Rehan Lues continued his impressively destructive batting to help Hoërskool Centurion overcome last year’s runners-up, Potchefstroom Volkskool, by a comprehensive six wickets on day two of the Westvaal North-South T20.
Lues smashed an eye-opening 60 from only 21 deliveries in the Pretoria side’s successful chase of the 172 runs they required for victory. On Thursday, he blasted an equally impressive 71 from only 24 balls against Selborne College. Batting at a strike rate of 286, the power hitter’s innings included three fours and six sixes.
Dian van Tonder lent solid assistance, with his constructive 40 from 38 laying the platform for Lues to do the damage. Charl Prinsloo also played his part with a belligerent 38 from only 17 balls at the top of the order.
For Potch Volkies, Diaan van der Merwe shone with the bat, top scoring with a vital 46 not out, which came off only 33 deliveries. Berno de Klerk (44, 35b) and Louis van Wyk (42, 18b) helped boost the Potchefstroom visitors to a total of 171/9 from their 20 overs.
Unfortunately for Volkies, they couldn’t withstand the onslaught from Lues as Centurion cruised home with 3.2 overs to spare.
Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool came out on top against a very strong St Stithians outfit.
Divan de Villiers continued his astonishing form with yet another superb performance. The all-rounder backed up his unbeaten 80 on Thursday with 31 in Friday morning’s match. He also bagged another three scalps to take his tally to seven in only two outings in the tournament thus far.
It was Jorich van Zyl, however, who stole the limelight, top scoring with a-run-a ball 39, which helped his side across the line.
Emile Odendaal was the mainstay for the side from Johannesburg, blasting his way to a classy 50 from 32 deliveries. Together with Odendaal, Lhuan-dre Pretorius displayed his power once again and contributed a well-played 34 at the top of the order.
Ethan Jacobs did his utmost to stop the Affies’ batsmen with the ball in hand, but the local lads made it over the line with one ball to spare and four wickets left in the bank.
Potchefstroom Volkskool 171/9 (Diaan van der Merwe 46*, Berno de Klerk 44, Louis van Wyk 42; Zandre Boezardt 2/27, Logan Fourie 2/34); Hoërskool Centurion 172/4 (Rehan Pretorius 60*, Dian van Tonder 40*, Charl Prinsloo 38; Dian Liebenberg 2/18). Centurion won by four wickets.
St Stithians 155/7 (Emile Odendaal 50, Lhuan-dre Pretorius 34, Richard Seletswane 28; Divan de Villiers 3/39); Affies 161/7 (Jorich van Schalkwyk 39, Divan de Villiers 31; Ethan Jacobs 3/26). Affies won by four wickets.