The Oakhill School from Knysna caused a major upset on Friday when they defeated Outeniqua by 7 wickets to be crowned the SWD Schools Twenty/20 champions for 2015/16.
Oakhill, who is coached by former Dolphin and SWD fast bowler, David Pryke, who won the trophy for the first time smartly, outmanoeuvred the favourites – Outeniqua – as the winning target was reached with 27 balls to spare and seven wickets in hand.
Outeniqua, who batted first, posted 132/6 in their allotted 20 overs Armen Kidae (46*; 37 balls, 1×6; 3×4) the top runs scorer. In their run chase a seventy-one runs partnership for the third wicket between Simkelo Mvimbi (53; 50 balls, 5×4) and Scott Armstrong (33*; 38 balls, 2×4) paved the way for Oakhill to record a historic victory.
Oakhill (97 all out) qualified for the final after a 46 runs victory against Point High School (51 all out) in the first semi-finals whilst an opening partnership of 221 runs between Levin Muller (145) and JP Duvenage (92) enable Outeniqua to posted 251/2 before they dismissed Oakdale for 120 for a comprehensive 131 runs victory.
Oakhill will now log horns with the winners of Western Province and Boland to determine which school will represent SWD at the Cricket South Africa national schools T20 competition.
Outeniqua High vs Oakhill School
OUTENIQUA HIGH 132/6 (Arminn Kidae 46, Levin Muller 29, Athenkosi Kwitshana 3/20, Shaun Riley 2/16)
OAKHILL SCHOOL 133/3 (Samkelo Mvimbi 53, Scott Armstrong 33*)
Oakhill School won by 7 wickets
SEMI – FINAL’S
Oakhill School vs Point High
OAKHILL SCHOOL 97 (Todd Walker 21, Jaydee Bester 3/18, Darren Fry 2/10)
POINT HIGH 51 (Todd Walker 3/15, Samkelo Mvimbi 2/10, Lawrence Wiid 2/10)
Oakhill School won by 46 runs
Oakdale Agricultural School vs Outeniqua High
OUTENIQUA HIGH 251/2 (Levin Muller 145, JP Duvenage 92)
Outeniqua High won by 131 runs