Under-19 Coca-Cola T20 Schools Challenge national finals to start
Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Tuesday, 11 March 2014

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Six months ago 11 000 cricketers from 650 schools started on their journey to represent their respective franchise in the national finals of the Coca-Cola® T20 Schools Challenge.  The grueling qualifiers are now over and Grey College (Knights), St Stithians College (Lions), Waterkloof Hoerskool (Titans), Kingwood College (Warriors), Wynberg Boys’ High (Cobras) and Westville High School (Dolphins) will lock horns at the Tuks High Performance Centre, Pretoria, from the 14th to the 16th March.

The tournament is fairly new, but it is already playing its part in Cricket South Africa’s talent identification pipeline. Quinton de Kock is the first Protea player to have played in the national finals – for King Edward II School and the Lions in 2010 and 2011 – and a number of players have gone on from here to play for the South African Schools and  Coca-Cola®  under-19 teams. They include the star of the 2014 ICC under-19 World Cup, Kagiso Rabada, who represented St Stithians College and the Lions in 2013.

The Coca-Cola® T20 Schools Challenge is about making heroes,” explains Fetsi Mbele, Coca-Cola® South Africa Marketing Assets Manager. “This grass roots tournament is where heroes are unearthed and then progress through to the Coca-Cola® Khaya Majola Cricket Week, an annual tournament, sponsored by Coca-Cola South Africa for over 30 years. It has to date produced over 200 Proteas players.”

 

GREY COLLEGE

For Grey College, based in Bloemfontein, this cricket season has been exceptional.  Not only is the school representing the Knights in the national finals this weekend, but the school emerged as the winner of the Coca-Cola® 30 Minute Hero Challenge winning the fully installed outdoor gym to the value of R200 000 with 199 pupils competing a 5 drill programme in the allotted 30 minutes.

Grey College 1st team beat their 2nd team to reach the regional finals.  “The final game was a tense affair,” said coach Andre Bester.  “The entire school came to watch and the atmosphere was great and there were a lot of chirping on the field. For me it was difficult because naturally I could not choose sides and wanted both to win. It was inevitable that one of the teams had to win and it is still fantastic to know that both our 1st and 2nd teams are the best cricket sides in the Free State “

As Free State champions, Grey then went on to play Noord-Kaap, the winners of the Griquas region, to determine who the representative of the Knights franchise at the national finals would be.

The Bloemfontein side won quite comfortably (by 9 wickets) and is set to challenge their counterparts from around the country at the Coca-Cola® T20 Schools Challenge national finals in Pretoria next month.

ST STITHIANS

St Stithians will represent the Lions for the second year in succession.  The school qualified after winning the Johnny Waite Knockout beating St John’s College in the final game.  


Director of cricket, Wim Jansen, believes the key to the Schools’ success in this competition is playing as many T20 matches as possible. “This year we played 22 T20 matches, including friendlies against Hoërskool Menlopark, Wits University and the University of Johannesburg,” he said.


The boys from St Stithians believe the Coca-Cola® T20 Schools Challenge is the ultimate competition on their calendar. “It is definitely the highlight of our year and the boys thoroughly enjoy playing in the tournament. The fact that the tournament is a knock-out makes it exciting and competitive,” he said. “The biggest benefit of this tournament is that it allows many schools, and at any level, to participate. It allows for national participation, no matter where the school may be located, which is a fantastic way to promote cricket at a school level.”


WESTVILLE BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL

Westville Boys’ High School will be making a third consecutive appearance at the national finals of the Coca-Cola® T20 Schools Challenge when they represent the Dolphins franchise.


Westville Boys’ High School won the KwaZulu-Natal Coastal region playoff and went on to beat the KZN Inland champions, Hilton College, by 19 runs in the recently held franchise final.


Director of sport for Westville Boys’ High School, Sharmin Naidoo, said they have been practicing and playing consistently since the start of the tournament.  “The Coca-Cola® T20 Schools Challenge requires a different skill entirely and the coaches have worked hard to perfect the boys’ 20-20 skill set which has paid off. Our preparation focused on death bowling and included multiple fielding drills. Over the last three weeks we have been focusing on practicing specific strokes for the Coca-Cola® T20 matches,

like hitting over the top and reverse sweeping.”

WYNBERG BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL

Wynberg Boys’ High School will represent the Cobras franchise at the national finals of the Coca-Cola® T20 Schools Challenge

Wynberg Boys’ High School beat Paul Roos Gymnasium, the Boland provincial champions, by 4 wickets in the regional final and their coach, Erik Levson, says they are hard at work preparing for the national finals and are hoping to keep the trophy on the Western Cape, following Rondebosch Boys’ High’s triumph at the 2013 tournament.

