Spin bowlers rule Day 1 of CSA’s National u13 tournament
BLOEMFONTEIN. – The first day of Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) National u13 tournament here belonged to the spin bowlers. All four of the bowlers whom managed to bag five-wicket hauls on the first day were spin bowlers.
The best bowling analysis of the day belonged to Sebastian van Rooyen of North West who dismissed five of Eastern Province’s batsman for a mere 22 runs. Eastern Province were bowled out for only 95 runs and lost to North West on the first innings.
Gauteng was in some initial trouble against Mpumalanga and was restricted to 186 runs in their first innings. Their spin bowler Mudiwah-Jonah Chankira however troubled Mpumalanga with his bowling as he got rid of five batsmen for only 27 runs.
The third best performance by a bowler belonged to Junior Snyman of Limpopo. His performance however could not prevent his side from losing the match on account of the first innings against Western Province. Snyman grabbed five wickets for 50 runs. What made his performance even more exceptional is that he is his team’s backup wicketkeeper.
Griqualand West, Mason Zacharia (5/51) is the fourth spinner who managed to bag five wickets. He got his fiver against South Western Districts. In total he bowled 20 overs of which six were maidens.
The hosts Free State just missed out on securing a victory against KwaZulu-Natal at Chevrolet Park. Free State managed to score 228 thanks to half-centuries by Garnett Tarr (77) and Brandon Callis (51*). Gerald Coetzee (37) also made a valuable contribution with the bat. He and Callis shared a 96-run partnership over the fourth wicket. KwaZulu-Natal Inland was stranded on 142/9 at the close of play with Free State only needing one wicket to secure a victory.
Matthew Montgomery of KwaZulu-Natal scored the only century of the first day in his side’s match against Easterns. His innings of 118 runs helped his side to 292/5 when they reached the forced declaration at 60 overs. Their score was the highest of the day.
Montgomery smashed 13 fours and two sixes in his innings at St. Andrews’ Vossies field. He and Caleb Pillay (42) shared a partnership of 121 runs over the third wicket. Joshua Brown (81*) was the destroyer for KwaZulu-Natal at the end of their innings. He faced a mere 50 deliveries in his innings.
Brown and Motngomery shared an 86-run partnership over the fourth wicket. Brown smashed 11 fours and two sixes on his way to his unbeaten half-century.
Kieran Williams (96*) of Boland just missed out on his century as he ran out of partners in his side’s match against Zimbabwe.
KwaZulu-Natal 292/5 (Matthew Montgomery 118, Joshua Brown 81*, Caleb Pillay 42); Easterns 86/7 decl. (Willem Myburgh 38; Bandile Ngcobo 3/19, Joshua Brown 2/4). Match drawn.
Border first innings 147/8 decl. (James Ritchie 47, Jethro Newton 29; Ximus du Plooy 3/24, Sibusiso Maseko 2/27); Northerns first innings 152 (Anslin Fortuin 54, Nellis Daniels 35; Sebastian Denison-Brown 3/16, Akhanya Rebe 2/13); Border second innings 33/1 (Sibusiso Maseko 1/4). Northerns won on first innings.
Gauteng first innings 186 (Dean Sheckleton 56, Gareth Schreuder 40; Coenraad Visser 2/23); Mpumalanga first innings 147 (Jordan Grové 26; Mudiwah-Jonah Chankira 5/27); Gauteng second innings 71/3 (Tetelo Mphaka 33; Gysbert Ehlers 2/8). Gauteng won on first innings.
Limpopo 62 (MW Theunissen 19; Guy Sheena 4/34, Tatenda Shuttleworth-Richardson 3/11); Western Province 230/8 (Gabriel Gad 46, Riaz Palekar 40; Junior Snyman 5/50). Western Province won on first innings.
Free State 228 (Garnett Tarr 77, Brandon Callis 51*, Gerald Coetzee 37; Robbie McGaw 2/9, Jared Campbell 2/14); KwaZulu-Natal Inland 142/9 (Jared Campbell 23; Gerald Coetzee 3/10, Christean Neethling 2/8). Match drawn.
North West first innings 185/9 decl. (Robert de Villiers 63, Duan Jansen 45, Jared Venter 33; Mzolisi Dotwana 4/11); Eastern Province first innings 95 (Christopher Gleaves 34; Sebastian van Rooyen 5/22); North West second innings 17/0. North West won on first innings.
Boland first innings 196 (Kieran Williams 96*; Tafara Muzamindo 4/39, Jonathan Connolly 3/14); Zimbabwe first innings 139/9 (Gregory Dollar 35, Jonathan Connolly 34, Parudo Mugore 33; Gareth Wolmarans 3/13, Eleazar Stuurman 3/31); Boland second innings 76/0 decl. (Marthus Coetzee 54*); Zimbabwe second innings 16/2 (Eleazar Stuurman 1/12). Match drawn.
South Western Districts 115 (Tristan Stubbs 47, Migael Vermeulen 19; Mason Zacharia 5/51, Loui du Plessis 2/6); Griqualand West first innings 173/8 (Jan Duvenhage 42, Andrew Louw 32; Brian Jack 4/24). Griqualand West won on first innings.