Up-and-comiong stars on show at Khaya Majola Cricket Week

2014-12-18 00:00

SOUTH Africa’s best U19 players are on show at the Khaya Majola Cricket Week in Pretoria, where the first rounds of matches were played yesterday.

It was a day that saw most encounters end in a draw, the only results coming in the Easterns against North West clash, the latter winning on the first innings, and Namibia outclassing Griquas.

The KZN side looked promising in their match against Northerns, having the upper hand when stumps were called. Playing at Pretoria Boys’ High School, KZN captain Bruce Kerr called correctly and opted to take guard first.

Northerns took wickets at regular intervals, preventing the KZN middle order batsmen making any scores of substance. Tafara Mupariwa (43), Jerome Bossr (44), Michael Hay (20) and Dolphins all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo (21) all enjoyed solid starts without being allowed to take control of the innings. Their contributions were the Lions share in KZN’s 171 all out in 50.4 overs. Best with the ball for Northerns was left-arm spinner Stefan Klopper who finished with an outstanding 7-35 in 13.4 overs from an outstanding display of slow bowling.

With ball in hand, the six KZN bowlers used put the screws on the Northern batsmen who ground out just 86 runs for the loss of six wickets from 43 overs. As with KZN, some batsmen looked threatening – Dean Foxcroft (24) and Kabelo Raseleka (23) – but they were the only strikers to venture beyond 20 as the KZN lads bowled a controlled line and length. Wickets were shared, with right-arm quick Jesse Smit the best with 2-10 in nine overs.

KZN Inland drew with Eastern Province but not before amassing a strong 254 all out in 64.2 overs at Memorial Park. Hero with the bat was Stephen Reeves whose undefeated 80 batting at number eight gave the innings the impetus it needed. Opener Sohail Mahmoud added a solid 53 and Brandan Tattam 30.

In reply, EP were on 121-7 after 53 overs, medium-pacer Lungi Ngidi grabbing 2-17 in his nine overs.

The highest team score of the day came from Western Province who posted 284-6 in 67 overs, star of the show being Kyle Verreynne who scored an undefeated 100.

Day One results

KZN Inland vs Eastern Province

KZN Inland 254 (Reeves 80*, Mahmoud 53, Tattam 30; Tait 4/48, Ndwandwa 3/53)

EP 121/7 (Haller 52, Ngidi 2/17)

Match Drawn

Gauteng vs Boland

Gauteng 224 (Roelofsen 55, Rickelton 50, Mvelase 33; Fortuin 4/45)

Boland 136/3 (Moses 37, Gafieldien 31)

Match Drawn

SWD vs Border

SWD 185/6 dec (Heunis 50, Bouwer 43)

Border 153/5 (Niemand 57*, Ntondini 43)

Match Drawn

Easterns vs North West

Easterns 158 (CJ van der Walt 58; Leokaoke 2/14)

North West 169/7 (Steenkamp 55, Le Roux 36; Tshabalala 3/24)

Match Drawn (North West won on 1st innings)

Western Province vs Free State

WP 284/6 dec (Verreynne 100*,Christensen 78, Graham 40, Galiem 31; Van Greuning 4/83)

FS 135/4 (Pienaar 64)

Match Drawn

Northerns vs KZN Coastal

KZN 171 (Bossr 44, Mupariwa 43; Klopper 7/35)

Northerns 86/6 (Foxcroft 24, Smit 2/10)

Match Drawn

Limpopo vs Mpumalanga

Limpopo 205/9 dec (Louw 53, Mathebula 44, Potgieter 33; Nepgen 3/44)

Mpumalanga 186/8 (Van Niekerk 79, Prinsloo 3/27)

Match Drawn

Griquas vs Namibia

Namibia 177 (Du Preez 67, Green 39; Rohlandt 5/49)

Griquas 57 (JJ Smit 3/16, Snyman 3/7)

Namibia 46/2 dec (Green 30*)

Griquas 81/5 (Alexander 33)

Namibia won outright

Today’s Fixtures

Western Province v Northerns

Gauteng v KwaZulu-Natal Inland

Eastern Province v Boland

KwaZulu-Natal v Free State

Mpumalanga v Easterns

Namibia v SWD

Border v Griquas

North West v Limpopo

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