The KZN Coastal section playoffs in the CSA Schools T20 Challenge take place at Kearsney College this Thursday and Friday (30 and 31 January).
The first-round draw has certainly been kinder (on paper) to two of the six KZN10.com focus schools in the greater Durban region than it has been on the other 4.
Thursday morning’s 9am quarter-final matches see Glenwood tackle Westville and Clifton College take on DHS.
Tracey van den Aardweg feature image: All-rounder Cade Carmichael will be leading Kearsney College first XI in the playoffs tomorrow.
The draw for Thursday afternoon’s 1pm quarter-finals reflects Northwood vs Kloof and Kearsney College up against Thomas More College.
A further draw will take place after Thursday afternoon’s quarter-finals are complete, with the names of the winners going into the hat to determine who plays who in Friday’s 9am semi-finals.
The semi-final winners will meet in the KZN Coastal T20 final at 1pm Friday.
The Coastal champions will take on the KZN Inland champs in the Dolphins franchise final at the PMB Oval. The final is scheduled for 27 February.
This may change if sides like Hilton College, who are scheduled to play in the annual Independent Schools Cricket Festival hosted by St Albans College in Pretoria from 26 February to 1 March, qualify for the Dolphins final.
The winners of the Dolphins final qualify to compete for the national title against the other franchise winners.
Last year, first-time Dolphins franchise winners St Charles College were runners-up at the nationals after losing to St Stithians College in the final at Tuks.
Inland winners The Saints beat Coastal winners Westville in the 2019 Dolphins franchise final last year.
To my knowledge, the Dolphins champions have never won the national final, although I think Maritzburg College – and certainly Hilton College (at least twice) – have been finalists in the past.
KZN Coastal T20 quarter-final playoffs
9am start on Thursday
Glenwood vs Westville
Clifton vs DHS
1pm start on Thursday
Northwood vs Kloof
Kearsney vs Thomas More
A draw will then take place to determine the 9am Friday semi-final matches.
The semi-final winners will meet in Friday’s 1pm final.