A lot to play for in final round

There’s still everything to play for four of the six franchise teams playing on the final day of the Coca-Cola Schools T20 national tournament in Stellenbosch on Sunday, with the race for places in the final on Sunday afternoon still wide open.

Going into the final round of pool games on Sunday morning, Grey College, representing the Knights, and Menlo Park of the Titans are joint log leaders on 13 points, with Hilton College (Dolphins) lying third on 10 and St Andrew’s of the Warriors fourth on nine.

Grey and Menlo Park meet in their final league game on Sunday morning, with the winner there booking their place in the final later in the day.

There are some interesting permutations as far as the other final slot is concerned. Hilton and St Andrew’s meet in the morning and, depending on bonus points earned in that game, either of them could still go through ahead of the loser of the Grey v Menlo Park game.
The second day’s play on Saturday was cold and blustery, and characterised by low-scoring matches.

There were some upsets too – Lions representative, Potchefstroom Volkskool became the first side to lower the colours of high-riding Grey College, in the morning while St Andrew’s successfully defended a total of just 89 against Paarl Boys’ High (Cobras).

In the afternoon matches, Hilton bounced back from a heavy defeat to Menlo Park earlier on to beat Paarl Boys’ High, and Grey College, after being restricted to just 100 by St Andrew’s , proceeded to bowl them out for 84 to stake their claim for a final spot.

Sunday’s morning’s other game, between Potch Volkskool and Paarl Boys’ High, will determine who the wooden spoonists are.

Sunday’s fixtures are: Titans v Knights, Dolphins v Warriors, Lions v Cobras.

Summarised scores

Saturday Morning

Titans (Menlo Park) 162/4 (Mmako 44, Snyman 62, Erasmus 20; Yeats 2/18).Dolphins (Hilton) 134/8 (Curtis 26, Jewels 24, Morris 36; Erasmus 2/25, Viljoen 3/16). Menlo Park won by 28 runs.

Lions (Potchefstroom Volkskool) 130/5 (Von Abo 31, Dreyer 25; Van Schlakwyk 44, Swanepoel 2/18). Grey College (Knights) 126/6 (Crowther 3/27). Potchefstroom won by four runs.

St Andrew’s (Warriors) 89/8 (Lane 18, Benjamin28; Pretorius 3/16). Paarl Boys’ High (Cobras) 85 (Kotze 24; Norval 2/24, Feguson 2/1, Quarnby 3/10). St Andrew’s won by four runs.

Saturday Afternoon

Menlo Park 112.7 (Viljoen 30, Foxcroft 47; Van Schalkwyk 4/26; Louw 2/10, Crowther 2/12). Potchefstroom Volkskool 104/7 (Louw 45, Crowther 23; Britz 2/15, Viljoen 2/19).Menlo Park won by 13 runs.

Grey College 100/7 (Potgieter 27, Van Tonder 33; Norval 4/15). St Andrew’s 84 (Phillips 34; Visser 2/5, Nel 2/21; Durrow 3/21). Grey won by 16 runs.

Hilton 157/8 (Morris 38, Dahl 30, Bosch 28; Grobler 4/34). Paarl Boys’ High 123/9 (Van Lingen 53; Lauryssen 4/27, Bosch 3/21, Dahl 2/11). Hilton won by 34 runs.