The KZN Coastals region has reached the business end of the 2014/15 Coca-Cola Schools Twenty20 competition with Thursday afternoon seeing the draw for the regional semi-finals take place at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead.
After a preliminary round involving over 120 schools, numbers have been whittled down throughout the first group and second group phases with just four teams now remaining in the Coastal section of the province’s premier T20 competition.
Representatives from Westville Boys’ High School, Durban High School, Kearsney College and Glenwood High School were in attendance for the draw with everyone eager to find out who their opponents will be and where the semi-final clashes will take place.
In the end three time provincial champions Westville drew themselves against the Green Machine – Glenwood – at Glenwood on while Kearsney will play host to DHS.
The Westville/Glenwood clash will take place on Tuesday 27 January with the other regional semi-final set to unfold the following day. Play gets underway at 14h30 on both days.
“The four premier cricketing schools from Durban have made it through to the knock-out phase so we’re looking forward to some good, competitive clashes in the semi-finals,” said KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union’s Amatuer Manager, Jay Naidoo.
“Westville have won the provincial competition for the past three years so I’m sure they will be hoping to achieve similar heights again this year however they have lost a lot of their old guard from the previous season and so the competition is wide open.
“As we all know, T20 cricket is also all about match winners and whichever team plays better on the day so I’m sure all four sides will consider themselves contenders at this stage.
“This is also an opportunity for the kids to showcase themselves in this popular form of the game and hopefully it will aid in our talent identification processes as well,” he added.
The winners of the KZN Coastals regional semi-finals will them meet in the regional final, which takes place at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Monday 2 February at 13h00, with the winner of that clash then squaring off against the winning finalist of the KZN Inland region at Chatsworth Oval on Friday 6 February at 13h00 for overall provincial honours.
The eventual provincial victors are then sent to the national tournament later in the year where they will present the province and take on the top schools from each of the other franchises.