The annual Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge reaches its climax this month when six of the best school cricket teams in the country don the colours of their local franchise at the national finals, taking place at North West University from 18-21 March 2016.
The seventh season of the tournament saw 665 schools from across South Africa take part in regional and provincial finals, all with the hope of reaching the national finals and being named the nation’s best T20 school side. The schools representing their local franchises in the final phase of the tournament are as follows:– Lions – St Stithians College
– Titans – Afrikaans Höer Seunskool
– Dolphins – Kearsney College
– Knights – Grey College
– Warriors – Grey High School
– Cobras – Paarl Gimnasium
Fetsi Mbele, Coca-Cola South Africa’s Senior Communications Manager: Brand Experience, commented, “I would like to congratulate the six sides who have progressed to the Coca-Cola T20 Schools Challenge National Finals. As provincial champions, you are all already heroes. I wish each and every player the best of luck for the tournament and look forward to following your development in cricket in the years to come.”
The Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge is where our country’s future cricketing heroes are made, and with the likes of Quinton De Kock and Proteas superstar bowler, Kagiso Rabada, having already progressed through its ranks, the tournament is fast becoming synonymous as a platform for showcasing some of the best in South African youth cricketing talent.
To highlight the talent that will no doubt be uncovered at this year’s Coca-Cola T20 Schools Challenge national finals, a judging panel will be selecting and recognising the Coca-Cola Hero of the Day. This daily award will honour the standout player on each match day of the tournament.
Mbele continues, “The Coca-Cola Hero of the Day is not necessarily your typical man of the match. He is the player who produced an extraordinary hero moment – the wicketkeeper who made an amazing dive catch, a tail-ender who smashed a reverse sweep for six or even the player showing sportsmanship and embodying the spirit of the gentleman’s game. I can’t wait to see who will stand out at this year’s national finals.”
The Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge National Finals 2016 take place at the North West University in Potchefstroom from 18-21 March with the national champions taking home a R110 000 prize from Coca-Cola to put towards the development of cricket at their school.