KZN put in a good fight, before rain suspended play

2014-12-19 00:00

RAIN frustrated players, officials and organisers on the second day of the U19 Khaya Majola Cricket Week in Pretoria.

Declaration matches were scheduled for the day, the same format as day one, but grey skies delivered more than their fair share of rain, which made play impossible as the fields were drenched. Of the eight scheduled matches, only the Namibia against SWD at the Eesterust Cricket Ground got under way, ending in a draw.

For the rest, it was a case of watching the heavens, sitting around and hoping some play would be possible.

As the morning slipped away, organisers set 2 pm as the starting point, all matches reduced to 20/20 encounters. These matches did start, but it was enough to anger the weather gods who showed their dissatisfaction in being defied, sending more rain to curtail the day once and for all.

All the matches, bar one, finished as no results, but in the time allowed for play, there were some interesting battles brewing. The KZN lads were up against Free State at the Laudium Oval, where Free State won the toss and batted first. They were restricted to just 86 in their 20 overs, the only resistance coming from Fritz de Beer with 31.

KZN’s bowlers took a grip on matters early, making good use of a wicket that had been under the covers that resulted in tricky batting conditions.

Right-arm quick Jesse Smit bagged 4-12 in three overs, as Andile Phehlukwayo, Okuhle Cele, Ainsley Ndlovu and Nazeer Jaffar claimed a wicket each. KZN batted for just five balls, reaching four for the loss of Jerome Bossr.

The KZN Inland side met Gauteng at St Alban’s and were 12 overs into their innings after opting for first strike, when the game was called off. They had reached 80-3, opener Sohail Mahmoud contributing 34.

Top batsmen on the day were Janneman Malan (Northerns) who scored 79* against Western Province and Boland’s Sean de Necker who slammed 75 against Eastern Province.

Three other scores of 50 or more were registered. Smit’s bowling figures against Free State was the lone standout for the ball throwers.

Today’s fixtures see the same clashes scheduled for day two going ahead, but as 50-over matches.

Khaya Majola Week day two results

Boland v Eastern Province

Boland 124/4 (De Necker 75, Odendaal 31; Tait 2/16)

EP DNB

No Result

Border v Griquas

Border 150/4 (Isaac 64*, Oliphant 31; Mokwena 2/19)

Griquas DNB

No Result

Easterns v Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga 81/3 (Griesel 37*; Ntombela 2/16)

Easterns DNB

No Result

Free State v KZN Coastal

Free State 86/8 (De Beer 31; Smit 4/12)

KZN Coastal 4/1

No Result

Gauteng v KZN Inland

KZN Inland 80/3 (Mahmoud 34; Scholtz 2/17)

Gauteng DNB

No Result

Limpopo v North West

North West 144/5 (Haasbroek 48; JP Prinsloo 3/25)

Limpopo 12/2 (Meyer 2/6)

North West won by 26 runs on D/L

Namibia v SWD

Namibia 213/9 dec (Julius 68,Green 57, JJ Smit 32; Janse van Rensburg 3/64)

SWD 66/4 (Heunis 22*, Marrow 21; JJ Smit 2/18)

Match Drawn

Northerns v Western Province

Northerns 142/4 (Malan 79*, Ludick 32; Dawood 2/21)

WP DNB

No Result

Today’s fixtures (50 overs)

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

Northwest v Limpopo.

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