Erasmus blasts St Stithians to third consecutive victory

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 25: Matt Erasmus of the Bizhub Highveld Lions (St. Stithians) celebrate scoring a century during day 3 of the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge between Bzhub Highveld Lions v Warriors at Coetzenberg Cricket Fields on March 25, 2017 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 25: Matt Erasmus of the Bizhub Highveld Lions (St. Stithians) celebrate scoring a century during day 3 of the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge between Bzhub Highveld Lions v Warriors at Coetzenberg Cricket Fields on March 25, 2017 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Matthew Erasmus became the first batsman to reach a century in this year’s Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge finals weekend when he struck a 75-ball 105 to lead St Stithians to a 37-run victory over Selborne College in the morning round of Day Two in Stellenbosch on Saturday.

Erasmus’ fine knock included four boundaries and five sixes as he and Curtis Campher (37*) batted their side to 162/3 at the end of their innings after electing to bat first.

Selborne’s reply was stifled by a rampant Saints bowling attack with Craig Meier (2/18), Jason Knibbs (2/23) and Jean-Pierre Bloem (2/28) taking two wickets each to restrict them to 125/8 at the end of their innings, leaving the Johannesburg side unbeaten in the tournament so far.

At Louis Small Oval in Kraaifontein, Nonelela Yikha continued his good form with the ball in hand, taking 4/13 in four overs to lead Hudson Park to a nine-wicket win over Centurion Hoërskool. The latter were bundled out for 86 runs with four deliveries to spare thanks to Yikha and Jason Niemand (3/9).

Niemand also led another good batting innings for his side, hitting an unbeaten 53 from 34 balls (6 fours, 1 six) with Luke Dallas chipping in with 29 runs from 34 to give their side an emphatic victory in the end.

Lastly, in Franschhoek, Glenwood High School suffered an eight-wicket defeat at the hands of St Andrew’s School.

The former were confined to 101/9 thanks to Gerald Coetzee (2/11), Ruan Cronje (2/17) and Marx de Villiers (2/17).

Coetzee then returned unbeaten for 49 off 31 balls to give his side a win, taking them one step closer to the semi-finals.