Matthew Erasmus and Joshua Richards shared an unbeaten 161-run opening stand to set up a tight, six-run victory for St Stithians College over Wynberg Boys’ High School in Round One of the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge finals weekend in Stellenbosch on Friday. The weekend, which will be held in the picturesque winelands, began today and will conclude on Sunday.
St Stithians (bizhub Highveld Lions) were 161 without loss at the end of their allotted overs with Erasmus hitting 77* (59 balls, 7 fours, 2 sixes) and Richards adding a 62-ball 68* (4 fours, 3 sixes). Wynberg conceded 16 runs in extras, including 12 wides as their bowlers struggled and failed to make a breakthrough.
In their batting reply, the BuildNat Cape Cobras representatives’ openers, Karl Vermeulen and Cedric Landers got their side off to a solid start with a 53-run partnership before the latter was bowled out by Tristan Brooks (1/13) on 33 (22 balls). Vermeulen top scored with 65 runs (40 balls, 5 fours, 3 sixes) with Grant Martin chipping in with 25 runs and Josh Breed adding a valuable 18 but Craig Meier took 3/19 in his four-over spell to help restrict the them to 155/5.
At Bridge House School in Franschhoek, the VKB Knights representative, St Andrew’s School also snuck a narrow, eight-run win over the Multiply Titans’ Centurion Hoërskool. Calvin King took an outstanding 4/25 during Centurion’s chase of St Andrew’s 124-run target.
The other Titans’ representative, Prestige College fell to a tough, 68-run defeat to the Warriors’ Selborne College. Half-centuries by Matt Dewar (62) and Mathew Ferrant (57) saw Selborne post a competitive 154/3, but it was Aiden van Wyk who was the star of the match, taking an incredible 6/13 in four overs to deliver a solid victory for the Eastern Cape side in the end. Prestige were bundled out for 86 runs with top scores coming from Tumelo Banda (35) and Polite Shingange (23).