“We play declaration cricket every Saturday, which helps in terms of match practice,” Levson said, “but the 20-20 is a philosophical game as I like to call it, because it’s on-the-day cricket.”

Levison says that making sure that their bowlers are focused will be an essential strategy going into the tournament, as players need to hone in right from the very first ball in T20 cricket. “Leading up to the finals we have added in extra weekly bowling practice specifically designed for the T20 matches, which has really helped,” he said.

Wynberg played in the national finals in the 2010/11 season with an experienced team and believes this team has the same qualities.  “The boys have made the school proud as we are playing with a fairly inexperienced team. What is pleasing is that the players have balanced abilities, which has really come to the fore in the tournament so far,” said Levison.

WATERKLOOF HOERSKOOL

Waterkloof Hoerskool beat EG Jansen in a reduced overs match to reach the national finals for the second year in succession.   Waterkloof managed 106 runs in 10 over and bowled EG Jansen out for 37 runs.

Director of Sport, Neels de Villiers is proud of his boys.  “We have exceptionally strong cricket playing schools in our region such as Garsfontein and Affies (Afrikaanse Hoer Seunskool) and we beat them both convincingly. We then beat Pietersburg High (Limpopo) by 93 runs in the regional play-offs.

De Villiers said his strategy was to play aggressive attacking and positive cricket and he will continue on this path in the national finals. “We placed our power players in the batting order so that we can maximise our overs,” he said.  “We have a good coaching team comprising two Level 3 coaches and a really good group of cricketers. We are going into the finals flat out with the will to win.”


Waterkloof were beaten by Rondebosch Boys’ High in the final last year. 


KINGSWOOD COLLEGE

Kingswood College beat Selborne College to represent the Warriors in the national finals of the Coca-Cola® T20 Schools Challenge. 


In a tightly contested regional final Kingswood won the toss and elected to bat first notching up 124/9.  Selborne lost be a mere 2 runs.  The highlight of the game came from Jerome Bossr who scored 58 not out in 44 balls including three 6’2 in a low in the last over.


“The key to our success this season was the number of matches we played in preparation for the tournament,” said 1st team coach, Greg van Molendorff.  “After each match we them analyse our game to look for problem areas and in this way we kept improving with every game we played.”


Van Molendorff also arranged a number of cricket festivals bringing in local teams and some private schools.  “The Coca-Cola® T20 Schools Challenge is an awesome tournament and very competitive and we are well prepared for the weekend and just hope the weather holds out.”


Van Molendorff is pleased with his team’s turn around this year.  “Last year we were knocked out early by St Andres.  This year we have made an incredible come back to represent the Warriors.” 


COCA-COLA® T20 SCHOOLS CHALLENGE – NATIONAL FINALS

14 – 16 MARCH

 

Match Program – Preliminary Round and Progression to the Final

 

Each team will play each other in a preliminary round

The two teams that gain 1st and 2nd position shall contest the final.

 

In the event of a no result in the final, the team that finished first after the conclusion of the preliminary round shall be declared the winner.

 

Fixtures

 

 

Day

Date

Time

Team

Team

Venue

Fri

14-Mar

AM: 09:30 - 12:30

Cobras

Knights

Tuks Oval

Fri

14-Mar

AM: 09:30 - 12:30

Titans

Warriors

Tuks D

Fri

14-Mar

AM: 09:30 - 12:30

Dolphins

Lions

Tuks C

 

Fri

14-Mar

PM: 14:00 - 17:00

Warriors

Cobras

Tuks C

Fri

14-Mar

PM: 14:00 - 17:00

Lions

Titans

Tuks Oval

Fri

14-Mar

PM: 14:00 - 17:00

Knights

Dolphins

Tuks D

 

Sat

15-Mar

AM: 09:30 - 12:30

Cobras

Lions

Tuks D

Sat

15-Mar

AM: 09:30 - 12:30

Titans

Dolphins

Tuks C

Sat

15-Mar

AM: 09:30 - 12:30

Warriors

Knights

Tuks Oval

 

Sat

15-Mar

PM: 14:00 - 17:00

Dolphins

Cobras

Tuks Oval

Sat

15-Mar

PM: 14:00 - 17:00

Knights

Titans

Tuks C

Sat

15-Mar

PM: 14:00 - 17:00

Warriors

Lions

Tuks D

 

Sun

15-Mar

AM: 09:30 - 12:30

Titans

Cobras

Tuks Oval

Sun

15-Mar

AM: 09:30 - 12:30

Warriors

Dolphins

Tuks D

Sun

15-Mar

AM: 09:30 - 12:30

Knights

Lions

Tuks C

 

Sun

15-Mar

PM: 14:00 - 17:00

1st Place

2nd Place

Tuks Oval

 

 

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