Durban heavyweights advance to Schools T20 Challenge provincial semis

Glenwood High School, Durban High School, Clifton College and Kearsney College have all booked their spot in the semi-finals of the provincial phase of the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge, the country’s foremost Under-19 schools cricket tournament.

The past seven weeks have seen KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union affiliated schools, hubs and composite teams battling it out during the first, and then second, group stages with the ultimate goal of winning their respective pools and advancing through to the provincial semi-finals and final.

There is plenty on the line during the upcoming knock-out fixtures as the winner of KZNCU’s provincial final will then square off against their KZN Inland equivalent for the right to represent the Sunfoil Dolphins franchise at the tournament’s national finals in 2016.

Glenwood’s journey to the semi-finals has already been an eventful one after the central Durban side’s first group stage loss to Clifton saw them relegated to second place on the log and out of the table-topping automatic qualification positions.

Finishing the initial phase as the best runner-up across all eleven pools did however secure them a spot in the second group stage with a 94-run win over Grantleigh – Jean Fourie leading the charge with 80 not out – and victory over Ashton College earning them the top spot in Group A.

DHS and Northwood were locked in a two-way tussle for supremacy of Group B after both claimed victories over Crawford La Lucia in their first of two second group stage fixtures.

In the end though, DHS toppled their Durban North rivals to propel themselves to top of the table and into the next round.

Drawing confidence from their first group stage victory over Glenwood, Clifton eased to a 53-run victory over fellow Group C contenders Westville Boys’ High School – Matthew Montgomery and William Masojada contributing 80 and 64 with the bat respectively – before overcoming Umzinto to top the table.

Upper Highway outfit Kearsney were put under the least pressure during their route to the first knockout phase as they managed to avoid being drawn alongside any of their fellow Durban-based majors, their wins over Orient Islamic and Umlazi Hub seeing them through comfortably.

The draw for the composition and venues of the two provincial semi-finals will take place at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead’s Annex at 15h00 on Monday, 30 November 2015 with the fixtures scheduled for Monday, 25 January 2016 with the provincial final to be played at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, the home of the Sunfoil Dolphins, at 13h00 on Friday, 29 January.