North West’s opening batsman Ludwich Schuld (119*) carried his bat for an unbeaten century as he steered his team to an impressive seven-wicket victory over Eastern Province during the opening day of the Khaya Majola Week in Stellenbosch.
The left-handed batsman shared a 153-run partnership with Dewald du Plessis (43) over the second wicket which took the game from EP. Schuld struck ten sixes and only four fours from the 97 deliveries he faced.
Northern Cape’s opening batsman Ontlametse Kesiamang (102) also shined with a century as his side defeated Kei by 188 runs in their encounter. Kei was restricted to only 59 runs in their innings with the spin bowler Jady Barends picking up four wickets at the cost of only ten runs.
Limpopo’s fast bowler Nsuku Mattye picked up the only five-wicket haul of the opening day. His bowling figures of 5/19 were however not enough to secure his side a victory over the Garden Route Badgers.
The Badgers won the match by 44 runs with Ewald de Jager (4/12) also impressing with his bowling performance.
The Central Gauteng Lions started their tournament with a 60-run victory over KwaZulu-Natal on the Coetzenburg Oval. Their South African u19 player Richard Seletswane (49) helped his side reach 181 runs in windy conditions.
KwaZulu-Natal could only answer 121 in return with another SA u19 player Kwena Maphaka (4/36) causing most of the damage with his fast bowling. Christopher King (3/17) and Liam Alder (3/19) picked up the rest of the wickets.
Western Province convincingly defeated Free State by 182 runs with Bongile Mfunelwa (91) and Juan James (40) sharing a partnership of 102 runs over the fifth wicket to help their side reach 248 runs.
Free State could only reach 66 runs before being bundled out. Asakhe Tsaka (2/13), Cameron Fraser (2/15), Fayaad Daniels (2/24) as well as a couple of runouts caused most of the damage.
The hosts Boland started their tournament with a victory of 131 runs over Namibia’s Cheetahs at Boland Park in Paarl. Cormey van der Watt shone with both bat and ball as he scored 66 runs before boasting bowling figures of 2/4. Nathan Jacobs (53) also weighed in with a half-century.
An unbeaten partnership of 114-runs over the fourth wicket between Mpumalanga’s Jayden Scholtz (55*) and Hannes Feuth (52*) helped to secure their side a seven-wicket victory over Namibia’s Welwitschias.
KwaZulu-Natal Inland’s Matthew Urquhart produced an allround performance to help his side to a two-wicket victory over the Titans. Urquhart was the pick of his side’s bowlers with bowling figures of 4/39 before also seeing his side home with an unbeaten 35 runs.
Western Province 248 (Bongile Mfunelwa 91, Juan James 40, Fayaad Daniels 23, Extras 23, Jordan Neill 21; Jonathan Muller 3/39, Khanyisile Nondwangu 2/22, Sicelo Matayi 2/32); Free State 66 (Foster Lubbe 18; Asakhe Tsaka 2/13, Cameron Fraser 2/15, Fayaad Daniels 2/24). Western Province won by 182 runs.
Central Gauteng Lions 181 (Richard Seletswane 49, Siya Radebe 38; Aryan Gopalan 2/8, Romashan Pillay 2/27, Bonga Shezi 2/40); KwaZulu-Natal 121 (Evan Fouché 35, Ryan Jairaj 28, Extras 28; Kwena Maphaka 4/36, Christopher King 3/17, Liam Alder 3/19). Central Gauteng Lions won by 60 runs.
Eastern Province 187 (Russell Petersen 49, Olwakhe Goqorza 41, Ashley Ostling 25; Tumelo Makume 3/29, Corné Prinsloo 2/32, Martin Bullock 2/32); North West 190/3 (Ludwich Schuld 119*, Dewald du Plessis 43). North West won by seven wickets.
Boland 225 (Cormey van der Watt 66, Nathan Jacobs 53, Thando Prusent 25; Extras 23; Dirkie Theunissen 2/25, Salamon Nuuyoma 2/37, Alex Volschenk 2/37); Namibia Cheetahs 94 (JC Balt 26; Thato Msizi 3/22, Cormey van der Watt 2/4, Riley Norton 2/8). Boland won by 131 runs.
Titans 224/9 (Divan Engelbrecht 39, Steve Stolk 35, Tristan Luus 32*, Mohammed Aslam 28, Morati Lefhiedi 20; Matthew Urquhart 4/39, Ross Boast 2/59); KwaZulu-Natal Inland 225/8 (Jason Muirhead 62, Jonathan van Zyl 43, Matthew Urquhart 35*, Jake Carstens 25; Safwaan Sujee 2/32, Divan Engelbrecht 2/52). KZN Inland won by two wickets.
Northern Cape 247/7 (Ontlametse Kesiamang 102, Extras 41, Marno Coetzee 27, Kgotso Motlwai 26; Harry Makuleni 2/43); Kei 59 (Extras 18; Jody Barends 4/10, Tumiso Seetelo 2/4). Northern Cape won by 188 runs.
Garden Route Badgers 128 (Zander Nel 41, Extras 34; Nsuku Mattye 5/19); Limpopo 84 (Ruben Vosloo 27; Ewald de Jager 4/12, Charl-Francois Marais 2/14). Garden Route Badgers won by 44 runs.
Namibia Welwitschia 146 (Simon Sikongo 31; Suhail Patel 4/44, Curtleigh Koetzee 3/11); Mpumalanga 147/3 (Jayden Scholtz 55*, Hannes Feuth 52*; Addo Iita 2/11). Mpumalanga won by seven wickets.
Border 172 (Bradley de Kock 40, Tre Gilbert 33, Extras 33; Adam Kruger 2/8, Liphumlo Mhlongo 2/32, Tristan van Schalkwyk 2/47); Easterns 174/6 (Kyle Enoch 43, Khayelihle Sithole 42*, Extras 25, Dewan Marais 22). Easterns won by four wickets.