Sacs happy with match win

2019-03-12 06:00
Matthew Klusenser of SACS sends down a delivery during the match between Rondebosch Boys u.19A and SACS u.19A

Matthew Klusenser of SACS sends down a delivery during the match between Rondebosch Boys u.19A and SACS u.19A

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Sacs Boys’ High School cricket players surprised themselves by getting far playing the Cobras franchise final of the 2019 Coca-Cola® Schools T20 Challenge tournament.

The learners from the Newlands school played in the Franchise finals in Paarl on Thursday 8 March and lost to Paarl Gimnasium.

“The boys won one and lost the main one. They just did not play well enough to make it to the national finals but I chose their one bowler to go to the national finals as one of our all-star players,” says the franchise’s spokesperson, Shawn Belluigi.

The opportunity came after Sacs won the Western Province Coca-Cola® Schools T20 Challenge played at Rondebosch Boys High School, on Saturday 23 February and Sunday 24 February.

Sacs captain Daniel Smith says: “We did extremely well to win the provincial finals since we are a team made up of Grade 10s and 11s.We do not have any matrics in the team.”

He says they have always struggled to beat Rondebosch Boys’ High and the win gave them satisfaction.

Daniel says they were looking forward to face the Franchise’s champions, Langenhoven Gimnasium.

Assistant Coach Brendan Kleynhans adds that they have never got this far before and they had to work even harder for the finals focussing on the specific skills for the T20 format like bowling out of the back of the hand, bowling at the end of the innings, shot selection and other techniques.

He also says they had to study the field and select best-suited players.

Kleynhans says sport is taken seriously at the school and is balanced with the academics.

“We need to create an all-round individual, so we do not focus on one or the other with academics taking a priority at the school, but sport is also very important to get kids fit and healthy, helping to release stress for the kids.”

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