Pro20 Challenge in provincial final stages, but not without problems

2010-02-16 00:00

THE Standard Bank-sponsored Schools Pro20 Challenge is entering the final stages of the provincial stage.

Open to all schools in the country, it will eventually culminate in a national winner.

In KwaZulu-Natal, Inland and KZN Coastal schools have been organised into small pools where they play one another. How each province decides on its eventual winner is left up to it and there is a slight difference between Inland and Coastal.

In the Coastal area all schools that entered play one another in designated pools, with the winners of each pool playing in a number of knockouts, ending in the eventual winner.

In the Inland area 47 schools originally entered and they were put into 12 different pools. By February 20, the winners of the midlands area will have played the winners between the East Griqualand pool and the Southern Districts pool.

The other match is between the winner of the Pietermaritzburg pool, which is Voortrekker, and the winners of two Northern KZN pools.

The winners of the midlands area and Southern KZN will then play the winners between the Pietermaritzburg area and Northern KZN.

It was mistakenly stated that Hilton and Maritzburg College had not entered the 20/20 competition as they were not involved in the early stages. They only come into the competition to play in the final Inland rounds.

Maritzburg College will then play the district winners, while St Charles will play against Hilton to determine one KZN Inland finalist. Then the finalist from the KZN Coastal will play the Inland winner on either March 6 or March 7.

The winner then goes into the franchise finals on March 20 with the final in early April.

However, what has not been carefully thought out is that the schoolboys are not professional sportsmen and the better cricket players will likely be playing either rugby or hockey in mid-March when the winter sport season begins.

This has potential problems, not only in this province, but countrywide.

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