St Stithians won the 2014 Coca-Cola Schools T20 title, beating Waterkloof by nine wickets in the final at The University of Pretoria on Sunday. This is not only the first time the Lions has won this tournament, but the first time they have played in the final.
They were the only team to go through the tournament unbeaten after beating Grey College by 63 runs in their final pool game on Sunday morning to win all five matches in the round-robin phase of the competition. Their victory in the final was their second over Waterkloof, having beaten them by 49 runs when they met on the first day.
Waterkloof were bowled out for 75 in the 18th of their 20 allocated overs, with St Stithians spinner, Connor Beauchamp doing most of the damage, taking 3/12 in his four overs. Fast bowlers, Brandon Glover (2/11) and Nicholas Scholtz (2/4) also weighed in.
Saints needed just 11 overs to reach the total. Ricardo Vasconcelos was 42 not out in the end (off 33 balls). He was well supported by Marques Ackerman, who was with him on 20 when the game ended.
Glover was named man of the match in the final, and the award for player of the tournament went Kingswood College’s Marcus Lombard who made 237 runs in his five innings, at an average of 79.
Westville Boys’ High’s Alexander Whitelaw made 108 in his side’s loss to Kingswood on Sunday morning – the fourth century of the weekend. Saints’ Ryan Rickelton, Evan Jones of Waterkloof and Kingswood’s Marco Lombard were the other centurions. St Stithians walked off with R110 000 in all for their efforts in the tournamemt.
Final – Waterkloof 75 (Vorstman 27; Beauchamps 3/12, Glover 2/11, Scholtz 2/4). St Stithians 78/1 (Vasconcelos 42 not out, Ackerman 20 not out). St Stithians won by nine wickets.
Morning games – St Stithians College 157/9 (Mulder 62; Swanepoel 3/27). Grey College 94/9 ( (Beauchamp 2/18, Ackerman 2/16). St Stithians won by 63 runs
Westville Boys High School 201/5 (Whitelaw 108, Kerr 59; Hertz 3/39). Kingswood College 202/4 (Kruger 42, Haller 40, Lombard 86). Kingswood won by 6 wickets (with 1 ball remaining).
Waterkloof 190/3 (Jones 87, Ludick 42). Wynberg Boys’ High School 63 (Grobler 4/6). Waterkloof won by 127 runs.
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