STELLENBOSCH. – Cricket South Africa’s Cubs Week is without a doubt one of the toughest tournaments at u19 level.
After only two days at this year’s edition of the tournament, only one side is left with their unbeaten record intact, the Central Gladiators.
The tournament’s title could once again be settled during the final day of the week if one of the other teams ends the Gladiators’ unbeaten status within the next two days.
The Gladiators defeated the Northern Champions by six wickets thanks to half-centuries by David Teeger (72) and Richard Seletswane (63*) which laid the foundation.
The duo shared a partnership of 137 runs over the third wicket. Not even another stellar bowling performance by Leo Sadler (4/51) could keep the Gladiators from securing the victory.
Sadler finished the second day in a row with the best bowling figures at the tournament.
The Champions started off well with Christiaan du Toit (55) and Divan Engelbrecht who shared a 101-run partnership over the second wicket.
The team however stumbled to 125/5 after their solid base.
The Western Legends would be forgiven if they thought that their massive total of 315/5 in their allotted 50 overs would’ve been enough to secure a victory over defending champions, Coastal Conquerors.
Even more so after the Conquerors were in deep trouble at 94/5. It was however then that Romashen Pillay (163) and Blake Simpson (59) joined forces to share a 129-run partnership over the sixth wicket.
Pillay’s innings are the third-highest score ever at the Cubs Week since the inaugural tournament back in 2009. He was the star as his side bagged a one-wicket victory.
Pillay faced only 126 deliveries in his innings which included 15 boundaries of which six were maximums.
The Legends’ Joe Meyer (91) and GJ Maree (37) shared a partnership of 106 runs over the second wicket. This laid the foundation for the Legends to set the target past 300 runs.
Corné Prinsloo (68*) also weighed in with an unbeaten half-century.
The Southern Superstars are back to winning ways after defeating the Eastern Warriors by 49 runs.
The Superstars reached 292/9 in their allotted overs thanks to half-centuries by Gysbert Wege (69) and Raees Salie (58).
The Warriors’ Jean Upman produced an allround performance with bat and ball. He was the pick of his side’s bowling attack with figures of 2/35.
He was also the top-run scorer for his team as he added a valuable 87 runs.
Western Legends 315/5 (Joe Meyer 91, Corné Prinsloo 68*, Naziel Adams 45, GJ Maree 37, Sello Sesing 28, Rico Fryer 22*; Jake Carstens 2/39, Aryan Gopalan 2/57); Coastal Conquerors 316/9 (Romashan Pillay 163, Blake Simpson 59, Jonathan van Zyl 35, Extras 20; Naziel Adams 2/25, Rico Fryer 2/36, Darion Rabie 2/43, Corné Prinsloo 2/45). Coastal Conquerors won by one wicket.
Southern Superstars 292/9 (Gysbert Wege 69, Raees Salie 58, Abdullah Bayoumy 31, Riley Norton 29, Extras 27, Bongile Mfunelwa 24, Juan James 21; Jean Upman 2/35, Olwakhe Goqorza 2/42, Esa Gangat 2/60); Eastern Warriors 243 (Jean Upman 87, Tre Gilbert 46, Olwakhe Goqorza 32, Russell Petersen 28; Riley Norton 3/30, Juan James 2/52, Abdullah Bayoumy 2/55). Southern Superstars won by 49 runs.
Northern Champions 231 (Christiaan du Toit 55, Divan Engelbrecht 37, Extras 36, Dewan Marais 35, Leo Sadler 29; Christopher King 3/28, Sipho Potsane 2/42, Dean Bacher 2/56); Central Gladiators 232/4 (David Teeger 72, Richard Seletswane 63*, Lhuandré Pretorius 40, Extras 29; Leo Sadler 4/51). Central Gladiators won by six wickets.