All-rounder Mulder leads St Stithians to convincing bounce-back win in Coca-Cola T20 Schools Challenge

POTCHEFSTROOM, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 19: Wiaan Mulder of St. Stithians during the match between Afrikaans Hoer Seunskool and St. Stithians on day 2 of the Coca-Cola Schools T20 National Finals at Senwes Park on March 19, 2016 in Potchefstroom, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

POTCHEFSTROOM, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 19: Wiaan Mulder of St. Stithians during the match between Afrikaans Hoer Seunskool and St. Stithians on day 2 of the Coca-Cola Schools T20 National Finals at Senwes Park on March 19, 2016 in Potchefstroom, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

South Africa under-19s all-rounder, Wiaan Mulder took three wickets and hit a half-century to lead St Stithians College to a resounding, nine-wicket victory over Affies on Day Two of the Coca-Cola T20 Schools Challenge finals weekend in Potchefstroom on Saturday. St Stithians’ afternoon, bonus point win keeps them at the top of the tournament log with 14 points after they suffered a seven-wicket defeat to Grey College (VKB Knights) in the morning.

Affies, who represented The Unlimited Titans, were bowled out for 111 runs after they elected to bat first. No one managed more than Ihan Grobler’s 27 off 29 balls. Other batsmen who got a start, but failed to capitalize were Hermann Rolfes (20 from 18 balls) and Ximas du Plooy (20 from 19 balls).

The bizhub Highveld Lions representatives’ batting response saw both Mulder and Joshua Richards score 51 runs from 34 and 45 deliveries respectively to get a solid win in the end.

At Puk Oval Two, Grey High School (Warriors) beat Grey College by five wickets in the afternoon to break the latter’s unbeaten streak and give the former confidence going into the final day on Sunday.

Grey College were skittled out for 98 runs after they were put in to bat first by Grey High. Tiaan van Vuuren played a man of the match-winning performance with the ball, taking 3/18 to get put their rivals on the back-foot.

Grey High’s David Masterson and Elnathan Meiri scored 29 and 26 respectively to lead the charge for the cheap total. They reached their target with 20 balls to spare.

Paarl Gymnasium (Cape Cobras) finished the day as the only unbeaten side. They served up a crushing, nine-wicket win over Grey High in the morning, consolidating the day with a three-wicket win over Kearsney College. The Sunfoil Dolphins representatives have yet to record a win at this year’s finals weekend.

Paarl Gymnasium are now second on the log, just one point behind St Stithians (14). Grey College bring up third place with 12 points, followed by Affies, Grey High School and Kearsney College.


Fixtures for tomorrow:

 St Stithians vs Paarl Gymnasium – Senwes Park Stadium
 Affies vs Grey College – PUK Oval
 Kearsney College vs Grey High – Ibbies Oval



Coca-Cola T20 Schools Challenge, Day 2 results


Morning Matches

St Stithians 106/4 after 20 overs vs Grey College 107/3 after 18.4 overs at NWU-Pukke Oval
Grey College won by 7 wickets

Kearsney College 108/5 after 20 overs vs Affies 111/2 after 14.4 overs at NWU-Ibbies Oval
Affies won by 8 wickets (Bonus Point)

Grey High 166/4 after 20 overs vs Paarl Gymnasium 169/1 after 16.5 overs at Senwes Park
Paarl Gymnasium won 9 wickets


Afternoon Matches

Kearsney College 125/8 after 20 overs vs Paarl Gymnasium 128/7 after 14 overs at NWU-Pukke Oval
Paarl Gymnasium won by 3 wickets (Bonus Point)

Grey College 98/10 after 17.5 overs vs Grey High 100/5 after 16.4 overs at NWU-Ibbies Oval
Grey High won by 5 wickets

Affies 111/10 after 19.2 overs vs St Stithians 114/1 after 14 overs at Senwes Park
St Stithians won by 9 wickets (Bonus Point)