Hilton College managed to book their place in next week’s One Insurance Eston School T20 Night Series after coming out on top against Maritzburg College on Wednesday evening.
Maritzburg won the toss and decided to bat first. Looking to put up a competitive total for a strong Hilton batting line up the Maritzburg men went hard from the get-go, losing a few quick wickets in the process.
Ross Boast proved to be the dangerman for Hilton as the all-rounder claimed figures of 2/26 in his allotted four overs.
For Maritzburg it was Caleb Thomas who got his teams’ innings back on track with a splendid 57 including seven fours of only 46 deliveries at a strike rate of 126.
Thomas was well supported by Middle-order batter Bryan Brokensha, who contributed with a much-needed cameo of 33 of 31 balls to help his side to a total of 144/5 in their allotted 20 overs.
Hilton’s innings got off to a relatively slow start as they too lost some early wickets in their quest to reach the target of 145 needed for a place in the final.
Michael Gibson proved to be the main thorn in the side for Hilton’s top order claiming figures of 3/18 in his 4 overs.
With wickets falling around him, Charles Swart kept his composure and stepped up to the plate to make an unbeaten 60 of 50 deliveries. His teammate Ivan Jjuuko played an important supportive role as the middle order batter made 29 of 28 balls.
The pair’s contributions were deemed to be enough as Hilton chased down the required target in the 19th over to book a place in the final against either, Michaelhouse or St. Charles’ College, next week.
Maritzburg College 144/5 (Caleb Thomas 57, Bryan Brokensha 33; Ross Boast 2/26); Hilton College 148/4 (Charles Swart 60, Ivan Jjuuko 29; Michael Gibson 3/18). Hilton College won by six wickets.