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Cole Francis and St John’s end Boishaai’s clean HJS Fest record

By Willem Louw , in Cricket | Featured Cricket | News , at 2024-01-14 Tags: , ,

Cole Francis (Courtesy of St John’s College)

Cole Francis and his St John’s College cohorts tripped up Paarl Boys’ High on the final day of the HJS Festival, costing the Paarl powerhouse a perfect record at this year’s event, while the visitors return home with a 100 percent win rate.

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Boishaai, who had looked unstoppable in their first three games, were shaken early on in Sunday’s showdown, losing two wickets before the end of the third over.

Dian van der Westhuizen (32) and Gideon du Toit (22) offered some resistance for the home side, but it was Cole Francis’ day as the Saints’ stalwart knocked over four wickets before leading the way at the crease with a crucial 41 not out.

Francis was exceptional for the Johannesburg school throughout, capturing an outstanding 15 wickets in their four matches.

The team’s success also had plenty to do with their captain, Joe Macrobert, whose astute leadership played a big part in his side’s winning ways.

With the victory, St John’s ended their campaign with an unblemished record. They demonstrated an ability to rise to the occasion when the pressure was on and appear to be a well-balanced outfit, primed to make more noise in 2024.

Cornwall Hill College left it to the very last moments to secure a win against Curro Durbanville.

After the locals mustered only 130/9, Cornwall Hill were well served by an exemplary performance from Lethabo Phahlamohlaka, who scored an unbeaten 56 from 44 deliveries. Still, by the start of the final over, they weren’t quite over the line yet, but they scraped home with only two deliveries left in the match.

Meanwhile, Westville Boys’ High outmuscled Somerset College, with Seth Simpson carving out a phenomenal undefeated 71 runs off of only 30 balls.

Nicandro Kistna also sparkled with an impactful 67, Max Robertson weighed in with 42, and Roxton Payne added the finishing touches at the end of the Griffin’s innings, slashing an unbeaten 31 from a mere 10 deliveries.

The locals then had no answer to Sekou Shangase, who dismissed five Somerset batsmen for just 24 runs.

Diamantveld ended their festival on a high against Hoërskool Bellville. After posting 138/8, the Kimberley team’s bowlers wrecked the locals’ line-up, sending them back to the changing room for a paltry 42.

Luhan de la Rey, who was at the forefront of Diamantveld’s success during the event, spearheaded their attack with figures of 3/6. His teammates chipped in, too, with some impressive contributions.

Kaiden van Wyk bowled only one over, but he bagged the last two wickets to fall before Bellville had faced even half of their overs.

Noordheuwel appeared to be in serious trouble when they limped to only 85 all out against Stellenberg, but Ruan Strauss‘ 4/4 saw them easily defend their slender total.

Summarised Scorecards, Day Four (T20)

Paarl Boys’ High 118 (Dian van der Westhuizen 32, Gideon du Toit 22; Cole Francis 4/20, Alec Loveland 2/11, David Ireland 2/16); St John’s College 119/6 (Cole Francis 41*, Joe Macrobert 29, Thomas Ievers 20; Gideon du Toit 2/29). St John’s College won by four wickets.

Westville Boys’ High 239/3 (Seth Simpson 71*, Nicandro Kistna 67, Max Robertson 42, Roxton Payne 31*; Alexia Kontopirakis 2/32); Somerset College 98 (Chad Ayford 42; Sekou Shangase 5/24, Seth Simpson 2/11, Heath Stott 2/14). Westville Boys’ High won by 141 runs.

Curro Durbanville 130/9 (Reece Bald 34, Dean Huesmann 29; Oliver Richards 5/21); Cornwall Hill College 131/6 (Lethabo Phahlamohlaka 56*, Tshepo Molete 35; Caleb Jonkers 3/15). Cornwall Hill College won by four wickets.

Diamantveld 138/8 (Daniel van der Merwe 46, Luhan de la Rey 26, Kaiden van Wyk 23; Chris Roets 3/23, Christiaan Oosthuizen 2/18); Hoërskool Bellville 42 (André Bernhardt 22; Luhan de la Rey 3/6, Simon Liversage 3/19, Daniel van der Merwe 2/15, Kaiden van Wyk 2/1). Diamantveld won by 96 runs.

Noordheuwel 85 (Ethan Smith 25; Michael Amoedo 3/11, JJ Rothman 2/7, Lohann Pretorius 2/13); Stellenberg 46 (Roux Wasserman 15; Ruan Strauss 4/4, Damian Hopkins 2/11). Noordheuwel won by 39 runs.

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