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Sunday, 20 February 2011 14:18



(Stellenbosch 20 February 2011) Titans representative Hoërskool Waterkloof and Knights team Hoërskool Noordkaap went through to the final of the Standard Bank Schools Pro20 Challenge in Stellenbosch on Sunday after both beat established cricket schools in their third round matches on Sunday morning.

Waterkloof, who were trailing King Edward VII School (KES) by two points after the first two rounds of matches, thrashed Grey High (Warriors) by seven wickets, with six overs and five balls to spare, to earn a second bonus point.  This put them at the top of the log, with six points.

Waterkloof won the toss and sent Grey in to bat.  Grey struggled to get runs, losing wickets at regular intervals, and made a paltry 94/7 in their 20 overs.  Only Jaycin Snyman (23) and gwcr1hua Dippenaar (30*) were able to get any meaningful runs, as Waterkloof kept a tight rein on proceedings.  Jovaun van Wyngaart and Ruben Claassen were the pick of the bowlers, with Claassen taking 2/11 in four overs, and Van Wyngaart 2/21 in four.

Chasing a very moderate target of 95 for victory, Waterkloof raced to victory in 13.1 overs, despite Grey getting an early breakthrough when Solomonzi Nqeni bowled Waterkloof captain Frederik Andersen in the second over for five. Cloete Buitenbach made 34 off 23 balls, hitting three fours and a six, and Van Wyngaart made 21 off 17.

Noordkaap, who have proved themselves giant killers by twice beating one of South Africa's best-known sports schools, Grey College, to reach the finals, showed no fear of Jacques Kallis's old school, Wynberg Boys High, representing the Cape Cobras.  They made an impressive 149/6, after winning the toss and choosing to bat.  Xanders Pitchers and Sergio Arends got them off to a good start with an opening partnership of 40 before Pitchers went out for six.  Patrick Kruger top scored for Noordkaap with 46 off 34 balls, including two fours and three sixes.

Noordkaap then bowled Wynberg out for 119, with three overs and two balls to spare.  Dalton Kannemeyer, who smashed five fours and three sixes on his way to making 46 off 24 balls, made a valiant effort to stem the tide, but the Northern Cape team was relentless.  Their bowling was tight and their fielding excellent.  GM Bruwer took two wickets for 10 runs off four overs and Aiden Brooker 2/10 off 2.2 overs. Noordkaap also effected two four run outs, as the Cobras team appeared to lose their heads. Noordkaap won by 30 runs.

Graeme Smith's old school, KES, representing the Highveld Lions, had appeared unstoppable but the wheels came off when they met a fired-up Maritzburg College, who were the Dolphins representative.  KES, sent in to bat, set off at a cracking pace, with Quinton de Kock flaying the Maritzburg attack.  He made 47 off 27 balls, with five boundaries and three sixes. By the end of the 10th over, KES were on 83/4 and appeared to be heading for a massive total.

But Maritzburg fought back, and the KES wickets began to tumble. By the end of 20 overs, KES had made 123/9.

Timothy Guise-Brown took 3/24 in four overs, while Daryn Dupavillon (2/13 off four overs) and Kewan Harries (2/8 off four) were miserly in the extreme.

KES needed to dismiss Maritzburg for 98 to earn a bonus point and qualify for the final, but with nothing to lose, Maritzburg raced to 127/5 with 26 balls to spare. Captain Calvin Savage made an unbeaten 52 off 44 balls, while Stefan Ungerer blasted four fours and three sixes on his way to 46 off 23 deliveries. Maritzburg - last year's runners-up, earned a bonus point from their victory, and finished on equal terms with KES, with five points each.

Waterkloof finished top of the log, with six points.  Noordkaap earned four points, Wynberg two, and with no victories, Grey failed to earn any.

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