Lhuandré Pretorius of St Stithians College has been racking up the runs this season. He has scored his seventh century for his school side this weekend against St David’s Marist on the Dlamini Oval.
Pretorius was in a devastating mood against St Davids as he scored an unbeaten 160 runs of a mere 141 deliveries. This helped Saints reach 273/5 in their allotted 50 overs.
Pretorius struck seven fours and 11 sixes in his innings. It was his second century against St David’s Marist this season as he recorded an innings of 166 in an earlier match between the two schools.
Pretorius’ other centuries came against Maritzburg College (140), Noordheuwel (119), Hilton College (109*), Lions Invitation XI (106) and St Andrew’s of Bloemfontein (104).
This does not include the unbeaten century (126*) Pretorius scored during Cricket South Africa’s Cubs Week in Stellenbosch for the Central Gladiators against the Coastal Conquerors.
The left-handed opening batsman will without a doubt be a force to be reckoned with if he continue his excellent form next season.
Saints won the match against St David’s comfortably by 180 runs. Pretorius was dropped twice in his innings. Tahseen Hanslo (60) also weighed in with a half-century.
St David’s were restricted to only 93 runs thanks to some excellent bowling by Olly Riley (4/16) and Kwena Maphaka (2/13).
Pretorius has scored 1 744 runs thus far in the season at an average of 69.76 runs per innings.
This week the semi-finals of the Johnny Waite Knockout competition will take place. Jeppe High School for Boys will take on King Edward VII, while Helpmekaar-kollege and St David’s Marist will face each other
St Stithians College 273/5 (Lhuandré Pretorius 160*, Tahseen Hanslo 60, Extras 25; Boago Gaoraelwe 3/33); St David’s Marist 93 (Sam Wearne 26; Olly Riley 4/16, Kwena Maphaka 2/13). St Stithians College won by 180 runs.