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WP and KZN Inland to face-off against each other in Khaya Majola Week main match

By Hannes Nienaber , in cricket Cricket | News Schools , at 17 December 2022

PHOTO: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images

Western Province will face KwaZulu-Natal Inland in the main match of the annual Khaya Majola Week in Stellenbosch on Sunday.

It will be Western Province’s first appearance in the main match since 2019. The side has however made seven appearances in the main match since 2012.

The last time WP came out on top in the main match of the week was back in 2012 when captained by David Beddingham with Zubayr Hamza in their midst they defeated Gauteng by four wickets in Potchefstroom.

It will also only be the third main match since 2012 that Gauteng is not in action in this prestigious match.

KZN Inland defeated the Central Gauteng Lions by five wickets to keep their unbeaten for this year’s tournament intact. Inland’s Jason Muirhead (76) weighed in with a valuable half-century to move into the position of top run-scorer at the week with 138 runs.

The Lions’ SA u19 pace merchant Kwena Maphaka (3/39) once again led his side’s bowling attack with distinction. Maphaka has taken eight wickets at the cost of only 75 runs so far during the tournament.

Western Province kept their unbeaten record intact by defeating North West by five wickets. The latter was reduced to only 85 runs with Liyema Waqu (4/38) and Abdullah Bayoumy (2/9) causing most of the damage.

KwaZulu-Natal’s Romashan Pillay (100) recorded the only century of the third day in his side’s 72-run victory over Easterns.

Border Kei’s Esam Mpafa caused the Namibian Cheetahs’ batsmen problems as he picked up five wickets at the cost of 60 runs with his spin bowling. It did however not prevent his side from suffering a 140-run defeat.

The Cheetahs’ JC Balt (70) and Gerhard Janse van Rensburg (54) managed to get their team to 254 runs thanks to half-centuries. Kei was restricted to only 114 runs with PD Blignaut (3/11), Balt (3/22), and Dirkie Theunissen (2/8) all bowling well.

Northern Cape is the only other side that will enter the final day’s play with their unbeaten record intact after beating Mpumalanga by seven wickets. Tumiso Seetelo shone with the ball in hand removing four batsmen at the cost of a mere 23 runs.

The Titans defeated the hosts, Boland, by seven wickets thanks to a solid half-century by opening batsman Christiaan du Toit (77).

Summarised Scorecards (Limited Overs): 

North West 85 (Dewald du Plessis 37; Liyema Waqu 4/38, Abdullah Bayoumy 2/9, Cameron Fraser 2/24); Western Province 87/5 (Maahir Joseph 31, Juan James 27; Samuel Bobraine 2/19, Paballo Madisa 2/42). Western Province won by five wickets.

Boland 173/9 (William September 41, Nathan Jacobs 38*, Riley Norton 28; Leo Sadler 3/22, Tristan Luus 2/56); Titans 174/3 (Christiaan du Toit 77, Bhamji Suleman 72*; Riley Norton 3/37). Titans won by seven wickets.

Central Gauteng Lions 157 (Thebe Gazide 34, Neil Timmers 28, Richard Seletswane 20; Nathan Beaumont 3/20,  Matipa Denenga 2/18); KwaZulu-Natal Inland 161/5 (Jason Muirhead 76, Jake Carstens 44*; Kwena Maphaka 3/39). KwaZulu-Natal Inland won by five wickets.

KwaZulu-Natal 220/5 (Romashan Pillay 100, Aryan Gopalan 42, Evan Fouché 31; Martin Khumalo 3/42); Easterns 148 (Simele Maye 44, Jeandré Byleveld 35; Sagel Rajakumar 2/10, Ryan Jairaj 2/11, Aryan Gopalan 2/23). KwaZulu-Natal won by 72 runs.

Free State 205/9 (Foster Lubbe 68, Khanyisile Nondwangu 31, Thabiso Nkoe 27*, Samokelo Lepheto 27; Simnikile Soyaya 3/39, Aphiwe Mnyanda 2/43); Eastern Province 103 (Casey Keevy 38, Ashley Ostling 22; Johnathan Muller 4/13, Foster Lubbe 2/13, Dakalo Leketa 2/17). Free State won by 102 runs.

Border 135 (Tre Gilbert 62, Ryan Denston 23; Kamvalihle Qusheka 2/5, Liyabonga Malefi 2/6, Charl-Francois Marais 2/13, Ewald de Jager 2/21, Thurstin Murphy 2/24); Garden Route Badgers 111 (Thurstin Murphy 32, Extras 27, Liyabonga Malefi 26; Tyler Stagg 3/25, Ryan Denston 2/23). Border won by 24 runs.

Mpumalanga 102 (Sphumelelo Madonsela 21, Hannes Feuth 21, Extras 20; Tumiso Seetelo 4/23, Monnapule Jansen 2/13, Paseka Jonker 2/24); Northern Cape 105/3 (Igsaan Alexander 43, Kgotso Motlwai 37). Northern Cape won by seven wickets.

Namibia Welwitchias 104 (Jandré Botha 25; Khaif Patel 2/4, Ntemi Madimola 2/16, Masilo Moremi 2/18, Gideon Goosen 2/43); Limpopo 105/5 (Shelton Ngobeni 45; Nico Pieters 2/21, Ben Burger 2/22). Limpopo won by five wickets.

Namibia Cheetahs 254 (JC Balt 70, Gerhard Janse van Rensburg 54, Extras 34, Hansie de Villiers 24; Esam Mpafa 5/60, Faiz Shaik 2/39); Kei 114 (Ntsika Ngqukumba 26, Extras 29, Thabiso Rebert 20*; PD Blignaut 3/11, JC Balt 3/22, Dirkie Theunissen 2/8). Namibia Cheetahs won by 140 runs.


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