Hilton College win Ram Slam T20

HARARE - South Africa’s Hilton College were crowned the champions of the 2014 T20 Ram Slam Cricket tourney held at St John’s College over the weekend.

The KwaZulu Natal-based boys’ school beat the hosts and defending champions, St John’s College to secure a five wicket victory on Sunday.

The Ram Slam tourney started on Friday but Hilton College started playing on Saturday as they had arrived from KwaZulu Natal the previous night.

The South Africans played all three of their group matches on Saturday and won all of them to secure their spot in their semi-finals.

Hilton College cricket 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, a former Zimbabwe international cricketer all-rounder, told the Daily News.

St John’s College cricket coach Ross Neil said the tournament was very competitive as they were a lot the game at the end.

“The final was very competitive but I’m happy for my boys because they managed to stay focused till the end,” said Neil.

“We lost this year because our team had only Form Four boys of which it was their first time playing in such a big tourney. The boys tried and but it’s just that luck was not on our side but I hope next year we will reclaim our title.”

Hilton College’s semi-final match against Falcon on Sunday morning was the toughest contest for the South Africans during the tournament as they prevailed with a narrow 12-run victory.

The hosts went on to win the second semi-final against another touring South African school Michaelhouse to proceed to the final.

The event, which was sponsored by Health International and Bon Marche, also featured St George’s College, Peterhouse, Prince Edward School, Churchill Boys High and Falcon College.

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