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Waterkloof to face Rondebosch in North-South T20 semifinal

By Franco Oberholzer , in Cricket | News , at 2023-10-14

PHOTO: Justin Waldman Sports Photography

Rondebosch Boys’ High booked their place in the semi-final of the Westvaal North-South T20 Tournament with a convincing victory over old rivals SACS on Saturday.

Noah Heath led the way with a well-constructed 86 from 60 deliveries, while Declan Gillespie delivered the aggression for his side, taking just 42 balls for his 77. Those two big knocks enabled Bosch to total a challenging 200/3.

Fayaad Davids shone with the ball for SACS, producing an impressive return of 2/22.

Unfortunately for SACS, their batting woes of Friday continued as they stumbled out of the gate, losing wickets at regular intervals. It was Davids, once again, to the rescue for SACS as he cracked a blistering 54 from 25 balls. Litha Kaai also chipped in with a well-played 39 lower down the order.

SACS, though, were dismissed for 148, leaving them 52 runs shy of the Rondebosch total.

Waterkloof booked their spot in the semi-final against the Cape Town school after coming out on top against Potchefstroom Volkskool in a fixture that was a repeat of last year’s final.

The Klofie bowlers wrought early damage, with GJ de Swardt (3/13) and Ruan van der Vyver (3/16) combining for six wickets between them at a cost of only 29 runs.

Louis van Wyk (19, 15b) offered some resistance, but it wasn’t Volkies’ day as they were bundled out for a disappointing 92.

In pursuit of a low total, Waterkloof didn’t make it easy for themselves. However, a quickfire 23 from Wian Ruthven was exactly what the doctor ordered and the Klofies overhauled Volkskool with four wickets left standing.

Grey College also secured a spot in the final four with a 45-run victory over Hoërskool Centurion.

Opener Juan Viljoen produced an explosive and scarcely believable 55 from just 13 deliveries, at a staggering strike rate of 423, to power the Bloemfontein boys onto the front foot.

Adem Nieuwoudt also continued the onslaught, striking an impressive 75 not out from only 47 balls. Ruben Maree did his bit, too, weighing in with 52 to help Grey power their way to 220 for 4.

Centurion’s innings also got off to a blistering start, thanks to Charl Prinsloo‘s rapid 68 from 35 deliveries at the top of the order. However, most of the Centurion batsmen struggled to come to terms with the daunting required run rate. Divan van Tonder, though, contributed 42.

Unfortunately for the locals, it wasn’t enough. They were bowled out for 175, leaving Grey College the comfortable winners by 45 runs.

Summarised scorecards:

Rondebosch 200/3 (Noah Heath 82, Declan Gillespie 77; Fayaad Davids 2/22); SACS 148/10 (Fayyaad Davids 54, Litha Kaai 39, Josh van Wyngaardt 23; Gillespie 3/20, Graeme Engelbrecht 2/13). Rondebosch won by 52 runs.

Potchefstroom Volkskool 92/10 (Louis van Wyk 19; Ruan van der Vyver 3/16, GJ de Swardt 3/13); Waterkloof 95/6 (Wian Ruthven 23; Olefa Phadi 3/20, Diaan van der Merwe 2/25). Waterkloof won by four wickets.

Grey College 220/4 (Adem Nieuwoudt 75*, Juan Viljoen 55, Ruben Maree 52; Charl Prinsloo 2/44); Centurion 175/10 (Prinsloo 68, Divan van Tonder 42; Kamo Mokoena 3/40, Henru de Wet 2/19, Darion Rabie 2/22). Grey College won by 45 runs.

Other results:

Paarl Boys’ High 236/3 (Johan Wege 91, Dian van der Westhuizen 73, Christian Bourbon Leftley 45; Ethan Currin 1/31); Selborne College 165/6 (Currin 63*, Waden Plaatjies 51; Leftley 2/21, Aden Batt 2/27). Paarl Boys’ High won by 71 runs.

St Stithians 235/5 (Liam Mudenda 77, Lhuan-dre Pretorius 61, Emile Odendaal 30, Chris Anderson 31, Richard Seletswane 27; Connor Nel 3/50); St Andrews 168/10 (Jordan van der Berg 49, JC Young 37, Andre du Preez 21; Tahseen Hanslo 3/43, Seletswane 2/29, Ethan Jacobs 2/30, Pretorius 2/40). St Stithians won by 67 runs

Westville 150/9 (Max Robertson 50, Roxton Payne 26, Nicandro Kristna 21); Zander Nutt 4/30); Grey High 152/5 (Marco Giaconi 66, Xander Ellington 44; Daylan Boyce 1/30). Grey High won by five wickets.

Wynberg Boys’ High 211/5 (Divan Linde 62, Paul James 51, Xavier Garus 35, Ben Hansen 28; DW van Rooyen 2/19); Hoërskool Nelspruit 183/4 (Nathan Duncan 46, Jayden Meyer 45, Brendan Boucher 43, Dawico Kruger 24; Linde 3/31). Wynberg Boys’ won by 28 runs.



Franco Oberholzer
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