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Seletswane shines but Johnny Waite final heads for a Sunday replay

By Alex Ralston , in Cricket | Featured Cricket | News , at 2024-03-03 Tags: , , ,

St Johns College captain Joe MacRobert.

The Johnny Waite T20 Final on Saturday -between Stithians College and St John’s College – ended with the weather having the final say as the match was abandoned after only 14.2 overs had been played, with Saints powering their way to 115/3 in that time.

Opening batsman and South African u19 star, Richard Seletswane, took to the St John’s attack with relish, scoring 60 runs from 42 balls, which included three fours and four sixes. He was still at the crease when the storm rolled in.

Seletswane opened the Saints’ innings with his SA u19 teammate and rising star, Kwena Maphaka, who was sent up the order to give the ball a good whack. He weighed in with 14 runs from 12 balls, but David Ireland then rattled his timber to send him on his way.

Before the premature end to the contest, Alec Loveland was pick of the St John’s bowlers, capturing an economical 1/15 from three overs.

The unfortunate timing of the thunderstorm meant the match would have to be played from the start at Wits University on Sunday.

Earlier, on Saturday, both teams were in semi-final action, playing for a place in the title-decider later in the day.

Semi-final 1:

In a tight affair, St John’s College took on Jeppe High School for Boys and recorded a narrow three-run victory after successfully defending a low total of 111 all out.

After a solid 47-run opening partnership from Joe MacRobert (29, 14b) and Nkosana Sibiya (28, 25b), the St John’s middle order collapsed, as five wickets went down in the space of four overs.

Luke Cannon and Chris Elston shared seven wickets between them to undo the good work done by the St John’s opening pair. Left-arm spinner Sipho Potsane also bowled well, picking up 2/14 from his four overs, after taking the new ball responsibilities.

Chasing a moderate total, Jeppe would have fancied their chances, but they struggled against an energetic effort from St John’s in the field. Aiden Reyenke struck a valiant 38 runs from 30 balls, which included three sixes and two fours, but there was little meaningful support for the number three batsman.

Cole Francis was outstanding for St John’s at the death, conceding only eight runs from his last two overs, with the final over going for only three, which made the crucial difference in a hard-fought battle.

Semi-final 2

St Stithians College cruised to a 64-run win after posting 155/2 in their match against King Edward VII (KES). Richard Seletswane starred with 77 not out from 56 balls, which included three fours and four sixes.

He rode his luck after being caught off a no-ball, and the KES mood was dampened further when Emile Odendaal (31, 31b) was dropped on 15.

Callum Ritchie nabbed 1/27 from his four overs and was, by far, the pick of the bowlers.

In their reply, KES struggled to build any sort of momentum after finding themselves in trouble on 19/3 before the end of the powerplay. Kwena Mapaka kept KES locked down, going for only four runs from his two overs up front.

Joshua Meyer delivered a decisive return for Saints, picking up 3/16 from his four overs, which included a number of key batsmen in the KES middle order, and that served to further dial up the pressure on their run chase.

Afterwards, KES coach Vincent Jordaan, commenting on the spilled opportunities, which would have seen Seletswane and Odendaal dismissed, said: “In big games you need to win those moments.”



St Stithians College 115/3 from 14.2 overs (Richard Seletswane 60*, David Ireland 1/13, Alec Loveland 1/15) Match abandoned.

Semi-Final 1

St Johns College 111/10 (Joe MacRobert 29, Nkosana Sibiya 28, Luke Cannon 4/19, Chris Elston 3/13, Sipho Potsane 2/14); Jeppe High School for Boys 108/8 (Aiden Reyneke 38; David Ireland 2/13, Malan Du Plessis 2/39) St Johns College won by 3 runs. 

Semi-Final 2

St Stithians College 155/2 (Richard Seletswane 77*, Emile Odendaal 31*; Callum Ritchie 1/27); King Edward VII 91/9 (Khwezi Nyamathe 24; Joshua Meyer 3/16, Ethan Jacobs 2/18) St Stithians won by 64 runs.

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