Majola sees SA’s best

2014-12-22 00:00

SOUTH Africa’s best U19 cricket players rounded off proceedings at this year’s edition of the U19 Khaya Majola Week in Pretoria yesterday with all the sides involved in 50-over matches.

With the majority of Saturday’s matches again admitting defeat to the weather when thunder and lightning threatened, it was refreshing to see all yesterday’s clashes producing results. With conditions affected by the rain, pitches were tricky and difficult to bat on throughout the week, the KZN Coastal side in particular struggling at times with their batting, none more so than failing to chase 103 in a T20 game against Free State and falling five runs short.

However, it went better for them yesterday when they signed off with a strong eight-wicket defeat of Boland at Pretoria Boys’ High School. Choosing to bat first, Boland battled to 147 all out in 48.4 overs, with half the side getting starts, but unable to better Heinrich Odendaal’s 30.

KZN skipper Bruce Kerr used seven bowlers, the best being Nazeer Jaffar with 3-22 in six overs and Andile Phehlukwayo 3-27 in 8.4 overs. Bradley Wheal, Jesse Smit and Ainsley Ndlovu bagged a wicket apiece.

KZN’s reply was led by Michael Hay’s undefeated 75 from 130 balls as his side reached 148-2 in 41.5 overs. Fellow Glenwood batsman Jerome Bossr was left with 23 runs in the bank when victory came, the pair in an unbroken third wicket stand of 81 after they came together at 67-2. The only Boland bowlers to get reward were Isma-eel Gafieldin and Coenie Nel.

KZN Inland were up against Northerns at the Groenkloof Oval, where the latter got home by 74 runs after a strong batting performance. Batting first after winning the toss, Northerns reached a respectable 254-6 in their 50 overs, runs coming from Dean Foxcroft (60*), Evan Jones (59) and Kabelo Raseleka (32). Inland’s Brad Hope had the most success with the ball claiming 3-43 from eight overs.

Inland made a fight of the chase but, with no batsmen dominating, it was always an uphill battle. They succumbed for 180 in 46.1 overs, with Stephen Reeves (47*), Gavin Morris (36) and Hope (25) contributing but failing to make it count.

Best with the ball was Nkosinathi Msiza (3-29) in 10 tight overs.

Best overall batsmen on the day were Free State’s Koot Pienaar with 85 against Mpumalanga, Border’s Mncendisi with 84 against Limpopo and Hay’s 75*. Altogether, 13 batsmen passed the 50 mark.

Best bowling on the day came from Border’s Sithembele Langa, who blew Limpopo away with 6-18.

This brought to an end this year’s U19 cricket week. While results were not the major factor, players wanted to impress the selectors ahead of the announcement of the SA Schools and SA Colts sides.

Khaya Majola U19 Cricket Week — day five results

Western Province v Gauteng

WP 170 (Galiem 37; Phillips 3/18, Scholtz 2/8, Mvelase 2/37)

Gauteng 173/6 (Rickelton 56, Ackerman 28; Sebareme 4/54)

Gauteng won by 4 wickets

Boland v KZN Coastal

Boland 147 (Odendaal 30; Phehlukwayo 3/25, Jaffar 3/22)

KZN 148/2 (Hay 75*, Bossr 23*)

KZN Coastal won by 8 wickets

KZN Inland v Northerns

Northerns 254/6 (Foxcroft 60*, Jones 59, Raseleka 32; Hope 3/43)

KZN Inland 180 (Reeves 47*,Morris 36; Msiza 3/29)

Northerns won by 74 runs

Easterns Province v North West

EP 145 (Mills 33; Xaba 3/33, Seroalo 2/19, Meyer 2/24)

NW 146/6 (Le Roux 41*, Xaba 39; Ndwandwa 3/29)

North West won by 4 wickets

Border v Limpopo

Border 239/9 (Malika 84, Ntondini 51; Potgieter 4/44, Botha 3/35)

Limpopo 124 (Potgieter 52; Langa 6/18, Ngadlela 4/32)

Border won by 115 runs

Free State v Mpumalanga

Free State 249/9 (Pienaar 85, Bezuidenhout 52; Manyisa 3/44)

Mpumalanga 88 (Potgieter 33; Whitehead 4/28, Van Greuning 3/6)

Free State won by 161 runs

Namibia v Easterns

Namibia 238 (Smit 51, Olivier 35; Dylan Rayner 3/20, Meade 2/33)

Easterns 185 (Sekukhune 59, Meade 51, Zulu 33; Smit 4/24, Van Schoor 3/39)

Namibia won by 53 runs

Griquas v SWD

Griquas 201 (Visagie 67, Mokwena 40; Visagie 3/21, Rossouw 2/21)

SWD 180 (Muller 43, Visagie 41; Manake 3/29, Rohlandt 2/21)

Griquas won by 21 runs

South African Schools

Ryan Rickeleton (St Stithians, Gauteng), Koot Pienaar (St Andrew’s, Free State), Matthew Christensen (Rondebosch, Western Province, capt), Kyle Verreyene (SACS, Western Province), Grant Roelofsen (King Edward, Gauteng), Dayyaan Galiem (Rondebosch, Western Province), Andile Phehlukwayo (Glenwood, KwaZulu-Natal), Stefan Klopper (Centurion, Northerns), Emmanuel Sebareme (Steenberg, Western Province), Lwandiswa Zuma (Maritzburg College, KwaZulu-Natal Inland), Sithembele Langa (Sakhisizwue High, Border), Sean Whitehead (St Andrew’s, Free State).

South African Schools Colts

Isama-Eel Gafieldien (Western Cape Sports School, Boland), Sohail Mahmoud (Maritzburg College, KwaZulu-Natal Inland), Janneman Malan (Waterkloof, Northerns), Marques Ackerman (St Stithians, Gauteng, capt), Jean Heunis (Langenhoven Gimnasuim, SWD), Willem Ludick (Waterkloof, Northerns), Lesogo Senokwane (St Conrad’s College, North West), Ndumiso Mvelase (St John’s, Gauteng), Marno van Greuning (St Andrew’s, Free State), Nicholas Scholtz (St Stithians, Gauteng), Conor Mckerr (St John’s, Gauteng), Isaac Bathandwa (Hudson Park, Border).

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