AN unbelievable final over saw Selborne College fall agonisingly short as they lost their Schools T20 Challenge Eastern Cape final by a single run, finishing on 123/5 against Kingswood College in Grahamstown.
Needing an improbable 23 off the last over bowled by Brad Haller late yesterday afternoon, many would have been forgiven for thinking it was all over when Jerome Bossr missed the first ball, leaving only five balls to get the 23.
But three magnificent sixes followed, turning the tide back in Selborne’s favour with five to win from two deliveries.
Haller then delivered a wide before Bossr missed the fifth ball with Travis Benn calling through a quick bye to the keeper. With three needed from the final ball Benn played it into the offside and was run out as Selborne pushed for the second run that would have drawn the match.
Bossr finished on a brilliant 58 not out from 42 deliveries, cracking three fours and four sixes along the way.
He enjoyed a top day, taking three catches in the field as well.
The fantastic ending to the entertaining game was fully deserved as two evenly matched sides fought out a titanic tussle for the right to represent the Eastern Cape in the colours of local franchise the Chevrolet Warriors at the National Schools T20 Franchise finals in Pretoria next week.
Kingswood won the toss and elected to bat on a slow wicket in bright sunshine. -Ross Roche