Free State Cricket Union (FSCU) CEO Johan van Heerden hailed St. Andrews' performance at the Schools T20 Challenge after recently clinching the title with a win over Hilton in the final. The local school, representing the Knights franchise, walked away with a six-wicket victory in an intriguing clash played at Tuks in Pretoria. Van Heerden said the achievement proved why the local school is regarded as the best cricket school in the Free State. "They’ve been the best cricketing school in the Free State for a couple years now, and fully deserve the credit for this achievement," he said.
He added: "The drive and passion shown by coach Gregg Hobson has made this possible and once again it's evident that structures and hard work pay off.""St. Andrews has also achieved the honour of qualifying as a Cricket South Africa Blue Chip School and this clearly indicates their commitment to Cricket. It's understandable that FSCU has decided to reward St. Andrews financially for this fantastic achievement," concluded Van Heerden.
Chasing the scoreline of 123 after Hilton batted first, the local side achieved 126/4 thanks to a solid performance from Garnett Tarr (44) and Ruan Cronje (65 not out). St Andrews' Henre Koekemoer was named the Bowler of the tournament in the individual awards. St. Andrews qualified for the National Finals after defeating Northern Cape High in their Franchise Final in Kimberley last month, following a solid performance against their rivals, Grey College, to seal a Franchise Final spot.
The seventh edition of the schools challenge took place over the weekend as schools represented various cricket franchises. Teams were divided in two pools, playing three round-robin games. King Edward VII (Lions), Graeme (Coastal focus school), Grey High (Warriors) and St. Alban (Titans) made the first pool while the other pool contained the St. Andrews (Knights), Rondebosch High (Cobras), Hilton (Dolphins) and Prestige College (Inland focus school).