• Rain causes cricket havoc in the North

    The widespread rain over the northern parts of the country on Friday and Saturday meant there was no cricket possible in that part of the country, throwing the provincial playoffs in the T20 School Challenge into disarray, writes THEO GARRUN.

    The Gauteng and Northwest finals could not take place, so the organisers are allowing the schools involved to play their quarter-finals at their own venues during the week, with the semis and final scheduled for next Sunday.

    However, the SWD and Eastern Province finals did go ahead. St Andrew’s College beat Grey High School in the Eastern Province final, and Langenhoven Gimnasium beat the Bridgton RPC in the SWD final.

    St Andrew’s will now play off against Kei champions, Old Bunting Secondary School, and the Border champs – when they finally manage to stage that rain-delayed final – for the Warriors franchise title in East London on 8-9 March.

    Langenhoven Gim go into the Cobras playoff on 1-2 March at Glenwood House in George, along with Boland champs, Paarl Gim, and the eventual Western Province Provincial winners.

    Summarised scores

    Grey High 148-8 (Jade Smith 65; Ryan Ford 3-33)
    St Andrew’s 150-6 (Guy Rushmere 24, Calum Francis 82 not out; Eli Thorne 2-32)
    St Andrew’s won by 4 wickets

    Bridgton 62 (Julian Jacobs 2-12)
    Langenhoven Gim 63-5 (Yamkela Xokani 2-5)
    Langenhoven Gim won by 5 wickets

    There were some traditional matches played in Cape Town, where Rondebosch beat Paul Roos Gim, SACS beat Bishops in a Southern Suburbs derby and Wynberg proved too strong for the visitors from Pretoria, Affies. Affies played Rondebosch on Sunday and ran them extremely close in an exciting finish that saw Rondebosch get the winning runs with nine wickets down.

    Summarised scores

    Rondebosch 174 (Cole Walbrugh 41, Quinn van Oordt 33; Matthew Ludditt 3-41)
    Paul Roos 143 (Stephan Maree 34; Guy Sheena 3-36)
    Rondebosch won by 34 runs

    Bishops 106 (James Howard 37 not out; Nathan Ansell 5-16)
    SACS 107-4 (Daniel Smith 39)
    SACS won by 6 wickets

    Affies 97 (Gunther Kruger 27; Tebogo Faas 5-23, Simon Schultz 3-11)
    Wynberg 98-5 (Cameron Tanner 52 not out, Craig Jeffrey 31; Schalk Engelbrecht 4-19)
    Wynberg won by 5 wickets

    Affies 165 (Dewald Brevis 25, Aerton Helena 44; Lehan Botha 4-25).
    Rondebosch 167-9 (Quinn Van Oordt 35, Guy Sheena 23; Dihan Bekker 3-19).
    Rondebosch won by 1 wicket.

    The victorious Cape Town schools will be in action next weekend when the Western Province T20 provincial playoffs take place at Rondebosch Boys’ High School.

    The Easterns provincial playoffs are also on next weekend, with these matches taking place at Willowmoore Park.

    Participating schools
    Hoërskool Marais Viljoen
    Actonville RPC
    Hoërskool Kempton Park
    Hoërskool Dinamika
    CBC Boksburg
    Hoërskool Jeugland
    Hoërskool Dr EG Jansen

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