Grey and St Stithians Colleges were the only unbeaten sides on the first day of the Coca-Cola T20 Schools Challenge finals weekend in Potchefstroom on Friday.
The fifth season of the tournament will wrap up on Sunday, 20 March, where a new champion will be crowned and handed the R120 000 cash prize to go towards the development of the game in their school.
Grey secured respective wins by 12 runs and nine wickets against Kearsney College and Paarl Gymnasium, while St Stithians held victories by four wickets and 110-runs against Grey High (Port Elizabeth) and Kearsney respectively. The win against Kearsney gave them a bonus point, seeing the bizhub Highveld Lions representatives at the top of the log with nine points going into the second day of the finals weekend.
In the morning’s matches, St Stithians restricted Grey High to 93 in 18.1 overs, thanks largely to SA U19s all-rounder, Wiaan Mulder who took an outstanding five wickets for 13 runs and returned to top score with 37 from 38 balls to get his school over the line.
In other matches, Paarl Gymnasium snuck a one-run victory over Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies), while Grey College claimed a comfortable victory after setting a competitive 130-run total for Kearsney. PJ Visser top scored for Grey with 36 off 28 deliveries, while Wian Mouton was the pick of the bowlers during Kearsney’s reply, taking 4/19, limiting them to 118/9 at the end of their allotted overs.
In the afternoon matches, Affies bounced back well when they met Grey High, beating them by a convincing seven wickets, to join Grey College and St Stithians in victory.
St Stithians 94/6 after 16.3 overs v/s Grey High 93/10 after 18.1 overs at NWU-Pukke Oval
St Stithians won by 4 wickets
Paarl Gymnasium 139/8 after 20 overs v/s Affies 138/7 after 20 overs at NWU-Ibbies Oval
Paarl Gymnasium won by 1 run
Grey College 130/6 after 20 overs v/s Kearsney 118/9 after 20 overs at Senwes Park
Grey College won by 12 runs
Paarl Gymnasium 139/8 after 20 overs v/s Grey College 141/1 after 18.2 overs at NWU-Pukke Oval
Grey College won by 9 wickets
St Stithians 198/8 after 20 overs v/s Kearsney 110/7 after 20 overs at NWU-Ibbies Oval
St Stithians won by 110 runs (Bonus Point)
Grey High 118/4 after 20 overs v/s Affies 119 after 18.2 overs at Senwes Park
Affies won by 7 wickets