Katlego Sekopane’s outstanding performances with bat and ball propelled Queens High School to a convincing victory over Parktown Boys High on Saturday.
Sekopane led from the front, top scoring with a wonderfully constructed 69 from 87 deliveries. He then paced the bowling attack, sending down six overs and claiming a damaging 3/22.
Batting first, Queens endured a rocky start, losing two wickets for only 16 runs. However, when Pranay Tailor joined Sekopane, the pair got to work rebuilding their side’s innings.
Tailor continued his purple patch with the bat, notching up yet another half-century, with 50 from 82 balls, in a 123-run partnership with Sekopane.
Mzwakhe Mkhwananzi also got in on the action with an important 33 in the latter stages of the innings, helping his side to a very defendable 249/9 in their 50 overs.
Aarush Siddapur shone with the ball for the visitors. In a wonderful eight-over spell, he snapped up 4/30. Uwais Mahomed impressed, too, chipping in with an economical seven overs that brought him a return of 2/26.
Unfortunately for the visitors, their reply began shakily, and they soon found themselves in heaps of trouble on 65/4. Miles Makudu resisted, however, demonstrating good composure to register the innings’ highest score of 33 from 50 balls. Yahya Bhaba fought hard for a valiant 22 from 58 deliveries, but the Queens’ bowlers were on top.
Despite the efforts of the Parktown pair, Sekopane’s cheap three wickets, together with Kamogelo Matji’s 2/25, was too much for the visitors.
Although they spent almost 49 overs out in the middle, Parktown were restricted to a paltry 128 all out, leaving Queens the winners by a handsome 121-run margin.
Queens High School 249/9 (Katlego Sekopane 69, Pranay Tailor 50, Mzwakhe Mkhwananzi 33, Kabelo Rapodile 23; Aarush Siddapur 4/30, Uwais Mahomed 2/26) Parktown Boys High 128/10 (Miles Makudo 33, Yayha Bhaba 22; Sekopane 3/22, Kamogelo Matji 2/25). Queens High School won by 121 runs.