The morning session of the opening day of the annual Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week in Cape Town delivered more centuries than what was scored during the entire previous week in the Mother City back in 2011.
The morning session saw Jonathan Bird (Western Province) Dian Forrester (Northerns) and Tristan Stubbs (Boland) lifting their bats in the air after reaching a century. It was however a bowler by the name of Jacques Vosloo from Mpumalanga who managed to steal the show on the opening day.
Vosloo (6/21) produced the ninth best bowling figures since 1994 to reduce the Northern Cape to 137 in their first innings at the Langa Cricket Club. Mpumalanga could only answer with 81 runs before being bundled out. This meant that Northern Cape despite Vosloo’s performance secured a victory on the first innings if there was no outright result to the game.
Vosloo (3/11) then also ripped through the Northern Cape’s second innings restricting them at 20/5 at their forced declaration after losing five wickets. Mpumalanga then bagged the outright victory thanks to a gritty innings by Cameron Howe-Dreyer (35*).
Vosloo was named the Coca-Cola Hero of the Day for his brilliant performance which saw him grab nine wickets while conceding a mere 32 runs.
Forrester’s performance was also up-there as he also managed to pick up a five-wicket haul after scoring his ton against KwaZulu-Natal Inland. He struck an unbeaten 107 runs from 140 deliveries which included six fours and five sixes. He received assistance from Ludwig Kaestner (87) to help Northerns reach the highest total of the day 281/5 in their allotted 65 overs before the forced declaration.
Forrester then proceeded to get rid of five batsmen for only 25 runs as KZN Inland was restricted to 212.
The home team’s South African u19-player Jonathan Bird (114) struck his century from 170 deliveries against Border. WP’s Lehan Botha (16*) also showed that he knows how to wield the willow as the scored his 16 runs of the one over that his side’s second innings lasted before they decided to declare.
Definitely a player to watch out for during the T20’s.
Eastern Province’s captain, Tristan Stubbs (101), led from the front in his side’s drawn match against Boland. Gauteng won their encounter against KwaZulu-Natal on first innings with spin bowler Kgaudise Molefe (4/37) and Cameron Shekleton (60) performances being vital to their cause.
North West’s Marco Jansen (6/26) also picked up a five-wicket haul as South Western Districts’ batsmen struggled to play him. It did however not save his team from a first innings defeat.
It was so close or there were a fourth century on the opening day, but Namibia’s Divan la Cock (99) was stumped a solitary run short of his milestone by Glen Groenewald off the bowling of Thabo Mosefowa.
Free State won’t be too happy with their draw against Easterns after amassing 259/8 thanks to contributions by Garnett Tarr (73) and Brian Kershaw (65*). It was however the batting of Luke Holland (82) and Thulani Tembela (51) that frustrated the team from Bloemfontein and secured the draw.
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Gauteng vs Border from SACS’s De Villiers Oval
Western Province vs Northerns from Rondebosch Boys’ High
Western Province first innings 260/3 (Jonathan Bird 114, Bonga Makhakha 53*; Luke Dallas 2/62); Border first innings 114 (Akhanya Rebe 34; Siyabulela Plaatjie 3/20, Jordan Collier 3/28); Western Province second innings 16/0 (Lehan Botha 16*); Border second innings 77/3 (Stuart Els 36, Akhanya Rebe 25). Western Province won on first innings.
Central Gauteng Lions first innings 202/8 (Cameron Shekleton 60, Emmanuel Motswiri 51*, Linda Ndlovu 39; Joshua Brown 3/31, Andile Mogakane 3/39, Prealin Naidu 2/16); KwaZulu-Natal first innings 151 (Andile Mogakane 34, R Robert Koenig 31; Kgaudise Molefe 4/37, Obakeng Maila 2/16). Gauteng second innings 12/1 (Bryce Parsons 12). Gauteng won on first innings.
Northerns first innings 281/5 (Dian Forrester 107*, Ludwig Kaestner 87; Lwando Gqiba 2/36); KwaZulu-Natal Inland 212 (Gareth Schreuder 44, Lwando Gqiba 39, James Ritchie 36; Dian Forrester 5/25, Ximus du Plooy 2/20). Northerns won on first innings.
Eastern Province first innings 233 (Tristan Stubbs 101, Bavu Manyakanyaka 37; Kieron Williams 3/40, Samuel Henderson 2/34); Boland first innings 118/6 (Samuel Henderson 38, Akeem Minnaar 30; Siphesihle Madlongolwana 2/13). Match Drawn.
Free State first innings 259/8 (Garnett Tarr 73, Brian Kershaw 65*; WP Myburgh 4/73); Easterns first innings 163/5 (Luke Holland 82, Thulani Tembela 51; Delano Williams 2/10, Brian Kershaw 2/19). Match Drawn.
Namibia first innings 243/6 (Divan la Cock 99, Dian Neethling 36, Ramon Wilmot 35; Fumani Maluleke 2/29); Limpopo first innings 124/8 (Glen Groenewald 34; Mauritius Ngupita 3/22). Match Drawn.
North West first innings 145 (Duan Jansen 65; Ayabonga Anthony 4/40, Reagan Rhoode 4/44); South Western Districts first innings 173/9 (Tyrece Karelse 51, Jhedli van Briesies 38; Marco Jansen 6/26). South Western Districts won on first innings.
Northern Cape first innings 137 (Resegofaditswe Mothibi 56; Jacques Vosloo 6/21, Faheem Nomani 2/13); Mpumalanga first innings 81 (Cameron Howe-Dreyer 26; Khutlwano Mokwena 3/14, Juan Mpofu 2/13); Northern Cape second innings 20/5 (Jacques Vosloo 3/11, Ewan Lombaard 2/8); Mpumalanga second innings 82/2 (Cameron Howe-Dreyer 35*; Orapeleng Motlhoaring 2/32). Mpumalanga won outright by eight wickets.