St Alban’s College 1st cricket team has won the final of the Titans franchise in the National Coke a Cola Schools T20 competition and will now represent the Titans at the National Tournament being held in Pretoria from 15 – 17 March at the University of Pretoria. St Alban’s College beat Marais Viljoen form Easterns in the final on Sunday at the Irene Country Club. St Alban’s lost the toss and fielded 1st, after Marais Viljoen got off to a flying start scoring 44 for 0 after 4 overs. The St Alban’s blowers stuck to their task and soon reduced Marais Viljoen to 65 for 3, some tight bowling followed and St Alban’s were able to restrict Maris Viljoen to 136 for 7 in their 20 overs. Rein Hulme being the pick of the bowlers taking 3 wickets for 8 runs in his 4 overs.
St Alban’s College openers Chris Williamson and Ross Whitelaw got St Alban’s off to a rollicking start with an opening stand of 70 in just 6 overs before Williamson was brilliantly caught at cover off the bowling of Liam Murphy for 37 off just 24 balls. Whitelaw and Farrell fell in quick secession to see St Alban’s 76 for 3 after 8 overs. Musa Twala and Rein Hulme then added 60 for the 4th wicket scoring the winning runs in 15.4 overs. Hulme ended the game with a huge six over cover to end 37 not out off 25 balls and Twala ended on 18 not out of 22 balls.
Road to the final
St Alban’s beat Cornwall Hill in the Northerns semi-final by 6 wickets before beating Garsfontein in the Northerns Final. The Northerns final went down to the wire after a tied match resulted in a super over being needed to separate the two teams. Garsfontein scored 9 in their super over. St Alban’s needed four to win off the last ball and the inform Chris Williamson hit the last ball of the game for six to progress to the Titans semi-final. The Titans semi-final was played in Phalaborwa against Limpopo winners Hoérskool Ben Vorster where St Albans ran out winners by 18 Runs to advance to the Titans final.
Summarized scores of the Northerns semi-final and final, Titans semi-final and Titans final.
Semi final vs CornwallCornwall batted first and scored 113 runs, all out in 19.3 overs
Best bowling performance: Jordan Landberg: 3 wickets for 21 runs in 3.3 overs
: Rein Hulme: 2 wickets for 14 runs in 4 overs
: Aidan Ridgway: 3 wickets for 26 runs in 3 overs
St Alban’s scored 114 runs for 4 wickets in 15.1 overs
Best batting performance: Chris Williamson: 38 runs off 29 balls
: Rein Hulme: 27 runs off 24 balls
Result: St Alban’s won by 6 wickets
Final vs HS Garsfontein
St Alban’s batted first and scored 126 runs, all out in 20 overs
Best batting performance: Rein Hulme: 22 runs off 26 balls
HS Garsfontein scored 126 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs
Best bowling performance: Tristan Farrell: 2 wickets for 12 runs of 4 overs
Result: Match tied
HS Garsfontein scored 9 runs in their 1 over. St Alban’s reached the target in their 1 overs with Chris Williamson clearing the boundary with a six.
Schools T20 Titans Semi Final vs Ben Vorster
St Alban’s batted first and scored 156 runs for 5 wickets in 20 overs
Best batting performance: Chris Williamson: 62 runs off 55 balls
: Musa Twala: 61 runs off 45 balls
Ben Vorster scored 138 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs
Best bowling performance: Jordan Landsberg: 4 wickets for 22 runs in 4 overs
St Albans won by 18 runs
Schools T20 Titans Final vs Marais Viljoen
Marais Viljoen batted first and scored 136 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs
Best bowling performance: Rein Hulme: 3 wickets for 8 runs in 4 overs
St Alban’s scored 137 runs for 3 wickets in 15.4 overs
Best batting performance: Chris Williamson: 37 runs off 24 balls
: Rein Hulme 37 runs off 36 balls (not out)
St Albans won by 7 wickets