After the first three days of the Khaya Majola Week in Potchefstroom, there are only four unbeaten sides left. The four unbeaten sides are Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal Inland, the Titans, and Limpopo.
The third day’s play saw a lot more sunshine than the first two days, but the scores were still quite low.
Gauteng kept their unbeaten status intact thanks to an eight-wicket victory over Eastern Province. The team’s opening batsman Ronan Hermann continued his excellent run of form with an unbeaten 70 runs.
Hermann is now the top run-scorer at the week with 240 runs. His average is also 240 runs per inning. The non-traveling replacement for the South African u19-side is making sure the selectors don’t forget about him.
Gauteng will face Western Province in their next match. The latter suffered their first defeat of the tournament against the Titans on Monday. The Titans were restricted to 174/9 in their allotted 50 overs with Arnaud du Plessis (53*) and Christiaan Daniels (40) making the biggest contributions with the bat.
The spin bowler Schalk Engelbrecht (3/25) was once again outstanding as Western Province was bowled out 14 runs short. Western Province’s Bongile Mfunelwa (47) and Siseko Sobekwa (33) made valuable contributions with the bat.
The Titans will face KwaZulu-Natal Inland in their next match. The team from the coast kept their unbeaten record intact with a six-wicket victory over Mpumalanga.
KZN Inland’s pace bowler Kris Watt (4/24) was the pick of his side’s bowling attack as Mpumalanga could only reach 121 before being bundled out.
Limpopo stayed unbeaten with a three-wicket victory over the CSA Invitational XI. Their seam bowler Nicholas Adendorff continued his excellent form by removing three batsmen from the crease at the cost of only 14 runs.
Summarised Scorecards (Limited Overs):
Boland 104 (Extras 27; Salmaan Shabbir 2/11, Nathan van der Westhuizen 2/11, Corné Prinsloo 2/17, Hanro Swanepoel 2/18); North West 105/7 (Bathabile Masigo 34, Thireletso Tikoe 21; Marcell Dampies 3/26). North West won by three wickets.
Eastern Province 128 (Siphamandla Bashe 46, Russell Petersen 24; Tsepo Stafa 3/23, Kyle Glennistor 3/26); Gauteng 131/2 (Ronan Hermann 70*, Khaya Fakhude 35; Mikhyle Brass 1/20). Gauteng won by eight wickets.
Northerns 174/9 (Arnaud du Plessis 53*, Christiaan Daniels 40, Modise Maloka 28; Cameron Fraser 2/10, Liyema Waqu 2/33, Jesse Prodehl 2/40); Western Province 161 (Bongile Mfunelwa 47, Siseko Sobekwa 33, Jacques Jooste 23*; Schalk Engelbrecht 3/25, Christiaan Daniels 2/20, Letsholo Selemela 2/24). Northerns won by 13 runs.
Free State 103 (Sello Sesing 26, Joe Meyer 20; Zedan Mahomed 2/9, Rasen Naidoo 2/20, Bongumusa Shezi 2/24); KwaZulu-Natal 106/5 (Nathan Trevethan 43, Minenhle Ntombela 30*; Mvula Chabalala 2/30). KwaZulu-Natal won by five wickets.
South Western Districts 176 (Keenan Arries 67; Jody Barend 3/33, Itumaleng Sekonyela 2/19, Thlalefo Kgape 2/35); Northern Cape 85 (Daylon Beukes 30; Basil George 3/17, Anoxolo Khitsini 2/24). South Western Districts won by 91 runs.
Border 134 (Ryan Muir 36, Thozama Totana 21; Nathan Steyn 2/21, Uwais Saloojee 2/26, Mahlatsi Theko 2/34); Easterns 136/2 (Dewan Marais 85*, Nhlanhla Mashego 24). Easterns won by eight wickets.
Mpumalanga 121 (Stefan Leemans 32; Kris Watt 4/24, Jake Carstens 2/18, Oyama Ntshona 2/34); KwaZulu-Natal Inland 122/4 (Slade van Staden 45, Jake Carstens 22; Akhulile Mkatu 2/21, Johan van Antwerpen 2/25). KZN Inland won by six wickets.
Invitation XI 126 (Dean Bacher 32, Nicklis van Onselen 28; Nicholas Adendorff 3/14, Khaif Patel 3/14, Masilo Moremi 2/29); Limpopo 128/7 (Edward Clements 37, Khaif Patel 30; Samuel Bobraine 3/12, Samuel Willemse 3/16). Limpopo won by three wickets.