Hilton College chased down St John’s College total of 129 to secure a five wicket victory claiming this year’s edition of the Ram Slam T20 tourney on Sunday afternoon at St John’s College.
The Ram Slam tourney started on Friday but Hilton only started playing on Saturday as they arrived on Friday night. The Kwazulu Natal boys played all three of their group games on Saturday and won all of them to secure their spot in their semi finals.
Hilton’s semi-final match against Falcon on Sunday morning was the toughest of all their games during the tournament but they prevailed with a 12 run win. Defending champions, St John’s College went on to win the second semi-final against touring side Michaelhouse to proceed to the finals where they faced the determined Hilton side.
Despite being the defending champions and hosts, St John’s walked on to the park as underdogs as they lost a group match to Hilton on Saturday afternoon. Rams captain, Gary King was out of luck from the get go, losing the toss to his Hilton counterpart who opted to field first. St John’s set a total of 128 in 20 overs, with openers King and Nick Welch posting 39 and 35 runs each respectively.
Ross Talmage lead Hilton’s chase, falling just three runs shy of half a ton but Hilton’s middle order carried them home. Michael Dedekind added 30 runs to his team’s cause while all rounder Ethan Bosch added 24 runs.
Coach Neil Johnson applauded his boys for a job well done, “It’s easy when you have good players, well done to the lads,” Johnson told SSN. Johnson who made news headlines during the 1999 cricket world cup playing for Zimbabwe also commended St John’s College for being good hosts and the general state of Zimbabwean schools cricket.
Well done Hilton College.