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Erasmus bats Gauteng to U17 Week opening victory

By Hannes Nienaber , in cricket Cricket | News News , at 12 December 2016

Matthew Erasmus hit 138 runs from 90 deliveries to set up Gauteng’s victory by an innings and 111-runs over Northern Cape on Day One of the Momentum under-17 Week in Benoni on Sunday. Only this match and the clash between KwaZulu-Natal Inland and North West ended with a result at the end of the first day of the tournament.

Northern Cape were bundled out for just 42 after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Gauteng’s Emmanuel Motswiri and Mzikhona Buthelezi took six wickets between them, returning impressive figures of 3/7 and 3/8 respectively, with an added two wickets taken by Curtis Campher.

Gauteng very quickly reached and surpassed their 43-run target and posted 249/5 before declaring. Erasmus’ knock included 19 boundaries and six sixes, batting at a strike rate of 153.33 before he was bowled out by Andile Tshaka. Other notable contributions came from Mohammed Ahmed and Jason Knibbs who returned 39 and 36 not-out respectively.

Northern Cape’s rebuttal was thwarted by another notable three-for, this time by Kgaudisa Molefe (3/7). They were restricted to 96/5.

In the only other match that yielded a century, Western Province left Limpopo trailing by 109 at the close when they met at St Dunstan’s College. Justin Broad returned unbeaten for 115 (140 balls, 18x4s) after a 129-run 80 from opening batsman Bonga Makhakha kick started the proceedings. Province declared with 264/5 on the board.

In reply, opener, Nhlanhla Shikwanmbana hit 60 off 113 balls to get his side out of a slump after they lost Jimmy Modiba for four. A series of 20s by Franco Oberholzer (25), Atwell Mogoloboto (23 off 32) and Glen Groenewald (23 off 94) saw North West to 155/6 with a pair of wickets taken by Kyle Pluke, Tuan Harrison and Umar Anthony.

At Sahara Park Willowmoore, Border drew their match against hosts, Easterns. Akhanya Rebe, Mathew Ferrant and Keith Krautz scored 84, 41 and 29 respectively to have Border declare on 232/8 after electing to bat first. Easterns replied with 238/6 including respective scores of 87, 66 and 35 by Luke Holland, Musawenkosi Twala and Thulani Thembela before the match was called.

In other matches, Mpumalanga trail KwaZulu-Natal by 24 runs with six wickets in hand at Alberton High, Zimbabwe lead South Western Districts by 68 runs at Willowmoore Park B Field, Northerns lead Boland by 26 runs at Avion Park and in the last match of the day, Free State lead Eastern Province by 21 runs at CBC Benoni.

Summarised Scorecards (Time Cricket): 

Northern Cape first innings 42 (JR Oss 15; Emmanuel Motswiri 3/7, Mzikhona Buthelezi 3/8, Curtis Campher 2/9); Gauteng first innings 249/5 decl. (Matthew Erasmus 138, Mohammed Ahmed 39, Jason Knibbs 36*); Northern Cape second innings 96/5 (Conor Mcnamara 30, Garyn Weyers 25; Kgaudisa Molefe 3/7). Gauteng won outright

Border first innings 232/8 decl. (Akhanye Rebe 84, Mathew Ferrant 41; Christo van der Merwe 2/42); Easterns first innings 238/6 decl. (Luke Holland 87, Musawenkosi Twala 66; Luvo Ntsekwa 2/36). Easterns won on first innings

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