Maritzburg throughto T20 final

2011-02-01 00:00

MARITZBURG College are through to the KZN T20 final after beating St Charles by 39 runs in the Inland final yesterday afternoon.

College ended on 150 for four in their 20 overs, with Calvin Savage making 50 not out off 24 balls and Gareth Orr weighing in with a 39-ball 33.

In reply, St Charles could only muster 111 for nine, with one player unable to bat after he was injured.

Maritzburg College and St Charles had won the two semi-final matches at the Maritzburg Oval on Sunday in the Standard Bank Schools National T20 competition.

Michaelhouse elected to bat, but the College bowlers and good fielding prevented the Balgowan boys from scoring at much more than five runs to the over. After the 20 overs they had only managed to reach 111 for four. Dean Stephen was not out for 37 scored off 44 balls.

In contrast, the College opening pair, with Stefan Ungerer particularly aggressive, added 51 for the first wicket off 36 balls to put College well in the ascendency. Ungerer departed after scoring 34 off 19. Kewan Harries went on more sedately to finish on an undefeated 38 off 46. He and Gareth Orr (23 off 37 balls) took College to a nine-wicket win in the 17th over.

Hilton batted steadily at about six an over to reach 129 for four against St Charles in the afternoon game. Tintswayo Mukansi mixed aggression with cautiousness to make 62 not out off 68 balls.

St Charles did not panic, and although behind in the required rate for the first 12 overs, gradually increased their rate to reach the target with five balls to spare. A vital dropped catch in the 19th over could have made a difference.

Dean Robinson scored 60 off 49 balls and Matthew Ford 43 off 35 balls. The latter was the player dropped, and with a new batsman at the crease for the last few balls, Hilton may have just saved the game.

Michaelhouse 111-4 (Stephen 37*)

M College 112-1 (Ungerer 34, Harries 38*)

College won by nine wkts

Hilton 129-4 (Mukansi 62*)

St Charles 132-2 (Robinson 60, Ford 43*)

St Charles won by eight wkts

In the Sunfoil Senior Schools 20/20 challenge held on Friday, Voortrekker beat Weston and Alexandra beat Carter.

They will contest the final this Friday at the Maritzburg Oval.

It was ironic that in Saturday’s matches Carter beat Alex and Weston beat Voortrekker

The Primary Schools Challenge will be between Laddsworth, who surprisingly beat St Charles Prep in a Super over after the scores were tied, and Merchiston who had beaten Pelham very easily. This game will precede the Senior schools final.

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