Jeppe High School for Boys is the new Johnny Waite Knockout champions after defeating Helpmekaar-kollege yesterday by 69 runs in the final.
It was only the second Johnny Waite-title that Jeppe bagged since their first which was won back in 1989. It was also Jeppe’s first appearance in the final of the prestigious competition since 2003.
It was Helpmekaar’s first appearance in the final of the competition.
Back in 1989 Jeppe defeated St John’s College in the final with probably one of South Africa’s best cricket umpires ever Cyril Mitchley as the coach. Jeppe’s resident cricket professional, Roland Blanks, was also part of the victorious team of 1989.
Jeppe High School for Boys 153/7 (Tshepo Stafa 53, Kyle Jackson 48, Jayden Brooker 23; Tjaart Mentz 2/40); Helpmekaar-kollege 84 (Henricus Meyer 30; Luke Cannon 2/7, Sipho Potsane 2/8, Ryan Hartcourt-Baldwin 2/11, Tshepo Stafa 2/14, Jayden Brooker 2/21). Jeppe High School for Boys won by 69 runs.