Coca-Cola All-Star Team Conclude a Dream Weekend
The Coca-Cola® All-Star team completed a ‘dream’ weekend with a hard-fought win against a Cricket South Africa (CSA) Hub team in a curtain raiser to the 2019 Coca-Cola® Schools T20 Challenge National Finals in Pretoria.
On Thursday 12 players from 7 different schools from around the country had an opportunity to meet and engage with each other for the very first time whilst embracing their true passion for cricket and establishing new friendships.
The players came from Westville High School, Hoer Volkskool Potchefstroom, Old Bunting Secondary School, Langenhoven Gimnasium, South African College School (SACS), Northern Cape High School and Cambridge Academy to be part of a Coca-Cola® All-Star team who were coached and mentored by Proteas Legend Paul Harris.
After three extensive training sessions and closely watching the other franchise teams play during the Coca-Cola® Schools T20 Challenge National Finals, the team finally had an opportunity to bring their game and shine on Sunday. Cricket South Africa included a strong team which included players such as Obakeng Maila who played in the Coca-Cola® Khaya Majola Week in December 2018 to pose as serious challenge to the team.
Coca-Cola® All-Star team won the toss and sent the CSA Hub team into bat first. This decision proved to be a good one when Anda Dilima took a wicket in the first over and from there onwards the CSA Hub team was on the back foot throughout the match. Five of the Coca-Cola® All-Star team took wickets but Zuan Swart ended up with the best figures with 2/16. The CSA Hub ended up with 119/8 in their 20 overs.
The Coca-Cola® All-Star team started their run chase meekly losing Wali Voyoni and Jedhli Van Briesies both to Tshepiso Makau with the score on 4 but they did not panic and continued to chase down the modest total. The big difference between the two teams came when Jannie Claassens came in to bat and smashed 30 off 13 balls including 4 sixes. His peer from Hoer Volkskool Potchefstroom, Timothy Malan marshalled the team to win by 4 wickets.
Coca-Cola® All-Star team player and Cambridge Academy cricketer Wali Voyoni said, “I had a phenomenal experience, I had a chance to play and test myself against some of the best school boy cricketers in the country. I also made a number of new friends which I will keep in contact with, hopefully I will get to play against the lads in the very near future.”
Puso Makume, Coca-Cola® Sponsorship Manager said, “Congratulations to all the participants of the 2019 Coca-Cola® Schools T20 Challenge National Finals, it was great to see how all the players gave their all this weekend! A special congratulations to the Coca-Cola® All-Star team for winning their game against CSA Hub team. We look forward to next year’s breed to come out of Coca-Cola® Schools T20 Challenge and hope to see them on even bigger cricketing stages.”
Paul Harris said, “Coca-Cola® has initiated a good idea by enabling boys that were unfortunate to not make the Coca-Cola® Schools T20 National Finals. The boys played on some of the best fields in the country and trained in the Powerade High Performance Centre which is a top cricket facility where the Proteas themselves train from time to time. I wish the boys a great journey ahead and hope they continue to make their dreams come true on and off the crease.”
Coca-Cola® Schools T20 Challenge took place from the 15th -17th March 2019 at University of Pretoria’s High-Performance Centre in Pretoria.
Players that made the Coca-Cola All-Star Team:
(Dolphins) Westville High School Francios Fourie
(Dolphins) Westville High School Wynand Steynberg
(Cobras) Langenhoven Gimnasium Jedhli Van Briesies
(Cobras) SACS Anda Dilima
(Titans) Cambridge Academy Wali Vuyoni
(Titans) Cambridge Academy Zuan Swart
(Knights) Northern Cape High School Austin Brooker
(Knights) Northern Cape High School Naziel Adams
(Lions) Hoer Volkskool Potchefstroom Jannie Claassens
(Lions) Hoer Volkskool Potchefstroom Timothy Malan
(Warriors) Old Bunting Secondary School Afikile Mahlungu
(Warriors) Old Bunting Secondary School Lukho Nomphandana
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