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T20 schools' finals produce interesting scores
21 Feb 2012
Mike Hill

THE finals of the CSA Schools T20 competition took place over the weekend in Potchefstroom. This was the culmination of an event which started in the fourth term in 2011 between over 600 schools countrywide.

Each of the six franchises has a school to wear their colours representing them in the finals. Westville won the right to play for the Dolphins after beating Maritzburg College in the KZN final­. College had represented the Dolphins in the first two years of the competition, losing in the final in 2010.

Nelspruit High School represented the Titans, surprisingly beating Affies in the final. Paarl Boys’ High School beat Rondebosch for the right to represent the Cape Cobras. Potchefstroom Gimnasium represented the Highveld Lions after beating Parktown Boys’ High School in the final. Grey High School beat Selborne and represented the Warriors for the second time. Northern Cape (previously known as Noordkaap) represented the Knights for the third time after beating Grey College in the final. Northern Cape last year were runners-up to Waterkloof losing in a super over and were the favourites to win this year.

The final on Sunday was between Paarl BHS and Northern Cape. Paarl sailed into the finals winning both games on Friday and both on Saturday. It was not plain sailing for Northern Cape as they lost their first match against Potch Gimmies on Friday and then had their match on Saturday morning against Grey HS cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch. The afternoon game was a must-win game against Nelspruit. They won with a bonus point. This snuck them into the final­.

It was not a good introduction for the Dolphin’s representative as they lost all four matches. On Friday morning they lost by 111 runs against Paarl BHS, where they were bowled out for 69. In the afternoon against Northern Cape where Westville scored 111, they lost by eight wickets.

On Saturday morning the match against Nelspruit was reduced to seven overs and Westville scored 71-3 with Brendan Hartslief making 36 off 19 balls which included two sixes and three fours. Nelspruit reached the target with three balls to spare. In the afternoon it was again Hartslief­ who top-scored with 50 off 39 balls taking Westville to 117 all out in the last over. Potch Gimmies got home with five balls to spare. Kyle Simmonds was the pick of the Westville bowlers taking three wickets for 19.

In the final on Sunday morning Northern Cape won the toss and elected to bat, but wickets fell at regular intervals. They ended with a moderate 120-9. Xander Pitchers top-scored with 40 off 36 balls and Darren Papier was the best of the Paarl bowlers with three wickets in his four overs.

When play was suspended for a short time, in the eighth over, Paarl was behind on the Duckworth-Lewis totals. After play resumed Paarl piled on the runs with Nelis van Rensburg making 51 off 43 balls. This took Paarl to a four- wicket­ win with nine balls remaining.

Paarl BHS won R100 000 which they will use to install indoor nets. Dejected SA Schools players and captain of Northern Cape, Diego Rosier accepted a cheque of R60 000 for the runners- up for the second consecutive year. They will be using the money to develop turf nets.

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