It is match between the two school teams of the South African Schools’ selectors, Deon Botes (Affies) and Mike Bechet (Jeppe High School) it was the latter who got in the last laugh.
Jeppe won the match played at Affies’ main oval in Pretoria by five wickets thanks to excellent performances by their two Lions Cubs’ players, Zakhele Sibanda and Breidyn Schaper.
Sibanda picked up a five-wicket haul on a low-scoring pitch as Affies scrapped to reach 178/9 in their allotted 50 overs. Sibanda picked up his final wicket with the last delivery of the innings rearranging Edward Nel’s (5) stumps.
Sibanda also rearranged Zander Potgieter (12), Dirk Herbst (21) and Schalk Engelbrecht’s (4) stumps while trapping Jacques Pienaar (0) for a golden duck with his legs before the wicket.
Scheiper, who also captains Jeppe, saw his side through with an unbeaten innings of 51 runs with five overs to spare. Affies needed a wicket early but the opening partnership of 52 runs by Dylan Nicholas (36) and Luke Hall (31) gave the visiting side the platform they needed.
Schalk Engelbrecht (3/26) was the pick of the Affie bowlers, while Lleyton Troskie (45) led the charge with the bat in hand.
St Stithians College was in total control away from home against King Edward VII at the latter’s John Hurry Oval. Saints won the match by 115 runs after accumulating a more than competitive 258/3 in their allotted 50 overs.
Jodi de Sousa (83), Liam Mostert (60) and Reuben du Toit (54*) all weighed in with half-centuries. De Sousa and Mostert shared a 119-run second-wicket partnership before the latter were ran-out by Zach Momberg.
Du Toit and Billy van Zyl (31*) shared an unbeaten 91-run partnership over the fourth wicket. Momberg (1/68) was the only bowler of KES managing to remove a batsman from the crease.
KES was restricted to a modest 143 runs with their opening batsman Gareth Lonie (74) almost managing to carry his bat. Liam McCarthy (2/28), Justin Gouws (2/29), Thomas Winter (2/30) and Ngenyasha Zvinoera (2/33) all managed to trouble the KES batting line-up with their bowling.
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Affies 178/9 (Lleyton Troskie 45, Jaco Beneke 32, Dihan Bekker 26; Zakhele Sibanda 5/59, Cian Robertson 3/36); Jeppe High School for Boys 179/5 (Breidyn Schaper 51*, Dylan Nicholas 36, Luke Hall 31; Schalk Engelbrecht 3/26). Jeppe High School for Boys won by five wickets.
St Stithians College 258/3 (Jodi de Sousa 83, Liam Mostert 60, Reuben du Toit 54*, Billy van Zyl 31*; Zack Momberg 1/68); King Edward VII 143 (Gareth Lonie 74, Kian Schwartz 27; Liam McCarthy 2/28, Justin Gouws 2/29, Thomas Winter 2/30, Ngenyasha Zvinoera 2/33). St Stithians College won by 115 runs.