In a final preparation ahead of Michaelmas Week, Jeppe beat touring New Zealand school side Westlake by 103 runs on Heritage Day Monday, writes THEO GARRUN.
Auckland-based Westlake are regular visitors to these parts – they come every second year, and they will be in action in Pietermaritzburg at the Michaelmas festival. They make a stop in Pretoria first, however, where they will meet Pretoria Boy’s High on Tuesday.
It will be a busy three weeks for the tourists. From Maritzburg they go to Cape Town, where they will play SACS, Hoërskool Stellenbosch, Bishops and Wynberg.
Jeppe batted first on Monday and posted a useful 281-6 in their 50 overs. Top-scorer was Levert Manje with 65, closely followed by Matthew van Dyk, who got 64.
The tourists battled against the spin of Cian Robertson and Dillon Kirkland, who took 2-40 and 3-14 respectively as they bowled Westlake out for 179 with six overs in hand. Jock McKenzie looked very useful with the bat for them and he was unlucky to go out on 47.
Jeppe will play Hilton, Michaelhouse, DHD and Westville at the Michaelmas Festival, while Westlake take on Northwood, Hilton, Kearsney and Maritzburg College.
Jeppe 281-6 (Matt van Dyk 64, Branden Schaper 43, Levert Manje 65, Nhlanhla Mashigo 35; Jock McKenzie 3/38, Tom Pleciak 2/51).
Westlake 179 (Mitchell Grey 23, Jock McKenzie 47; Dillon Kirkland 3/14, Cian Robertson 2/40, Mohammed Ahmad 2/43).
Jeppe won by 103 runs.
In other action on Heritage Day, Jonathan Bird of Bishops made 102 not out in the Noord-Suid T20 tournament’s plate final on Monday, only to be eclipsed by Gareth Beavan of Westville, who smashed 128 not out to clinch a seven-wicket victory for his team.
Bird’s ton came off 63 balls with five fours and five sixes, while Beavan only needed 56 balls and he smashed 13 fours and seven sixes. The competition’s final was won by Menlo Park who beat the hosts, Hoërskool Centurion by five wickets in the final.
Noord-Suid T20 Scoreboards
Final – Centurion 164-7
(Neil Geyser 43, Charl Van der Heever 34; Sebastian Van Rooyen 2-43).
Menlo Park 165-5 (Stefan Kruger 73 not out, Jaco Britz 43).
Menlo Park won by five wickets.
Plate Final – Bishops 175/7 (Jon Bird 102 not out; Hayden Bowman 2-27, Gareth Beavan 2-25).
Westville 176-3 (Gareth Beavan 128 not out).
Westville won by seven wickets.
Photo: Theo Garrun