STELLENBOSCH. – The Southern Superstars ended the Central Gladiators’ unbeaten status on the third day of Cricket South Africa’s Cubs Week here.
This means that no team can boast with an unbeaten record at this year’s edition of the tournament and that the race for the title is still open.
The Superstars which consist of players from Western Province, Boland, and the Garden Route Badgers defeated the Gladiators by 144 runs.
It was the batting performances of Cormey van der Watt (71) and Bongile Mfunelwa (44*) which help the Superstars reach 246 runs. Mfunelwa was named the Player of the Tournament at the conclusion of last year’s Khaya Majola Week which was also hosted in Stellenbosch.
It was however the bowling performances of South African u19 fast bowler Liyema Qaqu (3/33) in tandem with Riley Norton (3/16) which restricted the Gladiators to a mere 102 runs.
It was only Dean Bacher (39) who managed to provide some resistance with the willow. He is the son of former Proteas opening batsman Adam Bacher.
The defending champions, the Coastal Conquerors, bagged their second victory of the tournament against the Eastern Warriors to keep their title hopes alive.
The Conquerors came out on top by four wickets with Ntando Zuma (121*) playing a starring role with his unbeaten century. Zuma struck 17 fours and two maximums in his innings.
The Warriors managed to set a target of 255 runs thanks to half-centuries by Jean Upman (70) and Tre Gilbert (61). Aryan Gopalan (3/42) was the pick of the Conquerors’ bowling attack.
The Northern Champions moved into the top position on the log thanks to a five-wicket victory over the Western Legends.
The Legends were restricted to 185 runs with Bathabile Mashigo (44) and GJ Maree (35) making the biggest contributions with the bat.
For the Champions it was Martin Khumalo (3/22) and Leo Sadler (2/21) who caused the most damage with the ball in hand.
The victors’ opening batsman Divan Engelbrecht (86) laid the foundation with his half-century with Bhamji Suleman (38) and Simele Maye (34) also adding valuable contributions.
Southern Superstars 246 (Cormey van der Watt 71, Bongile Mfunelwa 44*, Sange Mbuto 33, Juan James 30; Christoper King 3/37, Sipho Potsane 2/33, Tshepo Stafa 2/47, Kwena Maphaka 2/62); Central Gladiators 102 (Dean Bacher 39; Riley Norton 3/16, Liyema Waqu 3/33). Southern Superstars won by 144 runs.
Eastern Warriors 255 (Jean Upman 70, Tre Gilbert 61, Daniel Ristow 31, Russell Petersen 21, Extras 21; Aryan Gopalan 3/42, Nqobani Mokoena 2/24, Jake Carstens 2/49); Coastal Conquerors 261/6 (Ntando Zuma 121*, Jason Muirhead 37, Blake Simpson 30*, Khulekani Mseleku 30; Daniel Ristow 2/44). Coastal Conquerors won by four wickets.
Western Legends 185 (Bathabile Mashigo 44, GJ Maree 35, Sello Sesing 29, Corné Prinsloo 24; Martin Khumalo 3/22, Leo Sadler 2/21, Hernus Marais 2/30, William Tshoke 2/31); Northern Superstars 187/5 (Divan Engelbrecht 86, Bhamji Suleman 38, Simele Maye 34; Joe Meyer 1/12). Northern Champions won by five wickets.