Hilton College and Grey High School opened the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Finals Weekend on unbeaten streaks with exciting wins against Rondebosch Boys’ High, St Andrews High School as well as St Albans College and King Edward VII respectively in Pretoria on Friday.
Hilton’s John Turner 3/7, James Rithie 2/7 and Michael Booth 2/9 helped reduce Rondebosch Boys’ to a meagre 60 all out before Rithie (29) returned with the bat and, along with Michael Schlanders (16*) saw their side to an easy eight-wicket victory in Round One.
Their Round Two, 47-run victory against St Andrews was more hard won.
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins champions managed to reach 150/5 in their allotted overs thanks to Robert McGaw (39), Michael Schlanders (33) and Gareth Schreuder (28) all chipping in. Saints' South Africa under-19s all-rounder, Gerald Coetzee, tried his best with bowling figures of 2/28 and adding 33 runs with the bat, but it was not enough to get his side over the line in the end.
Grey High School’s double began with a 24-run win over St Alban’s College in Round One, in spite of formidable bowling figures from Jordan Landsberg (4/18) and Harshil Jeeva (3/9) which saw the Eastern Cape side post a gettable 144/9 at the end of their innings. Their bowlers, led by Eliah Thorne (3/18) and Nicholas Fowler (3/27) had the Pretoria side bowled out for 120, securing an impressive victory in the end.
In Round Two, the Warriors representatives defeated King Edward VII (KES) by six wickets to give the Johannesburg-based school their first defeat of the tournament that afternoon.
KES posted a competitive 174/7 in their 20 overs thanks to a half-century by captain, Callum Broodryk (53). Grey PE's Tristan Stubbs (51*) got his team over the line with three deliveries to spare.
Rondebosch Boys' High secured an emphatic, ten-wicket victory over Prestige College during the second round of matches. Lehan Botha (59*) and captain, Gabriel Gad (43*), getting their team over the line.
St Alban's College secured their first victory during the second round with an eight-wicket victory over Graeme College. The captain of the latter, Mark Amm (59), top scoring with a half-century, but it was not enough as his team was restricted to 118/5.
St Alban's Christopher Williamson (44*) and Rein Hulme (39*) weighed in to give their team the victory.
King Edward VII 198/7 (Ambrin Snyders 62, Heinrich Pieterse 54, Bryce Parson 29; Sihle Mginywa 2/47); Graeme College 86 (Jeremy Beyleveld 21, Romario Fritz 16; Reece Botha 3/6, Dylan Fiebiger 2/5, Ian Crawshaw 2/14). King Edward VII won by 112 runs.
Grey High School 144/9 (LJ du Preez 45, Tristan Stubbs 29; Jordan Landsberg 4/18, Harshil Jeeva 3/9); St Alban’s College 120 (Jordan Landsberg 27, Ross Whitelaw 22; Eliah Thorne 3/18, Nicholas Fowler 3/27). Grey High School won by 24 runs.
Rondebosch Boys’ High 60 (Jordan Collier 17; John Turner 3/7, James Rithie 2/7, Michael Booth 2/9); Hilton College 61/2 (James Rithie 29, Michael Schlanders 16*; Michael Moore 2/26). Hilton College won by eight wickets.
Prestige College 67 (Sithembiso Mothise 14; Pheko Moletsane 3/13, JD Bruwer 2/1, Ruan Cronjé 2/7); St Andrews 70/2 (Gerald Coetzee 30*, Henré Koekemoer 25; Kamogelo Mphahlele 1/5). St Andrews won by eight wickets.
Hilton College 150/5 (Robert McGaw 39, Michael Schlanders 33, Gareth Schreuder 28; Gerald Coetzee 2/28); St Andrew's School 103/9 (Gerald Coetzee 33, Calvn Flanegan 22; James Ritchie 3/18, Thomas Dixon 3/25). Hilton College won by 47 runs.
King Edward VII 174/7 (Callum Broodryk 53, Bryce Parsons 29; Arend Visser 3/23, Tristan van Breda 2/24); Grey High School 177/4 (Tristan Stubbs 51*, Cody Posthumus 29, Luke Beaufort 29, Tiaan van Vuuren 28, LJ du Preez 27; Obakeng Maila 3/25). Grey High School won by six wickets.
Graeme College 118/5 (Mark Amm 59; Tristan Farrel 2/12); St Alban's College 120/2 (Christopher Williamson 44*, Rein Hulme 39*). St Alban's College won by eight wickets.
Prestige College 105/7 (Koos Motubatsi 28; Aneeq Gamieldien 2/23); Rondebosch Boys' High 106/0 (Lehan Botha 59*, Gabriel Gad 43*). Rondebosch Boys' High won by ten wickets.