STELLENBOSCH. – The Unlimited Titans’ wicketkeeper batsman, Rivaldo Moonsamy (129), continued his excellent form with the bat in hand as he scored the first century of the annual Cricket South Africa’s Cubs Week in his side’s 108-run victory over Zimbabwe.
Moonsamy’s batting partner over the fourth wicket, Dean Foxcroft (103), reached his century shortly after. They shared a massive 237-run partnership in 123 minutes which took only 202 deliveries. Moonsamy already scored 265 runs in his three games at the tournament at an average of 132.5 runs per innings.
He only needs another 73 runs to surpass the tournament record of Andries Gous of 337 runs which he set in 2013 for the Chevrolet Knights. Moonsamy and Foxcroft both qualify to play in next year’s ICC u19 World Cup in Bangladesh. The Titans will have to beat the Nashua Cape Cobras with a bonus point in their clash tomorrow if they want to reach this year’s final.
The defending champions, the bizhub Highveld Lions, lost their undefeated status as the South African under-17 Invitational side defeated them by 104 runs. Wiaan Mulder (81) and Aaqil Ebrahim (57) impressed with their batting as they both recorded half-centuries as the national side reached 239/9 in their allotted 50 overs. SA u17 spin bowler, Lesego Senokwane (5/33), bagged a five wicket-haul as the Lions were stumbled out for 135 runs.
The Sunfoil Dolphins kept their undefeated status with a narrow two wicket victory over the Chevrolet Knights thanks to a match-saving innings by wicketkeeper, Gavin Morris (76*). The Dolphins struggled to 79/6 when Morris worked with the tailenders to scrape the 126 runs that were still needed together. The Knights’ Aiden Brooker produced an allround performance as he scored an unbeaten 43 runs and picked up four victims for 38 runs.
The Nashua Cape Cobras is the only other undefeated side, besides the Dolphins left in the competition after their comprehensive eight wicket victory over the Chevrolet Warriors today.
The Warriors was restricted to 116 runs with Dayyaan Galiem boasting remarkable bowling figures of 3/10 in his eight overs. He was supported well by Jay Stevens (3/21). The Warriors’ captain, Brad Haller (53), tried to stem the tide with his half-century.
Unlimited Titans 306/5 (Rivaldo Moonsamy 129, Dean Foxcroft 103; Davis Murwendo 3/54); Zimbabwe 198 (Ryan Murray 59; David Zweni 3/29). Unlimited Titans won by 108 runs.
South Africa u17 Invitational 239/9 (Wiaan Mulder 81, Aaqil Ebrahim 57; Brandon Glover 4/33); bizhub Highveld Lions 135 (Grant Roelofsen 31; Lesego Senokwane 5/33, Chad Classen 2/14). South Africa u17 Invitational won by 104 runs.
Chevrolet Knights 205/8 (Marno van Greuning 50, Aiden Brooker 43*; Sibonelo Makhanya 2/30); Sunfoil Dolphins 206/8 (Gavin Morris 76*; Aiden Brooker 4/38). Sunfoil Dolphins won by two wickets.
Chevrolet Warriors 116 (Brad Haller 53; Dayyaan Galiem 3/10, Jay Stevens 3/21); Nashua Cape Cobras 117/2 (Heinrich Odendaal 51*, Matthew Christensen 37). Nashua Cape Cobras won by eight wickets.