St. Stithian’s College from Johannesburg will not just attempt to defend their title as champions of the Coca-Cola Schools’ T20 Challenge in Stellenbosch, but they will also be aiming to be the first school to bag their third title of this prestigious tournament.
Saints were crowned champions last year in Stellenbosch after beating Paarl Gimnasium by eight runs in the final at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom. Their hero in the final was Wiaan Mulder with 82 runs. He was well supported by Wandile Makwetu (61). The South African u19 captain was also named Player of the Tournament for his exploits in Potchefstroom last year.
Mulder went on to make his senior franchise debut after his performances in Potchefstroom as well as for the national u19-side. It took him only two first-class matches to boast with a five-wicket haul as well as a century on this level of cricket.
Four of the matches will be streamed live on Fanstream.co.za. This includes one of the semi-finals as well as the final on Sunday.
The first tournament was held in Pretoria during the 2009/10 season with Menlopark bagging the inaugural title. Menlopark managed to become the first school with two titles when they were also crowned champions in 2015 in Stellenbosch.
Since the inception of the tournament only two schools, St. Stithian’s College and Wynberg Boys’ High, managed to be crowned champions’ of their franchises for four of the eight seasons the competition has been running.
Five other schools Westville Boys’ High of Durban, Grey High School of Port Elizabeth, Noord-Kaap of Kimberley, Waterkloof of Pretoria and Grey College from Bloemfontein reached the finals as champions of their franchises three times.
In this season’s Coca-Cola Schools’ T20 Challenge final in Stellenbosch five schools will make their first appearance at the national finals. Glenwood (Dolphins), Selborne College (Warriors) and Centurion (Titans) were crowned champions of their franchises for the first time. Prestige College from Hammanskraal and Hudson Park of East London will also make a first appearance at the national tournament.
The teams are:
Centurion: Francois van Heerden, LJ Trichardt, Divan Greyling, Wayne Joubert, Kevin Osborne, Charl van den Heever, Ryan Salomon, Chad Solomon, Juandre du Preez, Michael Salomon, Reinhardt Brenner, Ethan Wentzel, Neil Geyser.
Glenwood: Daelen Fynn, Jarryd Paul, Cameron Reid, Tinotenda Takodza, Caleb Alexander, Alex Pillay, Jaden Hendrikse, Joe Jonas, Thamsanqa Kumalo, Neil Rock, Nikhil Prem, Andy Brawders, Kian van Zyl.
Hudson Park: Akhanya Rebe, Luke Dallas, Jason Niemand, Sinethemba Qeshile, Luvo Ntsekwa, Yikha Nonelela, Brad Mauer, Akhona Mnyaka, Andrew Everts, Babalo Nokele, Cameron MacKay, Raheem Moonieyan, Marc Hein.
Prestige College: Sibusiso Mothise, Kagiso Ngwenya, Thabang Baloyi, Thabo Motaung, Pako Segopolo, Polite Shingange, Dail Booyens, Sydney Maluleka, Ntsako Mushwana, Mbongeni Kaba, Thuso Dithake, Sithembiso Mothise, Gontse Phuthi, Timothy Morare Tumelo Banda, Mpho Mashisha.
Selborne College: Matthew Ferrant, Josneil Long, Matt Dewar, Jason Raubenheimer, Dylan Deetlefs, Aiden van Wyk, Stuart Els, Sebastian Denilson-Brown, Thomas Bursey, Tristan Alexander, Christian Schluter, Dean Lones.
St. Andrews (Bloemfontein): Garnett Tarr, Janrich Viljoen, Gerald Coetzee, Calvin Flanegan, Calvin King, Ruan Cronje, Pheko Moletsane, Marx de Villiers, Devon du Plessis, Henre Koekemoer, Franklin Damons, Corne Viljoen, Reece van Staden.
St. Stithian’s College: Josh Richards, Matt Erasmus, Wandile Makwetu, Curtis Campher, Johan Mulder, Cameron Shekleton, JP Bloem, Mudiwa Chanakira, Craig Meier, Jason Knibbs, Tristan Brooks, Cameron Wilter, Joshua Hoffman.
Wynberg Boys’ High: Karl Vermeulen, Cedric Landers, Umar Anthony, Grant Martin, Brent Johnson, Matthew Mingo, Matthew de Villiers, Raees Carr, Ebrahim Samaai, Thando Ntini, Jason Alexander, Kyle Pluke.