Blignaut took three wickets for 23 runs while Ferdi Snyman and Elmar Cilliers took two wickets apiece to restrict Rustenburg to 73.
Brits wasted no time about getting the required runs, losing just two wickets to get to their target and book a place in the final.
In the South Western Districts, Oakdale High beat Oakhill High by eight wickets via Duckworth/Lewis for a place in the regional finals, while in the Western Province, Rondebosch Boys High beat SACS by a single run to make their regional finals.
It is going to become a scramble for the remaining teams to win the rest of their regional competitions so that they can make it to Stellenbosch. It will be a big weekend with some matches televised, including the final at Sahara Park Newlands on the 24th. Playing a live televised match will not be the only incentive, however. Teams are all keeping their eyes firmly on the R110 000 prize money that will be taken home by the winning side for the development of the game in their school.