Ashleigh van Wyk Smashes 148 at CSA’s U16 Girls Week in Pietermaritzburg

The players made the best of available play despite a brief break for rain on Day 3 at the 2023 CSA U16 Girls Week in Pietermaritzburg, with some sparkling individual performances lighting up the day.

The Gauteng Lions continued to assert their dominance with another big win and Ashleigh van Wyk joined the list of centurions at this year’s event as she drove Easterns to a victory over Northern Cape.

Van Wyk blasted 23 boundaries, including six maximums, for the top score of the day,contributing 148 to her team’s massive 350/8.

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Mieke van Voorst added 49 to further compound a massive challenge for Northern Cape. Bowlers’ Tharsinii Sagathevan, Kananelo Mokoena and Micaela Edwards then combined effectively to cut short any hope of a miracle chase and secure a lopsided victory for the Eastern Storm girls.

The Gauteng Lions’ Fay Cowling and Neo Molefe demolished Western Province, with both recording unbeaten centuries. Molefe, who has yet to lose her wicket at this year’s event, scored her second ton in as many matches.

Danica Marais excelled for Eastern Province, capturing seven wickets in a thrilling battle against KwaZulu-Natal Inland.

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Marais and Tara Nel wreaked havoc on the KZN Inland batting, but Tana Sinclair launched an inspired solo fightback attempt, tallying an undefeated 50 runs to take her side to within four runs of victory. Unfortunately for Sinclair, she had to watch helplessly from the non-striker’s end as the final wicket fell.

With more rain expected on day four, the scheduled T20 fixtures will be moved to ensure everyone gets at least one game in on Friday.

Summarised Scorecards of Day 3 of Cricket SA’s U16 Girls’ Week 

Free State 98 (Leoze Lottering 33, Zanelle Carelsen 26; Hannah Warner 4/12, Zukiswa Msiya 2/4, Ziyanda Xula 2/6)

KwaZulu-Natal 85 (Hannah Warner 58; Lebogang Thoabala 3/24, Lebohang Rakoeane 2/17, Carlin Pienaar 2/26)

Free State won by 13 runs

Limpopo 172 (Extras 59, Blondy Baloyi 32, Respect Mabasa 22, Renet Schoeman 20; Elam Mbetshu 3/28, Azomila Silera 2/15, Lathitha Swartbooi 2/27, Unakho Gwala 2/36)

Border 74 (Extras 24 Lathitha Swartbooi 15; D Robson 3/2, Murisi Rikhotso 3/37)

Limpopo won by 98 runs

Gauteng Lions 281/2 (Fay Cowling 109*, Neo Molefe 107*, Keabetwe Hlake 24; Jade Wyngaard 1/34)

Western Province 125 (Imaan van Schalkwyk 35, Onke Batwa 32, Extras 29; Nosiphiwe Mashele 3/21, Thuto Thibedi 2/33)

Gauteng Lions won by 156 runs

Garden Route Badgers 87 (Extras 32; Charmaine Shongwe 2/8, Hayley Havenga 2/9)

Mpumalanga 91/4 (Jessica Staubli 25*, Lillie Blignault 20; Nadia Wentzel 2/18)

Mpumalanga won by six wickets

Titans 46 (Extras 15, Gabrielle Sequiera 9*; Lesedi Loate 2/4, Puseletso Sekhute 2/4, Koketso Molefe 2/6, Tebogo Moate 2/15)

North West 36 (Extras 16, Hendriet Jacobs 13; Lerato Sinabyoni 3/6, Mohau Phasha 3/11, Jane Verhage 3/14)

Titans won by 10 runs

Boland 257 (Extras 58, Wanda Mari Ham 53, Cornelia Destroo 46, Tayman Muggels 41, Janel Steenkamp 22, Amyoli Senti 20; Enkosi Mditswa 3/50, Papama Zinyosi 2/17, Thembakazi Gegesi 2/28, Olwethu Njani 2/29)

Kei 77 (Anezo Skrenye 36, Extras 22; Janel Steenkamp 4/20, Taylum Moses 2/2, Beantra Daniels 2/10)

Boland won by 180 runs

Eastern Province 113 (Extras 32, Danica Marais 17; Minenhle Mkhize 3/36, Nothando Khumalo 2/2, Luthando Ngcobo 2/25)

KwaZulu-Natal Inland 110 (Tana Sinclair 50*, Extras 27; Danica Marais 7/40, Tara Nel 2/4)

Eastern Province won by three runs

Easterns 350/8 (Ashleigh van Wyk 148, Extras 74, Mieke van Voorst 49; Bokao Ntuane 2/51, Onolo Masabala 2/58)

Northern Cape 94 (Extras 36, Mine Auret 15; Tharsinii Sagathevan 3/12, Kananelo Mokoena 2/11, Micaela Edwards 2/15)

Easterns won by 256 runs

Original Copy: Willem Louw for SuperSport Schools

Photo Caption: Ashleigh van Wyk joined the list of centurions at this year’s event as she drove Easterns to a victory over Northern Cape on the third day of the CSA U16 Girls Week. Photo: Screengrab of Supersport Schools match recording

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