RONDEBOSCH Boys’High School beat Framesby by 68 runs at Coetzenburg on Saturday to win the coastal pool and qualify to play Waterkloof in the final of the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge. This will be played at Sahara Park Newlands on Sunday at 11h45.
This was Rondebosch’s second bonus point victory in their four matches and meant that they finished on 14 points, one ahead of Westville who won their final match against St. Andrew’s by four wickets. Rondebosch would have qualified for the final in any event as they had won their pool match against Westville on Friday.
Waterkloof beat St. Stithian’s by five wickets in a Gauteng derby and were the only team to go through the pool play unbeaten. They won three and tied against Westville both in the actual match and again in the super over. Westville were awarded the victory on the strength of having hit the most sixes in the match.
Mathew Christiansen of Rondebosch made runs for the fourth match in a row (46 off 37 balls, 5 fours and a six) to give him the outstanding aggregate of more than 200 runs in the tournament to date. He was deservedly named Man of the Match.
Reinhardt Grobbelaar was named Man of the Match in Waterkloof’s victory over St. Stithian’s.
Jacobus Pienaar produced a stand-out performance for St. Andrew’s against Westville, making 64 off 61 balls (6 fours and a six).
These matches brought to an end two days of extremely competitive and enjoyable T20 cricket of an impressively high standard which reflected very well on the six schools involved.
Following on South Africa’s 5-0 ODI series success over England it indicates that South African youth cricket is in a very healthy state.