Close encounters for KZN sides at U17 national week

2012-12-18 00:00

ON Friday, the U17 national week was in its third day in Cape Town and all sides played two T20 games. KZN Coastal had two comfortable wins while KZN Inland had two agonisingly close matches with a loss and a win.

In the morning session, Coastals made a very competitive 174 and then had Griquas 93 for eight at the close. Nick Pentz (Westville) top-scored with 56 in 35 balls, with support from Gareth Wissing (Glenwood) and Tristan Tedder (Kearsney). Jordan Gregory (Kearsney) and Sereshin Moodley (Northwood) both captured three wickets.

Inland bowlers did well to restrict Gauteng to 109 for eight in the 20 overs, where spinner Luke Stevens (Michaelhouse) opened the bowling and captured four wickets in the first eight overs, finishing with four for 11 in his four overs. At 46 for two, Inland should have gone on for a win, but fell just seven runs short at the close with one wicket in hand. Marc van Wymeersch (Hilton) top-scored with 19.

In the afternoon, Inland won the game against Border by just five runs after making 128 for seven. Jason Marshall (Michaelhouse) with 45 in 41 balls and Andrew Darroch (St Charles) with 34 in 21 balls were the batting mainstays. Darroch was the best of the bowlers, ending with two wickets in the Border score of 123 for six.

Coastals made 119 for eight, with Dale van der Merwe (Northwood) top-scoring with 36. Free State’s Christian Steyn (Grey College), who scored a century against Inland on Thursday, was dismissed by the third ball of the first over by Gregory. Thereafter, wickets continued to tumble and Ainsley Ndlovu (DHS) finished with five for 11 in his four overs as Free State was bowled out for 77.

On Saturday, the games were 50 overs and again Inland coach Ismail Kajee had to bite his nails. Inland lost against SWD by one wicket with just two balls remaining in the game. Two Maritzburg College boys — Shaun Wornmington and Tyron Walsh — were the top scorers in a total of 157, but Inland were guilty of not batting out their overs as they still had just over six overs remaining. If their fielding, particularly catching, had been better, they would have won the game. Walsh ended with three wickets.

Coastals also found runs difficult to make and they were bowled out for 133 with just two overs remaining. Only two players — Ryan Wallace (Kearsney) with 44 and Tevin Varatharajalu (Glenwood) with 28 — reached double figures against the Zimbabwe bowlers. Zimbabwe reached the target in the 41st over with five wickets down.

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