NC players in all-star team

2018-02-28 06:00
Reeza Alexander of the Northern Cape High School steps up to bat in his team’s match against St Andrew’s (Bloemfontein). Photos: Supplied

Reeza Alexander of the Northern Cape High School steps up to bat in his team’s match against St Andrew’s (Bloemfontein). Photos: Supplied

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Coca-Cola South Africa u.19 and ICC World XI all-rounder Gerald Coetzee led his team to victory as the Bloemfontein-based St Andrew’s defeated the Northern Cape High School to secure a spot in the Coca-Cola Schools T20 National Finals.

St Andrew’s made it to the franchise final after defeating their rivals, Grey College.

The team played a match against the Northern Cape High School at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Friday (23/02) and won.

St Andrew’s will therefore represent the central franchise, the Knights, in the Coca-Cola Schools T20 National Final.

St Andrew’s won the toss and elected to bat first. After losing Henre Koekemoer to an early wicket, Gerald went on to the crease to join Garnet Tarr.

Their partnership of 123 runs from 87 balls (ten fours and five sixes) gave the bowlers and fielders a hard time. Northern Cape High finally had a breakthrough when Jaun Mpofu took Gerald out for 71 runs from 50 balls (seven fours and four sixes).

Shortly after Gerald’s fall, Garnett was dismissed by Mason Zacharea for 53 runs from 39 balls (four fours and one six). Pheko Moletsane also came to the show and was unbeaten at the end of the innings for 32 (not out) from 13 balls (four fours and one six).

St Andrew’s set a target of 188.

The hosts started on a good foot as they were 98/3, but things took a turn when they lost 3 wickets to Gerald’s last over (consisting of 2 runouts and a caught behind wicket) thereby taking them to 103/6.

Reeza Alexander of Northern Cape High did not give up without a fight, as he managed to score 58 from 51 balls for his team. Northern Cape High ended their innings on 140/9.

St Andrew’s won by 48 runs.

Tournament ambassador and Protea batsman, Temba Bavuma, was impressed by Reeza’s resilience.

Reeza was included in Coca-Cola T20 All-Star team to take on a Cricket South Africa Development Hub team at the national finals.

“I’m a little disappointed that we lost today, as we worked very hard to get here, but I’m also very excited to get another opportunity from Coca-Cola to go to the national finals and showcase my talent,” said Reeza.

Mason, Northern Cape’s left arm spinner, showed great control and responsibility during pressure situations and also earned himself a spot in the Coca-Cola T20 All-Star team.

“It feels great to be selected by someone like Temba Bavuma. I can’t wait to meet the other players in the all-star team. I’m looking forward to making new friends,” said Mason.

Reeza and Mason join Matthew Montgomery and Simon Holmes of Clifton College in the Coca-Cola T20 All-Star team.

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