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Sunday, 19 February 2012 21:52

Boishaai T20 Champions!

 

After 600 teams had fallen by the wayside in the Cricket South Africa Schools T20 Challenge it was left to the country’s top six teams to battle it out to claim the title as T20 champs!

t20Westville Boys’ High, Nelspruit High, Paarl Boys’, Potchefstroom Gim, Northern Cape High and Grey High slugged it out and put on a display of amazing talent.

However it was clear from the start that there was on team, Paarl Boys High that was simply a cut above the rest and would go on to be the nemesis of all who faced them as they bludgeoned their way to claim the title.

 

Boishaai who progressed to the finals without losing a single match, went on to crush Northern Cape who for the second year in a row had to play bridesmaid and settle for second spot.

Northern Cape got off to a decent enough start after winning the toss and choosing to take first strike. However they soon found themselves struggling to come to grips with the tight line and length of the Boishaai bowlers who proceeded to strangle them into submission. Wickets tumbled regularly preventing Northern Cape building up any momentum, and save for Xander Pitchers who slapped 40 runs off 36 balls there was little for them to cheer about.

 

Darren Papier bowled brilliantly in his spell to pick up three sticks for a miserly 16 runs and he was well supported by Jean-Luc du Plessis, son of Springbok great Carel du Plessis, who took two for 21.

At the end of 20 overs Northern Cape had posted a less than competitive score of 120/9 and it was never going to be enough against a team that had already shown that they had the firepower to chase down far bigger targets.

 

Still Northern Cape caused havoc in the beginning of Paarl Boy’s innings when first Marcke Cilliers departed cheaply and then GM Bruwer took a blinder to dismiss Hanno Kotze. Panic seemed to set in and with the rain clouds looming Paarl slipped behind the Duckworth/Lewis total. Finally in the eighth over, the heavens opened stopping the match with Paarl teetering at 53/4 and still needing 60 runs to win.

 

The rain only lasted a few moments and the short break seemed to ignite Boishaai into action and the runs began to flow. Nelis van Rensburg, who would go on to take the Man of the Match award, ended with an unbeaten 51 runs off 43 balls as Northern Cape struggled to plug the gaps and were unable to prevent Boishaai reaching the target with nine balls to spare.

“It means so much to us,” said Paarl captain Eddie Schutte. “We’re traditionally a rugby school, and it is wonderful to show what we can do in cricket as well. We reached the regional finals in 2010 and 2011, so we were overjoyed when we got to the national finals this year.

“Our headmaster promised us that if we won the tournament, the prize money will be used to develop indoor nets at the school – and our photo will be on the wall.”

Northern Cape captain Rosier said his players were deeply disappointed to have lost the final for the second time, but he conceded that they had not scored enough runs.

 

 

“Paarl kept things very tight – we were aiming for 160, and we knew it was going to be a struggle. But I’m very proud of the way we played, and I can assure you that Northern Cape High will be back next year.”

He said his school would use the prize money to develop turf nets.

 

Paarl Boys High won a total of R100 000 and Northern Cape R60 000. Hanno Kotze, who was the leading run scorer for the tournament, was named Man of the Series.

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