Westville Boys’ beat Northwood to take T20 final

2014-03-01 00:00

WESTVILLE Boys’ High School’s Bruce Kerr lead from the front as his team won the regional final of the school’s T20 competition against Northwood at Kingsmead yesterday by 49 runs.

It looked good for Westville when Kerr won the toss, his first in the last six attempts, on a cloudless afternoon and opted for first strike. Openers Alex Whitelaw and Tyrone Koen got stuck into the Northwood bowlers from the start, Koen hitting three fours in the opening over from Northwood skipper Nazeer Jaffer.

Northwood got the breakthrough with the score on 19, Jaffer getting his fingertips to a straight drive from Whitelaw, the ball deflecting onto the stumps with Koen (16) backing up. Andrew Moon (4) was stumped thanks to some quick and smart glovework from Greg Wright and it took a third wicket partnership of 65 from Kerr (50) and Whitelaw (55) to see Westville through to 142-5.

Right-arm seamer Gavin Williams finished with 2-19 in three overs and fellow seamer Junaid Syed kept it tight, conceding only seven runs in his two overs.

Northwood had a nightmare start, crumbling to 13-4 before Jaffar (12) and Wright (26) added 39 for the fifth wicket, the only substantial resistance from Northwood. Tight fielding and bowling from Westville never allowed the Northwood batsmen to get going and they were all out in 18.1 overs for 93.

Westville right-arm quick Jesse Smit was the pick of the bowlers with 3-8 in his four overs, while Kerr’s spinners rewarded him with 2-21 in three overs. Koen finished with 2-12 and the other wicket-takers were Simon von Staden (1-12) and Blake Alston-Stewart (1-20). “We are disappointed as we never played to our gameplan and losing so many wickets upfront meant we were always up against it,” said Jaffar. “On the positive side, it was great to reach the final and get to play at Kingsmead. We have stuck with a consistent team and playing the final was reward for us after a 50-over season, which has not been great.”

Kerr, who was in Westville’s winning team last year, knows there is still Hilton College to overcome at the Pietermaritzburg Oval on Wednesday (March 5), in a repeat of last year’s match to decide who represents the Dolphins at the national finals in Potchefstroom later this month. “We have to keep going and win one more match before we can really celebrate,” he said. “My team played well from the first over on a consistent deck and thanks to all the coaches for the hard yards they have put in to make this happen.” Best bowler was Jesse Smit, best batsman Alex Whitelaw and Kerr was man of the match.

Scores in Brief

Westville 142-5 (Whitelaw 55, Kerr 50; Williams 2-19)

Northwood 93 (Wright 26; Smit 3-8)

Westville won by 49 runs.

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