Olefa Padi shone with the ball to guide his side, Potchefstroom Volkskool, to a comprehensive victory over Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool on Sunday in the Westvaal North-South T20 Tournament. He was outstanding, capturing 4 for 17 from his four-over spell to set Volkies on the path to victory.
Berno de Klerk played a vital role, too, sending three batsmen back to the pavilion, as he returned figures of 3 for 30.
Volkies, batting first, started well, thanks to De Klerk, who powered his way to an impressive 50 from just 28 deliveries.
However, it was Kobus Pienaar who stole the show. He swung the bat freely and often, sending the ball to all parts of the ground as he amassed a blistering 63 from just 31 balls. His innings, which boasted a healthy scoring rate of 203, included four fours and a staggering five sixes.
Heinrich Muller led the way for the Affies’ bowlers, signing off his North-South campaign with the impressive figures of 2/23 from his four overs.
Chasing 190 for victory, the usually consistent Affies’ batsmen couldn’t get into gear. They clawed their way to 67/6 before the reliable Janco Purchase launched a counter-attack, blasting 48 from just 24 balls.
Unfortunately for the Pretoria boys, not even 35 from Divan de Villiers was able to give their innings a much-needed boost, and they slumped to a meagre 126 all out, which left Potch Volkies the convincing winners by 63 runs.
Rondebosch came out firing in their last game, thumping a strong Grey College side by 66 runs. Batting first, Bosch’s Noah Heath made good use of the friendly surface, delivering an exquisitely played innings of 89 from only 53 deliveries.
Captain Jordan Neill, the scorer of two centuries earlier in the tournament, chipped in with 28, to help his side to a respectable 182/5.
The exertions of the past few days appeared to catch up with the Grey College batsmen, with lapses of concentration causing them to lose wickets at regular intervals. Raeeq Daniels was the pick of the Bosch bowling, claiming 2/26 in his four overs.
Under pressure, only Henru de Wet appeared to have answers to the Cape Town team’s attack. He made a well-played 22, but all around him the Grey innings crumbled as the Bloem boys stumbled to 116 all out.
Potchefstroom Volkskool 189/6 (Kobus Pienaar 63, Berno de Klerk 50, Attie Liebenberg 24, Ludwich Schuld 20; Heinrich Muller 2/23, Nicolai Bester 2/28); Affies 126/10 (Janco Purchase 48, Divan de Villiers 35; Olefa Padi 4/17, Berno de Klerk 3/30). Potchefstroom Volkskool won by 63 runs.
Rondebosch 182/5 (Noah Heath 89, Jordan Neill 28; Darion Rabie 2/33); Grey College 116/10 (Henru de Wet 22; Raeeq Daniels 2/26). Rondebosch won by 66 runs.
St Andrew’s School 157/8 (Naude Botha 29, Jordan van der Berg 27, Connor Nel 26, Schalk Liebenberg 23; Blake Simpson 2/18); Westville Boys’ High 158/4 (James Kruger 73, Aryan Gopalan 44; Liebenberg 1/21). Westville won by six wickets.
Selborne College 204/7 (Jacques van der Merwe 104, Tre Gilbert 41, Ethan Currin 22; Dawico Kruger 3/13, DW van Rooyen 2/47); Hoërskool Nelspruit 112/10 (Vaughn van Zyl 38, Dawico Kruger 20; Qina Nuka 3/19, Ethan Currin 3/33). Selborne College won by 92 runs.