Knibbs takes five as St Stithians comfortably defend Schools T20 Challenge title

Stithians) and team mates celebrate during day 4 of the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Finals Challenge match between Bizhub Highveld Lions (St. Stithians) and Hudson Park (Coastal Focus Schools (CF)) at Stellenbosch University Cricket Fields on March 26, 2017 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Stithians) and team mates celebrate during day 4 of the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Finals Challenge match between Bizhub Highveld Lions (St. Stithians) and Hudson Park (Coastal Focus Schools (CF)) at Stellenbosch University Cricket Fields on March 26, 2017 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Jason Knibbs took an exceptional five wickets for eight runs in 3.3 overs to help set up an easy, eight-wicket victory for St Stithians College over Hudson Park in the final of the 2016/2017 Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge in Stellenbosch on Sunday.

Proving that the newly launched Cricket South Africa (CSA) Focus Schools Programme was a great success, Hudson Park made it to the tournament final after a nail-biting, one-run triumph over Wynberg Boys’ High in their semi-final clash earlier in the day, while St Stithians went about their normal business, claiming a comfortable, 49-run win over St Andrews to secure their place in the final.

The Saints attack, led by Knibbs was in fine form. Craig Meier took 2/15 with Jean-Pierre Bloem and Tristan Brooks chipping in with a scalp each seeing Hudson bundled out for just 62 runs in 16.3 overs.

Opening batsman and captain, Joshua Richards then made a quick-fire 54 from 19 balls (9 fours, 2 sixes) to make sure that his side were on the brink of success by the time he fell on over 4.3. The defending champions were simply outstanding with the bat, reaching their target in exactly five overs.