• Coca-Cola T20 playoffs begin

    The first of the Schools T20 provincial playoff tournaments take place at Kearsney College this week, writes THEO GARRUN.

    The first of the provincial final playoff games in the Coca-Cola Schools T20 competition takes place this week.

    This year the quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals of the 16 CSA provincial unions will all take place at centralised venues, over two days, with the winners going through to the next round of the tournament, the franchise playoffs. The latter will determine the six schools who will play in the National Finals at the University of Pretoria from 15 to 17 March.

    They will be joined there by two CSA Focus Schools – one each from the coastal and inland regions – who will have come through a similar elimination process.

    The eventual overall winners stand to walk off with R110 000 for their school.

    This week’s playoffs are to find the KwaZulu-Natal Coastal champions. They take place on Thursday and Friday at Kearsney College.

    Participating teams
    Kearsney College
    Thomas Moore College
    Clifton College

    The KwaZulu-Natal Inland provincial finals are at Michaelhouse on 7 and 8 February, with the two KZN provincial champions meeting in Pietermaritzburg on 22 February to see who goes to the national finals as the Dolphins representatives.

    The programmes for the provincial and franchise finals are likely to have some changes, as several of them have been scheduled over weekends when the schools involved will have traditional fixtures arranged.

    Provincial finals
    KZN Coastal – Kearsney College 31 January and 1 February
    Border – Selborne College 2 and 3 February
    Northern Cape – Noordkaap 2 and 3 February
    Kei – Khaya Majola Oval 2 and 3 February
    KZN Inland – Michaelhouse 7 and 8 February
    Free State – St Andrew’s School 9 and 10 February
    Northerns – Tuks 8 and 10 February
    Boland – Paul Roos Gim 9 and 10 February
    Gauteng – St Stithians 16 and 17 February
    Eastern Province – Grey High 16 and 17 February
    Northwest – PUK 15 and 17 February
    SWD – Outeniqua 16 and 17 February
    Western Province – Rondebsoch 23 and 24 February
    Easterns – Bedfordview CC 22 and 23 February
    Mpumalanga – Penryn College 23 and 24 February
    Limpopo – Polokwane CC 23 and 24 February

    Franchise finals
    Dolphins – Pietermartizburg Oval 22 February
    Cobras – Glenwood House 1 and 2 March
    Titans – Willowmoore Park 2 and 3 March
    Lions – Wanderers 6 March
    Knights – St Andrew’s 8 March
    Warriors – Selborne College 8 and 9 March
    National Finals – Tuks 15, 16 and 17 March

    Photo: Theo Garrun

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