St Andrews College beat Grey High by four wickets to clinch the Eastern Province 2019 T20 Schools Challenge Provincial Final.
The 2019 Schools T20 Challenge tournament has reached its business stage and St Andrews College has won the Eastern Province T20 Schools Challenge Provincial final. They qualified to play against Border and Kei champions on 9 March to see who will represent their franchise in the national finals from the 15-17 March.
This year’s provincial finals were played over two days and started off at the quarter-final stage where St Andrews College, Bethelsdorp Comprehensive School, Loyiso High School, Hoër Landbouskool Marlow, Grey High School, Hoërskool Brandwag, Union High School and Hoërskool Nico Malan battled each other to represent their province.
St Andrews beat Bethelsdorp High School by 139 runs in the quarter-finals, Hoër Landbouskool Marlow by 8 wickets in their semi-final, and Grey High School by 6 wickets in the final.
St Andrews’ strength was drawn from their batsmen, with most of them getting decent scores during the tournament. James Mullins 82, Callum Francis 82 not out, Nicholas Barlow 43, and Guy Rushmere 42 all got among the runs, while Nicholas Poole was their top wicket-taker with 6 wickets in the tournament.
The winner of the Franchise finals will join the other five franchises winners and the two schools that qualified through the CSA Focus School programme at the competition’s National Finals at the University of Pretoria from 15 to 17 March. The eventual winners stand to walk off with R110 000 for their school.
Grey High 192-4 (G van Heerden 40, J Smith 39)
Brandwag 108 (C Drynon 3-21)
Grey won by 84 runs
Loyiso 114-5 (L Kubashe 41 not out; T Delport 2-11)
Marlow 115-5 (L Valentine 60 not out; Z Mjikwa 2-20)
Marlow won by 5 wickets
St Andrews 191-5 (J Mullins 82, N Barlow 43, G Rushmere 42 not out)
Bethelsdorp 52 (C Poole 4-12)
St Andrews won by 139 runs
Union High 103 (L Rens 3-10)
Nico Malan 104-7 (T Gladwell 21)
Nico Malan won by 3 wickets
Marlow 56 (S Botha 27; L Lubengu 2-5, L Dotwana 2-6)
St Andrews 61-2 (J Mullins 30)
St Andrews won by 8 wickets
Nico Malan 86-5 (J Stephenson 3-18)
Grey High 91-3 (J Smith 39; L Arries 3-20)
Grey High won by 7 wickets
Grey High 148-8 (J Smith 65; R Ford 3-33)
St Andrews 150-6 (C Francis 82 not out; E Thorne 2-32)
St Andrews won by four wickets
Photos: Mike Sheehan/Gallo Images