After a hard-fought season, the Queen’s College T20 campaign came down to dropped catches “at crucial moments”.
They were at Grey High School in Port Elizabeth recently for the Coca Cola T20 challenge, where Border and Eastern Province winners competed to see which school would represent the province under the Warriors franchise.
Queen’s made it to the knockout stage after beating Selborne College in the Border regional playoffs. That set up a semi-final game against long-time rivals Hudson Park.
Queen’s beat their fellow Border competitors by 20 runs after great batting from Cole van Schoor (44 not out) and Janse van der Ryst, 23. They had elected to bat first and made 132. Uthandiwe Gatyeni led the bowling, taking five wickets for 26 runs in eight overs. Hudson were out for 112.
At the provincial final the hosts, Grey High, stood between then and provincial glory.
Grey won the toss and elected to bat. They scored 129 for seven in 20 overs. Lihle Sizani had the best bowling figures for Queen’s – one for 20 in his four overs, with Janse van der Ryst 1 for 18 in 4.
In reply Queen’s ran out of overs, making only 90 with nine wickets down. Bryan Muir’s 16 runs were the best the Queen’s batsmen could muster against the hawkish hosts.
The professional coach at Queen’s, Rowan Richards, put it down to jitters. “The boys started very well. Our plan was clear and they stuck to it well. We had Grey at seven for two at one stage.
“But throughout the game, we lost too many wickets at critical moments and never recovered. I reckon this being our first final it was jitters and we just could not hold the nerves,” said Richards.