Spin twins help Westville go to SA Schools T20

2012-02-04 00:00

THE KZN final of the schools T20 competition took place at the Oval yesterday afternoon. Westville represented Coastals after beating Northwood in their final and College represented Inland after beating Michaelhouse in that final.

It was not College’s day as they lost their right to represent the Dolphins at the National Schools T20 competition.

College elected to field first and they allowed Westville to get a good start after the latter had lost a wicket in the second over from a direct throw from Sohail Mahmoud. Some misfields allowed Westville the extra few runs and they reached 93 in the 14th over before they lost their next wicket, the third. Luke Schlemmer was run out in the 16th over for 62 off 41 balls and thereafter it was a wicket an over as Westville lost four for the addition of just 18 runs.

Daryn Dupavillon, Tim Guise-Brown and Karl Hillermann each captured two wickets. Westville reached 120 for nine, a target that looked reachable.

College started well, reaching a rate of over seven to the over, but then Westville got on top and with the big hitters out it was a bridge too far against the spin twins Kyle Simmonds and Schlemmer. In the last four overs it was 11 runs to the over required and then with just one wicket in hand they needed 25 off the last over. Westville eventually won by 23 runs as College were all out from the first ball of the last over for 97 runs.

Brendan Harstlief and Simmonds took two wickets apiece.

For the first time in three years Westville will represent the Dolphins at the finals in Potchefstroom at the end of the month. College have been the Dolphins’ representatives for the last two years. A superb effort with both bat and ball earned Schlemmer the man of the match award.

Score in brief: Westville 120-9 (Schlemmer 62). M College 97 (Gordon 3/12, Schlemmer 3/12). Westville won by 23 runs.

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