Coastal League: Border Earn Scratchy Home Win
East London hosted the provincial derby clash between Border and Eastern Province on Saturday past ( Click here to download the Score Sheet 11.43 Kb), but the visitors would have rued their decision to bat having won the toss, after posting a sub-par total of 91 all out in the 35th over.
G Fritz and V Bonya were responsible for removing the openers, and each scooped four wickets in the home side’s fielding effort, while the best effort by EP was middle-order batswoman J Nell, who earned a mere 17 runs for her side, while Border contributed 22 in extras.
Their turn to bat, Border openers K Soka and R Kretzmann were quickly removed (M Seale best bowling, with four for 33 in nine), but despite poor batting, the home side managed to prevail, making the required total in the thirtieth over for a bonus-point win.
Boland Too Much for Travelling KZN-I
Boland hosted KwaZulu-Natal Inland at the Easterns Cricket Club in Kraaifontein ( Click here to download the Score Sheet 11.27 Kb), and their invitation to bat after winning the toss served up welcome results, when they skittled KZN-I out for 73 runs in 43 overs, the only worthy effort by P Payne, her patient 25 runs in 94 balls.
AE Smith was best bowler for the home side, earning four wickets for just 13 runs. Their turn to bat, Boland achieved their bonus-point win with Y can der Westhuizen (24*) and AL Hodgkinson (24*) taking the side home comfortably after an early scare, losing the wickets of S Loubser, A Petersen, CSTerblanche and AE Smith cheaply.
KwaZulu-Natal Beat SWD in Close Encounter
The final Coastal League match between hosts KwaZulu Natal and South Western Districts in Chatsworth began with the hosts put in to bat ( Click here to download the Score Sheet 11.40 Kb), and national ‘keeper T Chetty made the most of home conditions to score a splendid 103 (140 balls) including 12 boundaries.
Also in the runs was captain J Logtenberg, who added a patient half-century before being bowled by E Basson, for a final enticing score of 219 for 3. Their turn at the crease, SWD did well after a shaky start, but after a gallant effort by the middle order, the travellers were all bowled out for 194, with one ball to spare.
K Tapp was most effective with the ball for the home side, taking all three opening wickets for a heavy price of 72 runs in her 10 overs, and was well supported by the more miserly J Hambrook (10-1-24-2) and H Wheeler (8-1-29-2).
Coastal League Summary:
Border, Western Province and Boland each boast 100% wins to appear at the top of the Coastal League log in that order ( Click here to download the Log), but Border remains on top as the only side to have played on all three weekends so far. Eastern Province and KwaZulu-Natal remain in the middle of the log, and will have to improve to challenge for a Super Sixes place later on.
Inland League: Gauteng Fortunate to Stay on Top
Gauteng hosted Free State in Lenasia on Saturday ( Click here to download the Score Sheet 11.37 Kb), and chose to bowl first against a visiting side that had won strongly in their two opening matches, and A Veeriah struck early to put pressure on.
A patient Free State middle order restored some calm, but once K Hartnady removed top-scorer SM Benade, the visiting side conceded a good start by a failing middle-to-lower order, who added a mere 8 runs for the last six wickets, for a total of 142 in the penultimate over.
Free State captain Benade (9.5-5-31-4) took out her frustration on the Gauteng top order, and captured all four top batswomen for fourteen runs, before Gauteng managed to get no’s 7 and 8, C Ritter (51 in 95 balls) and A Veeriah (42* in 80 balls), came together for an invaluable 87-run partnership, to guide Gauteng to a fortunate third win in the league.
Mpuma Share Points with Easterns
In the final scheduled match on Saturday, poor weather forced a shared result between hosts Mpumalanga and Easterns, when the match was abandoned without a ball bowled.
Northerns bring Griqualand West Down to Earth
The tournament’s first Sunday fixture featured Northerns hosting Griqualand West in Pretoria ( Click here to download the Score Sheet 11.33 Kb), and it bode ill for the visitors, who being asked to bat, collapsed to their first loss of the season, when a fired-up host side lead by C van der Westhuizen (10-2-12-4) skittled Griqualand West out for a total of 59 in the 39th over.
In reply the home side strolled to an early win in the fifteenth over, with J Knoetze and Z Tayob top-scored in quick time, for a seven-wicket bonus-point win.
Inland League Summary:
The Inland League ( Click here to download the Log 10.76 Kb) is lead by a dominant Northerns outfit, the only side yet to concede a defeat for a maximum 10 points in their two matches, while Free State and Griqualand West will be eager to retain their top-half positions. Gauteng remains in the running, while Mpumalanga and Easterns only have points courtesy interrupted matches, while North West, languishing at the bottom, must still get onto the board.