The Franchise Finals leg of the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge kicked off in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday, and saw KZN Inland champions, Hilton College, defeat Coastal representatives, Clifton College in a thrilling 62-run win.
Thrilled with his team performance, Hilton College captain, James Ritchie said, “We did well today to post a large total that made it difficult for the opposing team to chase down. This is a big win for our school as we haven’t won the Dolphins final since 2015. We’re improving game by game and we need to continue to build from that if we want to win at the national finals.”
As part of the new development in the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge, tournament ambassador, Temba Bavuma, and a team of cricket experts selected Matthew Montgomery and Simon Holmes from Clifton College to play in the Coca-Cola T20 All-Star team in a curtain-raiser match against a CSA Development Hub team, during the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge National Finals.
“Today was a very enjoyable game of cricket. Hilton College played an incredible game and deserved to win the match. Today we selected Simon and Mathew from Clifton for the Coca-Cola T20 All-Star team. Simon was brilliant with the ball and took four of the five wickets for his team, stopping Hilton from scoring 180.
“The Clifton College captain, Matthew Montgomery, batted well and with all the wickets that were falling around him, was the rock of the team. If another batsman stayed with him the game could have been a lot different.”
“It’s a great privilege to be chosen by such a high-profile player to play for his team in the All-Star Team at the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge Final,” said Matthew Montgomery.
The Clifton College pair will be joined by ten players to be selected from the remaining five Coca-Cola Schools T20 Franchise Finals.
Simon Holmes concluded, “It’s amazing for a Proteas Test player to identify my talent and pick me to play in the All-Star team. I’m grateful and excited to join the other guys in Pretoria next month for the national finals.”