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St Charles College reign superior in the One Insurance Eston Night league

By Franco Oberholzer , in Cricket | News , at 2023-09-18

St Charles College managed to claim superiority in the shortest format of the game among the schools in the Inlands of Kwazulu-Natal by beating Hilton College in the One Insurance Eston T20 Night League Final.

Saints won the toss and elected to bat first. Looking to put Hilton under early pressure, the Saints got off to a busy start with Cian Fortmann leading the way with a well-played 32 of 35 deliveries.

The St. Charles batters got off to good starts but couldn’t quite kick on until Ntando Zuma strode to the crease.

Zuma kept showing his class as the top-order batter put together a mature innings of 51 of 46 deliveries as he made life difficult for the Hilton bowlers seemingly struggling to hit their straps.

Brett Cutting proved to be the dangerman for Hilton claiming figures of 1/23 in his allotted four overs.

Hilton’s innings got off to a brisk start as they set off in search of the 150 required for victory. Ivan Lockom showed why he is regarded as one of the best in Kwazulu-Natal scoring at a strike rate of 142 for his remarkable 57 of only 40 balls.

Lockem found support in the form of the exceptional all-rounder Ross Boast, who contributed 47 of 34 balls.

With Hilton well on their way to victory, St. Charles needed something special to edge out their counterparts, and special it was. Nathan Beaumont put his hand with the ball to claim remarkable figures of 5/9 in his allotted four overs. Beaumont’s exceptional spell proved to be the changing point as it helped his side to a narrow four-run victory to be crowned champions.

Summarised scorecard:

St Charles College 149/4 (Ntando Zuma 51, Cian Fortmann 32; Brett Cutting 1/23); Hilton College 145/9 (Ivan Lockem 57, Ross Boast 47; Nathan Beaumont 5/9). St Charles College won by four runs.

Franco Oberholzer
error: Sorry ol' chap, those shenanigans are not permissible.