The weather conditions during the second day of the 2021-edition of the Khaya Majola Week in Potchefstroom were yet again conducive for seam bowling.
Two of the eight scheduled matches were forced to be reduced to Twenty/20 matches due to the rain that fell during the night. It was, therefore, no surprise that two players, Nathan Jacobs (Boland) and Olwethu Kweyama (KwaZulu-Natal Inland), managed to pick up the first five-wicket hauls of this year’s tournament.
Jacobs produced an impressive versatile performance in his side’s victory over Eastern Province. He contributed 34 runs to his side’s total, before picking up five wickets for a mere 24 runs to help his side to a 26-run victory. His performance in the field was also exceptional.
The seam bowler, Kweyama, picked up his five wickets at the cost of only 12 runs as his side easily defeated Easterns by seven wickets in their T20-clash. This is the third-best bowling figures ever in this format at the tournament. The record of 5/4 belongs to Protea Lutho Sipamla which he recorded back in 2015.
There were also two batsmen, Meeka-eel Prince (Western Province) and JP King (Invitation XI), who managed to defy the odds and record impressive centuries.
Opening batsman Prince recorded 102 runs in his side’s 89-run victory over KwaZulu-Natal on the JB Marks Oval. He dispatched ten of the 115 deliveries to him past the boundary rope. His uncle is the former Cobras player Qaasim Adams.
King’s team was deep in trouble at 36/3 when he walked to the crease against the Northern Cape. He struck his 117 runs off only 118 deliveries to help his side to a defendable total of 214. His innings included 11 fours and four sixes.
Gauteng kept their unbeaten record intact with a convincing victory of eight wickets over the hosts, North West. The home team was restricted to only 72 runs.
North West’s batsmen struggled to get going in the difficult batting conditions with the bowling of Gauteng opening bowlers, Christopher King (1/8) and Greg Ford (1/11), also not allowing them too much wiggle room during the opening 12 overs. Four of King’s six overs were maidens.
The spin bowler Nkanyiso Mkhize (4/13) and fast bowler Kyle Glennistor (3/34) capitalised on the good start with some excellent bowling themselves.
The Titans managed to somehow defend a mere 89 runs successfully in their victory of seven runs over the Free State. The team from Pretoria’s Modise Maloka (17) was the only batsman who managed to keep the Free State’s bowling attack at bay.
For Free State it was mainly their seam bowlers, HJ Kleynhans (3/18) and Jayden Davids (3/25), causing most of the damage. The Free State’s batsmen then also struggled with only Stefan Nel (24) that managed to get into the double figures.
Free State was bowled out eight runs short of a victory with Christiaan Daniels (3/10), Edumisa Dlulemnyango (3/10), and Schalk Engelbrecht (2/19) the heroes for the Titans.
Summarised Scorecards (Limited Overs):
North West 72 (Rico Fryer 20; Nkanyiso Mkhize 4/13, Kyle Glennistor 3/34); Gauteng 73/2 (Reuben du Toit 28; Hanro Swanepoel 1/21). Gauteng won by eight wickets.
Boland 139 (Werner Brand 58, Nathan Jacobs 34; Olwakhe Goqoza 4/27, Cameron Williams 4/28); Eastern Province 113 (Casey Keevy 46, Russell Petersen 28*; Nathan Jacobs 5/24). Boland won by 26 runs.
Western Province 287/9 (Meeka-eel Prince 102, Jacques Jooste 46, Siseko Sobekwa 29, Michael Levitt 22; Ronan Vardaya 3/55); KwaZulu-Natal 198/9 (Dylan Hullett 39, Nathan Trevethan 35; Cameron Fraser 3/35, Liyema Waqu 2/33). Western Province won by 89 runs.
Titans 86 (Modise Maloka 17; HJ Kleynhans 3/18, Jayden Davids 3/25); Free State 79 (Stefan Nel 24, Extras 23; Christiaan Daniels 3/10, Edumisa Dlulemnyango 2/10, Schalk Engelbrecht 2/19, Letsholo Selemela 2/23). Titans won by seven runs.
Limpopo 160 (Edward Clements 35, Shelton Ngobeni 34, Nicholas Adendorff 24; Basil George 4/22); South Western Districts 147 (Thabo Dywili 34, Thurstin Murphy 28, Ravin-Lee Kemmies 23; Nicholas Adendorff 4/31, Khaif Patel 2/17). Limpopo won by 13 runs.
Invitation XI 214 (JP King 117; Naziel Adams 4/47, Luyanda Oss 3/54); Northern Cape 70 (Extras 29; Dean Bacher 3/21, Reoikantse Rammutla 2/4, Shervaan Govendar 2/8, Samuel Bobraine 2/18). Invitation XI won by 144 runs.
Easterns 102 (Nhlanhla Mashego 32, Sinethemba Ngeyane 22, Khaya Sithole 22; Olwethu Kweyama 5/12, Alexander Vermeulen 2/7, Thandolwami Ndlovu 2/16); KwaZulu-Natal Inland 104/3 (Slade van Staden 34*, Makabongwe Ngcobo 30; Mahlatsi Theko 2/11). KZN Inland won by seven wickets.
Mpumalanga 137/3 (Lukas van der Walt 50*, Hannes Feuth 39); Border 104/7 (Ben van der Merwe 30, Butsha Mfazwe 22; Desmond Visser 2/14, Siyabonga Sithole 2/20). Mpumalanga won by 33 runs.