Kearsney College hosted the quarter-finals of the KZN Coca-Cola Schools T20 tournament earlier this afternoon. The day saw two separate sessions with two morning games and two afternoon games. The winning teams of each of yesterday’s matches will progress on today’s semi-finals with the winners of those matches play in the final.
Westville Boys’ High was sent into bat which proved to be a good option by Glenwood’s captain, SJ De Klerk. Westville’s openers took their time to get going. First change bowlers B.Cele and R.Wood brought the breakthrough and each ended with figures of 2/12 from 3 overs and 2/20 from 4 overs respectively.
Glenwood bowled as a unit and made it particularly difficult for the batsmen to get the scoreboard ticking. R.Heine made it difficult for the middle-order as he bowled neatly picking up three wickets. Westville ended on 97/8 after 20 overs.
Glenwood lost an early wicket with Cele getting run-out for 1 by D.Rae. The top-order batted sensibly in order to ensure a comfortable win by 6 wickets. SJ De Klerk made sure that the middle order was not exposed to what was a tough batting wicket and was well aided by C.Laycock, 22 from 14 balls and M.Halstead 39 from 39 balls. Westville used six different bowlers in the aid to find a breakthrough.
Hosts Kearsney College played up against Thomas More College the largest win for the day winning by 104-runs. The hosts racked up the runs by scoring 199/7 after 20 overs. The innings started off with the early fall of L.Nel who was dismissed for a duck. Opening partner D.Hullet steadied the ship with 59 from 42 balls.
Captain and Wicket-keeper batsmen Cade Carmichael stole the show with a blistering innings of 64 from 23 balls which consisted of ten boundaries, six of them coming in the form of maximums. He came in with team sitting at 96/3 after 12.5 overs and took on the spinners with ease playing some fantastic slog sweeps, he was caught on the boundary in the last over. Leg-spinner M.Sim’s first 3 overs went for 18/2 and would have been pick of the bowlers before getting dispatched.
With an asking rate of just under 10 an over from the start, it was always going to be a steep hill to climb. Thomas More opening batsmen M.Davey batted well to get to 29 from 36 balls but was running out of partners at the other end. The Kearsney bowlers shared the wickets amongst themselves although opening bowler J.Roets did not pick up any wickets he bowled tight lines only going for 11 runs whilst his partner J.Stocks picked up 2/20 during his spell. Left-arm medium-pacer M.McMurray picked up 2/14 in 3 overs which saw him castling over
In the second match, Kloof played up against Northwood which was another low scoring game with Kloof ending on 91/8 after 20 overs. Opener J.Jarryd top-scored with an innings of 34 from 27 balls. A massive collapse which saw Kloof lose five wickets for 26 runs which halted the side’s chances of putting up a big total. Fortunately, Keagan played a well-paced innings of 33 from 40 balls which got the team to a defendable total. T.Chiliiza ended with neat figures of 2/8 from four overs.
Northwood chased down the target within with 14.5 overs with opening batsman Thulani Chiliza the standout batsmen scoring 50 from 45 balls at a strike rate of 111. Chiliza had a great all-round performance making sure Northwood was carried over the line. With not much on the board, the bowlers found it tough to take wickets which would have helped build some pressure. Samkelo stood out picking up 2/21 in 3.5 overs.
Results Quarter- Finals 30 January 2020
Westville Boys’ High 97/8 from 20 overs (J.Slaney 24 (23b); R.Heine 4-3-13, B.Cele 3-2-12); Glenwood 98/4 from 16.4 overs ((M.Halstead 39 (39b), SJ De Klerk 26 (40b), A.Dunford 1.4-1-13). Glenwood win by 6 wickets.
Clifton 140/7 from 20 overs () Durban High School 97 from 19.3 overs) Clifton win by 43 runs.
Kearsney College 197/8 after 20 overs (Cade Carmichael 64 (23b) and D.Hullet 59 (42b), H.Brimelow 4-2-30 ); Thomas More College after 20 overs (M.davey 28 (36b), M.McMurray 3-2-14, J.Stocks 4-2-20). Kearsney College win by 104 runs.
Kloof 91/8 from 20 overs (Jarryd 34(27) and Keagan 33(40b), Thulani Chiliza 2/8); Northwood 92/8 from 14.5 overs (Thulani Chiliza 50*(45b), Samkelo 3.5-2-21). Northwood win by 7 wickets.
Semi-Final Fixtures 31st January 2020
Kearsney College 1st XI vs Northwood 1st XI at 9:00 am
Glenwood 1st XI vs Clifton High School 1st XI at 9:00 am