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Hudson Park, Selborne lend footprint in CSA Coca Cola Schools T20 Challenge

BY MARC JACOBSON - APRIL 3, 2017
Hudson Park, Selborne lend footprint in CSA Coca Cola Schools T20 Challenge

Two Eastern Cape schools took part at the Cricket South Africa Coca Cola Schools T20 Challenge held at the University of Stellenbosch Cricket Oval from March the 24th until the 26th, as a part to establish the best cricketing schools on a national scale.

Eight schools took part, with each school representing the six CSA cricket franchises, as well as a northern and southern focused school respectively. Selborne College from East London represented the Warriors at the tournament and Hudson Park, also from EL, was the Southern Focus School representative.

Selborne were grouped in Pool A alongside St. Stithians College (Lions), Wynberg Boys’ High (Cobras) and Prestige College (Northern Focus School), while Hudson were grouped alongside St. Andrews School (Knights), Centurion (Titans) and Glenwood High (Dolphins) in Pool B.

Hudson, although losing one game out of their three, ended top of their Pool B and outlasted their fellow EL counterparts at the tournament. Their group loss came against Glenwood by 20 runs, where they fell short on 121/5, chasing down Glenwood’s target of 141/5 in their lot of 20.

South Africa U20 representative, Jason Niemand, however batted well scoring a styling 64.

Hudson were then convincing victors against Centurion by nine wickets with 48 balls to spare, as Niemand once again showed his prowess making 53 not out in the opening spell. Luke Dallas also batted well scoring 29.

With the ball, Nonelela Yikha bowled excellently taking 4/13 figures, backed by Niemand’s 3/9 as he showed his all-round versatility.

In their final pool encounter, Hudson then cruised to a 42-run win over St. Andrews School with Sinethemba Qeshile scoring 41 not out in their projection of 117/3.

Bradley Mauer (3/24) then bowled resiliently to restrict St. Andrews School to 75 all out.

In a narrow, hard-fought semi-final win, Hudson then scraped past Wynberg Boys’ by just one run to progress to the finals, after defending their total of 116/3, but only just. Qeshile again batted superbly with his score of 53 not out.

Managing to just defend their total in a nail-biter, Niemand achieved 3/21 bowling figures and Akhona Mnyaka 2/12 figures.

In the Final, Hudson met reigning Champions, St. Stithians, but were shown up against a class of a cricketing school by eight wickets. Unable to project any threatening total, Hudson set a meek total of 62 all out.

St. Stithians then chased it down with a wholesome 90 balls to spare with 66/2. Niemand and Mauer each took a wicket apiece.   

In Pool A, Selborne won one of their three respective matches, that coming against Prestige College by 68 runs. Selborne batted first and totalled 154/3 in their 20 allotted overs. Matt Dewar (62 not out) and Mathew Ferrant (57) top scored with the bat.

Getting Prestige all out for just 86, Aiden van Wyk bowled outstandingly, achieving 6/13 bowling figures. Selborne then went on to lose to Wynberg by 50 runs and to St. Stithians by 37 runs.

As a result, Selborne finished third in their group, meaning they were not able to qualify for the semi-finals.

In some notable performances, Stuart Els scored a stern 52 against Wyberg with the bat, and again smashing 38 off just 23 balls against St. Stithians. Josneil Long also backed Els up well against the Johannesburg school, making 28.

Then taking part in the Plate Final as the two third-placed sides in each pool, Selborne again slumped by a narrow four runs to Centurion. Sebastian Dennis-Brown bowled well, achieving 4/24 figures. In their chase, Long contributed swiftly making 39, while Dylan Deetlefs (36) and Jason Raubenheimer (29) backed him well up.

Image: Hudson Park 1st XI cricket posing for a team photograph.