Hat-trick of KZN T20 wins for Westville Boys’ High

2014-03-11 00:00

WESTVILLE Boys’ High School’s first cricket team, winners of the KZN Coastal final, met Hilton College, the Midlands champions, in the final of the KZN Provincial Schools’ T20 at Pietermaritzburg Oval last week.

It was a repeat of last year’s showdown at Kingsmead, where Westville sneaked home with an edged boundary off the final ball, and the lads from Durban were determined to go all the way and earn the right to represent the Dolphins at the national finals in Potchefstroom.

Having won the coastal final for three consecutive years, Westville were up against a Hilton side that had won the inland equivalent for the past two years.

It was a game for the taking for both sides and perhaps Westville felt more pressure as no school had won the provincial final for three consecutive years, Westville having won in 2012 and 2013.

If omens were anything to go by, the cards were lining up for Westville when captain Bruce Kerr won an important toss, his fourth on the trot, in cloudy conditions.

Being the final, he was keen to get the runs on the board and had no hesitation in asking his openers to pad up first on a tricky wicket making runs hard to come by.

It looked as though Kerr’s decision to bat had turned sour, as Hilton’s bowlers had Westville reeling at 62-5 with good line and length.

It took Andrew Moon, with 29 from 27 balls, and Jacques Bleeker, with 36 from 20 balls, to keep Westville afloat, seeing them through to 130-7.

Best of the bowlers was Amal Cook with 2-11 in two overs.

With Hilton’s strength in their batting, Westville had to keep their fielding and bowling tight and by using seven bowlers, they managed to bowl the Midlands champions out for the dreaded 111 to win by 19 runs.

Of the seven bowlers used by Westville, five were seamers, with Kerr and Ryan Coleman doing the spinning duties. Coleman, making his debut for Westville, was the surprise package, finishing with 4-17 in his four overs.

In tandem with Kerr, the spinners sent back six Hilton batsmen, Coleman a deserved man of the match. Only Ross Talmage (36) offered anything with the bat.

Westville join five fellow provincial winners for the national finals this weekend, from March 14 to 16.

Scores in brief

Westville 130-7 (Bleekers 36, Moon 29; Cook 2-11)

Hilton 111 (Talmage 36; Coleman 4-17)

Westville won by 19 runs.

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