Quickies on top at youth week

2011-12-15 20:59

Cape Town - The Coca-Cola Khaya Majola under-19 Schools Cricket Week got off to a nail-biting start here on Thursday when Eastern Province and Gauteng tied on the first innings and Western Province beat Northerns on the first innings with their last pair at the crease.

In the latter match No 11 batsman Ntsika Shushu came to the crease with Northerns still leading by 8 runs but he managed to hold out long enough for his partner, Taariq Chiecktey, to get his side across the line.

Western Province were bowled out for a lead of 2 runs with Northerns replying with 36/2 in the remaining 13 overs available for play.

Eastern Province did extremely well to tie with Gauteng after batting first and losing six wickets for less than 40 runs before recovering to 102 all out.

As was the case in most of the matches there was a considerable advantage in bowling first as the pitches took time to dry out after an unseasonable cold front on Wednesday.

Anrich Nortje had a fine all-round match for Eastern Province, making second top score of 27 for his side and sharing a partnership with Curtis Samboer (29) that got the innings back on its feet.

Nortje, opening the bowling with the equally impressive Solomzi Nqweni, then took two quick wickets before lunch to make sure that the Gauteng batsmen were put under early pressure. Nortje finished with 5/32 and Nqweni with 3/25 to ensure a thrilling finish to the first innings.

Earlier Gareth Harte had collected a five-wicket haul for Gauteng.

Eastern Province closed the day on 54/2 in their second innings.

In the difficult conditions runs were hard to come by in most matches with Diego Rosier of Griquas making easily the top score of the day of 87 to help his side beat Namibia by 39 runs on the first innings.

By contrast, five-wicket hauls were fairly commonplace and, even allowing for the conditions, there is a good crop of exciting fast bowlers at this year’s week.

Apart from the Eastern Province pair there were impressive performances by the Western Province opening attack of Travis Muller and Josh Fransman while Charl van der Merwe of Northerns took 5/20 in the same match. In the same game Jovaun van Wyngaardt showed his class for Northerns, making 49 not out and then taking 3/37.

Boland produced the performance of the day in routing Border for 31 runs. Jan Frylinck, who also made top score for Boland, is a left-hander to watch for the future alongside their established national players, Rabian Engelbrecht and Lizaad Williams, who unfortunately suffered a side strain after bowling only 3 deliveries.

Boland took a lead of 93 runs on the first innings and Border did much better second time around to play out time comfortably at 139/5 .

Another left-handed quick to catch the eye was Vincent Moore of Easterns. He was unable to save his side from defeat but KZN Inland were pushed all the way in winning by two wickets after being set a modest total of 144.

His side suffered a disastrous collapse to lose their last five wickets for a handful of runs with Calvin Savage and Darryn du Pavillon sharing seven wickets between them for KZN Inland and that proved to be the decisive moment of the match.

The KZN Coastal side had a much more comfortable first innings victory over Free State after bowling out their opponents for 77. They then replied with 185/7 before Free State batted out the match.

The matches between Limpopo and Mpumalanga and SWD and North West were only able to start after lunch and not surprisingly both finished in no results in the limited time available. Marcello Piedt took 5/25 for SWD and Wiehahn Joubert 5/26 for Mpumalanga in two low-scoring contests.

Summarised scorecards:

Eastern Province first innings 102 (Curtis Samboer 29, Anrich Nortjé 27; Gareth Harte 5/22, Thami Rapelego 2/3, Shaylen Pillay 2/8); Gauteng first innings 102 (Gareth Harte 39; Anrich Nortjé 5/32, Solomzi Nqweni 3/25, Thomas Hobson 2/6); Eastern Province second innings 54/2 (Edward Moore 20*, Michael Rushmere 18; Michael Faasen 1/1, Shaylen Pillay 1/8). Match tied on first innings.

Easterns first innings 143 (Henri van Dyk 50, Henning du Plooy 45; Colin Savage 4/19, Darryn Pavillon 3/41); KwaZulu-Natal Inland 147/8 (Jason Shield 69, Bantu Futshane 22; Edward Moore 2/20, Anton Muller 2/24). KwaZulu-Natal Inland won on first innings.

Border first innings 31 (Russel Sansom 13; Clint Brockman 3/1, Jan Frylinck 3/15, Jean Bredenkamp 2/5, Rabian Engelbrecht 2/8); Boland first innings 124/9 decl. (Jan Frylinck 33, Gideon Conradie 23, Keegan Pietersen 20; Russel Samson 3/16, Sinovuyo Ngqoba 2/19); Border second innings 139/5 (Marko Marais 46, Aubrey Ferreira 42; Keegan Pietersen 2/20). Boland won on the first innings.

Free State first innings 77 (Vasili Orros 40; Craig Kirsten 4/23, Prenelan Subrayen 2/2, Jared van Heerden 2/9); KwaZulu-Natal first innings 185/7 (Mishkal Ramsaroop 42, Mark Airey 37, Khalipa Cele 37; Gary Groenewald 2/18). Free State second innings 58/2 (Andries Gous 42*; Senuran Muthusamy 1/3, Prenelan Subrayen 1/14). KwaZulu-Natal won on first innings.

Northerns first innings 142 (Jovaun van Wyngaardt 49*; Josh Fransman 2/11, Travis Muller 2/23, Hillo de Abreu 2/30); Western Province first innings 144 (Hillio de Abreu 40, Taariq Chiecktey 30; Charl van der Merwe 5/20, Jovaun van Wyngaardt 3/37, Regardt Verster 2/26); Northerns second innings 36/2 (Lerato Kgoatle 21*; Josh Fransman 1/4).
Western Province won on first innings.

Namibia first innings 170 (Bredell Wessels 54, Wian van Vuuren 42, Zhivago Groenewald 34; Jaco Buys 3/31, Kagisho Mohale 2/25); Griqualand West first innings 209/8 decl. (Diego Rosier 87, Sergio Arends 50, Keegan Muller 36; JJ Smit 4/50, Bredell Wessels 3/41); Namibia second innings 42/1 (Hendré Vorster 17*; Jaco Buys 1/20).
Griqualand West won on first innings.

North West 103 (Rupert Viljoen 30, Yusuf Layer 25; Marcello Piedt 5/25, Ottniel Baartman 2/12); South Western Districts 75/6 (Ruan Stander 26; Herman Smith 2/19, Schalk Steyn 2/23). Match Drawn.

Limpopo first innings 127/9 (Nsovo Baloyi 51; Wiehahn Joubert 5/26); Mpumalanga 109/7 (Roger Arendse 19; Dewald Joubert 3/30). Match drawn.