Western Province and Eastern Province to clash in main match
Western Province will face Eastern Province in the main match of this year’s Khaya Majola Week after securing a narrow victory of two runs over Gauteng in an exciting match at Michaelhouse’s Hannahs Oval.
WP’s hero was their fast bowler Siya Plaatjie (4/29) who only conceded three runs in the final over while also dismissing two batsmen with his final two deliveries. Gauteng needed only six runs in the final of the match, but only had two wickets in hand.
Plaatjie got rid of captain, Sebastian de Oliveira (21), as well as Lucky Nhleko (8) to leave Gauteng three runs short of victory. The name of Gauteng’s Jack Lees (0) also deserves a mention after he decided to walk after being given not out by the umpires being caught by Daniel Smith off Jonathan Bird’s bowling.
Western Province batted first and reached 243/5 in their allotted 50 overs thanks to half-centuries by Smith (87) and Lehan Botha (64).
Eastern Province proved too strong for Northerns with Nicholas Keevey (102*) leading the charge with a century on a difficult pitch. He also showed his worth afterward with the ball in hand picking up three wickets for 49 runs.
Boland’s Ruan Terblanche (108*) made it clear with a century against Easterns that he wants a place in one of the representative sides. Terblanche would’ve arrived at the Khaya Majola Week feeling a bit disappointed after missing out on a spot to represent South Africa at the ICC u19 World Cup next year.
The Free State managed to bag a narrow victory of one wicket over the hosts, KwaZulu-Natal Inland, despite a massive bowling effort by Mondli Khumalo. Free State hit the winning runs with the first delivery on the very last over after only chasing a modest 147 runs for victory.
The South African u19 pace merchant had the Free State batting line-up in trouble early on when he picked up a hat-trick to leave them reeling at 24/4. Khumalo dismissed Corné Viljoen (4), Ruan Cronjé (0) and Pheko Moletsane (0) with successive deliveries by rearranging Viljoen and Moletsane’s stumps and trapping Cronjé leg before.
Opening batsman Marco de Kock (85) kept the Free Staters in the match with a valiant innings. Khumalo completed the match with bowling figures of 5/35.
Limpopo’s Tiaan Enslin (5/23) also picked up a five-wicket haul as his side managed a narrow one-wicket victory over Namibia.
PHOTO: Theo Garrun
Western Province 243/5 (Daniel Smith 87, Lehan Botha 64, Guy Sheena 30*, Thembani Ngcizela 25*; Jack Lees 3/33); Gauteng 241 (Cameron Rowe 61, Heinrigh Pieterse 57, Nick Halstead-Cleak 39, Emmanuel Motswiri 32; Siya Plaatjie 4/29). Western Province won by two runs.
Eastern Province 239/8 (Nicholas Keevy 102*, Jade Smith 51, Tiaan van Vuuren 31; Merrick Brett 3/28, Zeeshan Ismail 3/48); Northerns 181 (Daniel van der Merwe 44*, Hanu Viljoen 38, Wasi Mushwana 33; Siphesihle Madlongolwana 3/20, Nicholas Keevy 3/49). Eastern Province won by 58 runs.
North West 215 (Van Zyl Smit 45, Jannie Claassens 44, Christopher de Freitas 35; Thulani Chiliza 4/16); KwaZulu-Natal 216/6 (Gareth Beavan 69, Jeremy Martins 57, Francis Moran 26; Julian Marais 1/16). KwaZulu-Natal won by four wickets.
KwaZulu-Natal Inland 146 (Jaques van der Walt 49, Michael Booth 25; Michael Kershaw 2/12, Lerato Nqoyi 2/18, Reeza Alexander 2/27); Free State 147/9 (Marco de Kock 85, Extras 22; Mondli Khumalo 5/35, Michael Booth 2/13). Free State won by one wicket.
Boland 244/6 (Ruan Terblanche 108*, Andrew Whaits 53, Ruben Senekal 44; Saahil Khan 2/35, Baadal Parag 2/47); Easterns 166 (Leander Lubbe 54, Neil Bothma 35; Gillad Oved 3/34, Juan Wilson 2/20, Anele Matya 2/39). Boland won by 78 runs.
Mpumalanga 169 (Zuan Swart 45, Lerato Mokoena 28; Heath Richards 4/19, Mesuli Vuba 3/17, Kevin de Kock 2/41); South Western Districts 131 (Tristan Reid 37; Akhulile Makatu 4/35, Anij Nagar 3/14, Zuan Swart 3/37). Mpumalanga won by 38 runs.
Namibia 138 (JC Balt 28, Extras 27; Tiaan Enslin 5/23, Prince Ngobeni 2/22); Limpopo 139/9 (Nhlamulo Mboweni 48*, Extras 29; Ettienne Beukes 3/31, Divan la Cock 2/20). Limpopo won by one wicket.
Border 150 (Nonelela Yikha 68*; Michael Jantjies 3/33, Boitumelo Melesi 2/20, Orapeleng Mtlhoaring 2/24, Elrich Cloete 2/29); Northern Cape 151/5 (Orapeleng Mtlhoaring 42; Akhona Ratyana 2/23). Northern Cape won by five wickets.