St Stithians College, Waterkloof and SACS are the only three teams who came out of the opening day of the 11th annual Cricket South Africa T20 Schools Challenge unscathed.
The defending champions, St Stithians College, defeated Queen’s High School and St Andrews of Bloemfontein in their two matches on the opening day. Captain, Jodi de Sousa (58), scored one of only two half-centuries on the opening day as he helped his side to a comfortable 56-run victory over St Andrews.
De Sousa shared an opening partnership of 77 runs with Reuben du Toit (38) which put their side in a commanding position. Du Toit also contributed 22 runs in his side’s six wicket victory over Queen’s during the morning’s matches.
Liam McCarthy (3/5) caused a lot of problems with his pace against Queen’s High, while Takunda Chanakira (3/16) was the pick of the bowlers against St Andrews.
Saints will face Waterkloof in an important Pool A match on Saturday. Klofies also defeated St Andrews and Queen’s High in their two opening matches.
If there was to be a Player of the Day named this honour would’ve probably belonged to SW Kemp of Waterkloof. He was the pick of his side’s bowling attack against St Andrews as he grabbed three wickets for a mere 14 runs.
In the afternoon’s match against Queen’s High he struck 59 runs which was the highest innings of the day. He also caused the most problems to Queen’s batting line-up as he took another three wickets for 27 runs.
Waterkloof’s captain, Simeon de Bruyn, also had a good day with some steady performances against St Andrews (37*) and Queen’s High (26 and 2/12). Hardus Coetzer also made two valuable contributions with the bat with this 26 runs against St Andrews and 28* against Queen’s.
SACS is on top of Pool B but won’t expect an easy match on Saturday morning as Kearsney College will be fighting to keep their hopes of making final alive.
SACS started their campaign in Pretoria off with an impressive 57-run victory over a very dangerous Grey High School outfit. Kai Curren (47) top-scoring for the side from Cape Town.
In their second game SACS cruised to a 75-run victory over Graeme College. Former Protea allrounder Lance Klusener’s son boasting with bowling figures og 2/14 in this victory.
Kearsney College’s Dean Gibbs (4/19) boasted the best bowling figures of the opening day as his side lost against Grey High School by 35 runs. Gibbs also added 19 runs with the bat in the losing battle.
Waterkloof 124/7 (Simeon de Bruyn 37*, Hardus Coetzer 26, Lindo Mahlangu 23; Jayden Davids 2/22, Tristan Wylie 2/34, Matthew Davids 2/36); St Andrews (Bloemfontein) 98/8 (JD Bruwer 40; SW Kemp 3/14, Kyle Welman 3/17). Waterkloof won by 26 runs.
Queen’s High 84 (Nhlanhla Ntleko 33, Denzel Ndlovu 19*; Liam McCarthy 3/5, Ruben van Tonder 2/8); St Stithians College 85/4 (Reuben du Toit 22, Billy van Zyl 19*; Lucky Ntleko 2/26). St Stithians College won by six wickets.
Graeme College 111/7 (Ryan Bush 45, Sonwabile Tshona 20; Matthew Murray 2/19, Dean Gibbs 2/20); Kearsney College 112/3 (Louis Nel 30, Jean-Luc Talbot 29*, Jared Uys 25; Sonwabile Tshona 1/13). Kearsney College won by seven wickets.
SACS 136/7 (Kai Curren 47, Laeeq Cooper 24, Daniel Smith 23; Elih Thorne 2/31); Grey High School 79 (Jade Smith 24; Nathan Ansell 3/8, Oscar Welsh 3/22). SACS won by 57 runs.
St Stithians College 143/3 (Jodi de Sousa 58, Reuben du Toit 38; Reeza Alexander 2/22); St Andrews (Bloemfontein) 87 (Tristan Wylie 22, Reeza Alexander 20; Takunda Chanakira 3/16, Thomas Winter 2/15, Ngenyasha Zvinoera 2/16). St Stithians College won by 56 runs.
Waterkloof 162/6 (SW Kemp 59, Zander Maree 39, Hardus Coetzer 28*, Simeon de Bruyn 26; Lucky Ntleko 2/26); Queen’s High 95 (Simo Potelwa 23, Nhlanhla Ntleko 20; SW Kemp 3/27, Simeon de Bruyn 2/12). Waterkloof won by 67 runs.
Grey High School 137/8 (Joshua Voight 45*, Daniel Ristow 29, Cade Cambier 24; Dean Gibbs 4/19, Asande Nyawose 2/11); Kearsney College 102 (Rubin Rheeder 19, Dean Gibbs 19; Nicholas Keevy 2/13, Elih Thorne 2/18, Daniel Ristow 2/24). Grey High School won by 35 runs.
SACS 138/9 (M Levitt 37, N Ansell 29; Aphiwe Mnyanda 3/25, Sonwabile Tshona 2/21, Viwe Gana 2/25); Graeme College 63 (Fabio Rischbieter 12; Judah Banwell 2/8, Oscar Welsh 2/13, Matthew Klusener 2/14). SACS won by 75 runs.