None of the eight matches on the fourth day of Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) National u13 Week here managed to produce a result. All of the matches were affected rain and the matches that managed to get started did so only in the afternoon. An afternoon shower halted all the matches prematurely.
Two matches Boland vs. Northerns and Border vs. Zimbabwe was abandoned without a single delivery being bowled. Gauteng and Griqualand West remained the only two unbeaten sides at the tournament. Both of them will get a chance to travel home with this status intact.
Gauteng will play KwaZulu-Natal in their final match of the tournament at St. Andrews’ Vossies Field. Saints celebrated their 150th anniversary this year. Griqualand West will defend their status against Boland at Chevrolet Park.
The hosts Free State will play the formidable outfit of North West on the final day. They will want to get one back over the visitors after losing in a warm-up match against them before the tournament.
Two batsmen, Simon Holmes of KwaZulu-Natal (54) and Gerald Coetzee (51*) of Free State managed to record half-centuries yesterday. Holmes reached his half-century against Griqualand West. While Coetzee recorded his milestone against Northerns.
The best bowling performance belonged to Jonathan Kruger of Eastern Province who dismissed four of Easterns’ batsmen for a mere 18 runs with his spin bowling.
KwaZulu-Natal 147/7 in 28 overs (Simon Holmes 54, Matthew Pollard 31*; Andrew Louw 2/16); Griqualand West did not bat. No Result due to rain.
South Western Districts 100/7 in 25.5 of 26 overs (Keegan Moontjoy 24, Tristan Stubbs 23; Maziko Theu 3/21); KwaZulu-Natal Inland did not bat. No result due to rain.
Easterns 104 in 31.3 of 32 overs (Ayabonga Huwa 20; Jonathan Kruger 4/18); Eastern Province 7/0 (1 0ver). No result due to rain.
Gauteng 140/5 in 29 overs (JP Mulder 47*, Dean Shekleton 41*); North West did not bat. No result due to rain.
Free State 139/5 in 24 overs (Gerald Coetzee 51*, Jannes Schlebusch 33; Tatenda Shuttleworth-Richardson 2/19); Western Province did not bat. No result due to rain.
Mpumalanga 2/0 in o.3 of 20 overs; Limpopo did not bat. No result due to rain.
*The matches of Boland vs. Northerns and Border vs. Zimbabwe were abandoned without a ball being bowled due to wet outfields and the rain in the afternoon.