A solid performance from South African u/19 all-rounder, Gerald Coetzee steered St. Andrews school to an emphatic 48-run win over Northern Cape High School to secure a spot in the Coca-Cola Schools T20 National Finals. The Bloemfontein-based school headed to the Diamond Oval, in Kimberley last week to face Northern Cape to fight for the spot in the national finals to represent the central franchise, the Knights, at the nationals.
St. Andrews made the franchise finals after defeating neighbours, Grey College, a week prior. Despite a slow start to the match, losing an early wicket, the Saints, who won the toss and elected to bat first, redeemed themselves thanks to a 123-run (87balls) partnership between Coetzee and Garnett Tarr to set a target of 189. In reply, Northern Cape got off to solid start, reaching 93 runs for three, but their joy was short-lived when Coetzee - the ICC World XI star - claimed three wickets to place them at 106/6, eventually restricting the hosts to 139/9. The National tournament will be in Pretoria from 16-18 March at the University of Pretoria, in Gauteng's Capital City.