Aiden Reyneke‘s superb innings of 121 not out from only 56 deliveries laid the platform for Jeppe‘s 96-run thumping of Hoërskool Monument in Wednesday’s playoff rounds of the Johnny Waite T20 competition.
After winning the toss, Jeppe batted first, progressing neatly along until Reyneke decided to let loose on the Monnas’ attack.
The opening batsman smashed 10 fours and a whopping eight sixes as he zipped along at a strike rate of 216, with 88 runs, or more than 70 percent of his total, coming in boundaries.
Ryan Young joined in on the festivities, combining well with Reyneke in an impressive 148-run partnership. Young took only 37 balls to rustle up 57, which helped Jeppe post a formidable 230/3 in their 20 overs.
Unfortunately for Monument, their batsmen were unable to match what Jeppe’s batsmen managed. Apart from Keegan van Wyk, who contributed a good-looking 33 from 32 balls, the rest of the Monnas’ line-up was guilty of settling in, only to lose their wickets shortly after that.
Shresh Kumar played a large role in the Krugersdorp side’s downfall, claiming an impressive four scalps for 47 runs. Ryan Harcourt-Baldwin (2/15) and Tinotenda Mutekwa (2/30) did their bit, too, as Monnas were restricted to a disappointing 134/9 in reply, leaving Jeppe to march on to the next round in style.
Queens High School from Johannesburg edged out an inspired Randburg side, claiming a nail-biting five-run victory that went down to the last ball.
Out in the middle first, Queens were boosted by a snappy 66 off only 39 balls from Pranay Tailor. Kabelo Rapodile, meanwhile, played the steady hand, contributing a mature 36, to help Queens tally 164/5.
Randburg got off to a solid start in pursuit of 165 for victory, but a cluster of wickets then went down, reducing them to 78/3 in the 12th over. Josef van den Berg stood firm, however, heaving the ball to the boundary nine times as he put together the match’s highest score of 86 from just 44 deliveries. His powerful blast included seven sixes and only two fours.
Richard Barnard added 22 but, unfortunately for Randburg, after the pair departed, they fell behind the required run rate and were on 159/6 when their overs ran out.
St David’s Marist Inanda made light work of Northcliff in their encounter, with the Manack duo batting beautifully to see their side to a 10-wicket victory.
The Saint David’s bowlers kept Northcliff in check at 146 for 8 after their 20 overs. Then the Manacks went to work. Armaan Manack, fresh off a massive 140 against St John’s College, lashed 84 off only 38 balls, while Morteza Manack, while not quite as brutal, was ruthless nonetheless, weighing in with a scintillating 60 from 40 balls.
That onslaught saw St David’s breeze across the line in the 13th over.
For Northcliff, it was the duo of Kyle Davies and Frank Devenish who stood out. Davies top scored with a fine 46, while Devenish provided a lift with a quickfire 41.
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Jeppe 230/3 (Aiden Reyneke 121*, Ryan Young 57; Rieghardt Prinsloo 1/26); Monument 134/9 (Keagan van Wyk 33; Shresh Kumar 4/47, Ryan Harcourt-Baldwin 2/15, Tinotenda Mutekwa 2/30). Jeppe won by 96 runs.
Queens School 164/5 (Pranay Tailor 66*, Kabelo Rapodile 36; Jordan Hepner 1/26); Randburg 159/6 (Josef van den Berg 86, Richard Barnard 22; Kamogelo Matji 1/12, Pranay Tailor 1/13). Queens School won by five runs.
Northcliff 146/8 (Kyle Davies 46, Frank Devenish 41, Alex Wiest 21; Avela Sibisi 2/22, Oliver Botha 2/26); St David’s Marist 148/0 (Armaan Manack 84*, Mortexa Manack 60*). St David’s Marist won by ten wickets.