The second day of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week in Johannesburg belonged to Jason Niemand of Border.
Niemand was named Coca-Cola Hero of the Day for an allround performance against Western Province. Niemand (131) recorded a century and boasted bowling figures of 2/38. He faced only 111 deliveries in his innings of which 14 was dispatched beyond the boundary rope. Three of these were maximums.
He and Sinethemba Qeshile (60) shared a 184-run partnership over the fourth wicket to help their team to 275/6. Both have represented the national u19-side in their careers.
Western Province just hanged on to secure a draw mostly thanks to Mihlali Mpongwana (33).
The only other century on the second day came off the bat of Francois Barnard of South Western Districts. Barnard struck 115 runs from 124 deliveries to help his side secure a victory on first innings against Namibia.
SWD’s fast bowler Jean Bruiner (4/30) also played a major part in the victory.
Mpumalanga’s spin bowler Faheem Nohami (5/32) picked up the only five-wicket haul of the second day as he kept Northern Cape’s batsmen guessing.
Free State’s batsmen had to show patience to secure a draw against Gauteng.
The hosts recorded 275/6 in their first innings thanks to some good batting by captain, Wandile Makwetu (91), Jacob Miltz (83) and Joshua Richards (52). Makwetu and Miltz shared a 152-run partnership over the third wicket.
Free State had to chase the total set or survive the 59 overs left. Garnett Tarr (33, 73b), CP Klijnhans (25, 68b), Gerald Coetzee (28, 89b) and Ruan Cronjé (12*, 55b) frustrated Gauteng’s bowling attack just enough to secure the draw.
Curtis Campher (4/16) and Kgaudisa Molefe (3/42) almost managed to secure the victory for the hosts.
The national u19-player Jade de Klerk and Tiaan Van Vuuren helped Eastern Province to a first innings victory over KwaZulu-Natal Inland with allround performances.
Van Vuuren was the pick of his side’s bowlers with figures of 3/25 and scored the most runs with the 54 runs that came off his bat.
De Klerk picked up three wickets for only 33 runs and added an unbeaten 39 runs with the bat in hand.
Northerns was the only team to secure an outright win on the opening day, but found themselves struggling against Boland on the second day.
Boland recorded 199 in their first innings, but had Northerns struggling at 84/7 before the latter had no other choice but to declare. Boland however still managed to secure a victory on the first innings.
Seamer Samuel Henderson (4/24) caused Northerns’ batsmen the most problems. He achieved some excellent help from Achille Cloete (3/11) from the other end.
For Northerns it was only Francois van Heerden with scores of 30 and 51 whom managed to resist Boland’s onslaught.
Summarised Scorecards (Time Cricket):
Gauteng first innings 275/4 (Wandile Makwetu 91, Jacob Miltz 83, Joshua Richards 52; Donald Machalotsa 2/34); Free State first innings 134/9 (Garnett Tarr 33, Gerald Coetzee 28; Curtis Campher 4/16, Kgaudisa Molefe 3/42). Match drawn.
Border first innings 275/6 (Jason Niemand 131, Sinethemba Qeshile 60; Sisonke Mazele 4/55); Western Province first innings 143/8 (Mihlali Mpongwana 33; Sebastian Denison-Brown 3/28, Jason Niemand 2/38). Match drawn.
KwaZulu-Natal Inland first innings 130 (Fraser Jones 52*; Tiaan van Vuuren 3/25, Jade Klerk 3/33, Cole Schoeman 2/17); Eastern Province first innings 197/9 (Tiaan van Vuuren 54, Christopher Benjamin 48, Jade de Klerk 39*; Kamogelo Selane 4/29). Eastern Province won on first innings.
Boland first innings 199 (Laurentius Smit 50, Khanya Cotani 36; Sibusiso Maseko 3/47); Northerns first innings 84/7 decl. (Francois van Heerden 30; Samuel Henderson 4/24, Achille Cloete 3/11); Boland second innings 47/2 decl. (Khanya Cotani 15; Nico van Zyl 1/10); Northerns second innings 65/2 (Francois van Heerden 51; Samuel Henderson 1/5). Boland won on first innings.
Limpopo first innings 236/5 (Glen Groenewald 84, Viraj Devdhara 50*, Nhlanhla Shikwambani 49; Matthew Montgomery 2/25, Khwezi Gumede 2/34); KwaZulu-Natal first innings 196/5 (Matthew Montgomery 70, Patrick McGrath 39*, Caleb Pillay 31; Nyiko Mabulwane 2/30). Match drawn.
North West first innings 235/8 (Louis van Schalkwyk 76, Muhammad Suliman 46; Mekyle Pillay 2/27); Easterns first innings 171/7 (Luke Holland 42, WP Myburgh 34*; Reabetswe Mokgoro 3/19). Match drawn.
Northern Cape first innings 145 (Andrew Louw 45; Faheem Nohami 5/32, Jon Hinrichsen 3/35); Mpumalanga first innings 200 (Nathan Carstens 87, Ekstras 23; Kutlwano Mokwena 3/45); Northern Cape second innings 47/2 (Nakkie Duvenhage 18*; Jacques Vosloo 2/14). Mpumalanga won on first innings.
Namibia first innings 135 (Jan-Izak de Villiers 30, Lohandré Louwrens 26; Jean Bruiners 4/30, Brian Jack 3/18); South Western Districts first innings 212/3 (Francois Barnard 115*, Samkelo Mvimbi 40, Travis Ackermann 32). South Western Districts won on die first innings.