Crease more to the batsmen’s liking

2011-12-21 00:00

THE batsmen at last produced better displays on the fifth and final day of the U19 Coca Cola Khaya Majola week in Cape Town.

Only the second century of the week was made by Free State’s Andries Gous (Grey College) playing against Mpumalanga. The first ton was scored by Murray Coetzee (Pretoria BHS) for Northerns against Free State on the second day.

With batting conditions more to their liking, the two KZN teams got back on the winning side. Following 85 in 86 balls by Calvin Savage (Maritzburg College), Inland reached an imposing 237 for 8 against South Western Districts. Grove Venter (Glenwood) took Coastals to a competitive 228 against Northerns.

Jason Shield (Hilton) was the next best batsman for Inland and Robin Mitchell (St Charles) weighed in with 28 in 27 balls. SWD were never in the game as wickets fell and they were all out for 86 in the 21st over.

Four bowlers were used, the College speedsters Savage, Daryn Dupavillon and Fezela Memela with medium pace from Keagan Davids (St Charles). All four captured two wickets apiece. The other two wickets were from run­outs. Together with Venter, Jared van Heerden (DHS) and Senuran Muthusamy (Clifton) helped Coastals to 228 all out with one ball remaining.

Craig Kirsten (Kearsney) again was devastating as he captured the top four batsmen for just 24 on the scoreboard. Northerns never recovered and they were all out for 151 in the 47th over.

Kirsten ended with 4 for 20 in eight overs. Kyle Simmonds (Westville) and Van Heerden each captured two wickets. Gerald Pike (Garsfontein) did add some respectability to their score with a half century.

Boland were crowned unofficial champions after beating Western Province in the main game of the day. WP were unbeaten with four wins and a draw and Boland lost their time game against Easterns on the second day, winning the other four. This was one of only two wins by the side batting second. At 31 for 4 Boland looked in trouble chasing the 214 scored by WP. Two Paarl BHS batsmen, Rudolph Pollard and Jean Bredenkamp, added 126 for the fifth wicket, which took them close to the target.

Pollard ended on an unbeaten 90 scored off 110 balls and Bredenkamp was out for 71. Another surprise was Gauteng, expected to be one of the form sides going into the week, losing against Griqualand West, arguably the surprise side of the week. Most of the teams were much closer in abilities than in the past, with Gauteng and Free State playing below their previous standards.

Scores in brief (50 overs):

KZN Inland 237-8 (C Savage 85, J Shield 36), J van Vuuren 4/54)

SWD 86 (L du Plessis 26)

Inland won by 151 runs

KZN Coastal 228 (G Venter 83, J van Heerden 37, S Muthusamy 30, C Buitendag 3/30)

Northerns 151 (G Pike 50, C Kirsten 4/24)

Coastals won by 77 runs

Western Province 214 (D Bedingham 49, R Cronje 31, R Pollard 3/22, C Brockman 3/38)

Boland 215-5 (R Pollard 93*, J Bredenkamp 71, T Muller 3/22)

Boland won by 5 wkts

Eastern Province 275-8 (M Rushmere 82, E Moore 55, I Herold 46, A Muller 3/68)

Easterns 125 (E Moore 4/19, S Abrahams 3/23)

EP won by 150 runs

Griqualand West 176-8 (Z le Roux 47, X Pitcher 41, D Rhoda 3/32)

Gauteng 136 (B Jaftha 28, A Brooker 4/20, D McKenzie 3/22)

Griquas won by 40 runs

Border 165 (A Ferreira 34, T Nefale 3/12)

Limpopo 122 (D Joubert 37, E Nonyukela 5/89, N Sigwili 3/17)

Border won by 43 runs

Free State 278-5 (A Gous 137, S Ntshona 39*)

Mpumalanga 130 (D Lombaard 28, V Orros 3/37)

Free State won by 148 runs

North West 179 (R Viljoen 90, W van Vuuren 4/34, Z Groenewald 3/38)

Namibia 183-7 (G Lotter 55, C Coombe 34, H Lemmer 4/48) Namibia won by 3 wkts

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