King Edwards VII High School have qualified to represent the bizhub Highveld Lions franchise at the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge National Finals, after beating Rustenburg High School by 8 wickets in the tournament’s franchise final on Wednesday, 28 February, in Potchefstroom.
KES won the toss and sent Rustenburg High School into bat. It was a good decision and immediately paid dividends for KES.
Rustenburg never got going and lost wickets at regular intervals with only Stian Swanepoel with 18 off 10 balls and Henco Naude with 20 runs getting into double figures. Rustenburg scored 82/9 in 20 overs.
KES bowlers all got wickets with Obakeng Maila taking 2/17 and being the only bowler to take more than one wicket.
The score was not enough to stop KES from winning. Heinrich Pieterse was particularly harsh on the Rustenburg bowlers and scored 52 not out off 40 balls.
Odilile Modimokoane of Rustenburg High School was brilliant with the ball, taking 2/16 in 4 overs. If he had had more runs to defend he could have made life very difficult for KES.
KES captain, Callum Broodryk, commented, “I’m very proud of the boys today in winning the Lions Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge Franchise final. There was a lot of pressure on us to make it to the next round as we have not been able to do it since 2011. I’m proud of the boys for pulling through when it counted, and I’m backing the boys to go all the way.”
As part of the franchise final, Stian Swanepoel and Odilile Modimokoane from Rustenburg High School were selected by a team of cricket experts to be part of the Coca-Cola T20 All-Star Team to take on the Cricket South Africa Development team at the national finals. The new addition to the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge is aimed at spreading the talent search net wider and will see a team of cricket experts attend all franchise finals in search of outstanding players in the teams that do not qualify for the national finals.
Stian Swanepoel, Rustenburg High School All-Rounder, commented, “It means a lot to be chosen to represent the All-Star team in the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge. It’s truly a dream come true.”
“It’s a great privilege to play for the Coca-Cola T20 All Star team. I’m a bit disappointed that my team didn’t win, but I’m excited that Coca-Cola are giving me another opportunity to show my talent and represent Rustenburg,” said left arm spinner Odilile Modimokoane.
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