Favourites Nail Down Early Leads

by | Oct 25, 2007

Coastal League: Province Clean Up SWD

The second round of the 2007 Provincial League cricket was played on the weekend, and South Western Districts hosted early Coastal log-leaders Western Province in Oudtshoorn on Saturday (pdf Click here to download the Score Sheet 11.07 Kb), where they chose to bat after winning the toss.

It was unfortunately not an inspired choice, as Fritz repeated her early season form to take a second five-wicket haul to decimate the lower order, after Kilowan and Ismail pitching in for three mean top-order wickets between them, ending the home side’s batting innings early in the 31st over, for a low total of 57.

Unfortunately the home side’s bowlers had as bad a day as their batters, when they conceded 23 extras to add to Anderson’s 12 (40 balls) and Le Breton’s 26 (23), leaving the visitors an earlier return home after they won their second bonus-point match in just 67 balls.

Border Force a second KwaZulu-Natal Inland Implosion

KwaZulu-Natal Inland hosted Border in Pietermaritzburg (pdf Click here to download the Score Sheet 11.15 Kb), and after being put in to bat by the visitors, faired even worse than SWD, their 26th over all-out total of 48 not featuring a batter’s total in double figures, and four ducks among them.

Border opening bowlers Taai (four wickets for 20 runs in 10 overs) and Fritz (three for 9) did the most damage, while Kirchoff  and Pienaar finished off the tail. In reply, Joubert was the sole victim, falling lbw to Singh for a top-scoring 19, but the extras and Soka’s innings of 17 not-out brought another victory in the 11th over.

Boland Relish Their First Match Victory

Boland travelled to Despatch to take on Eastern Province (pdf Click here to download the Score Sheet 11.47 Kb), and put the home side in to bat after winning the toss. Eastern Province posted the best first-innings total for Coastal Leagues by making a patient 111, with middle-order batters Nell 30 (95 balls) and Kapp 19 (36) making the most with the bat, to which Boland added a bonus 35 in extras.

In reply Boland openers Loubser 3 (26) and Terblanche 0 (1) fell early, but were supported first by Petersen 15 (39), before Smith’s half century 55 (81) saw her side home with the assistance of lower-order team-mates, for a valuable three-wicket away win.

Coastal League Summary:

Boland are middle of the log (pdf Click here to download the Log 10.73 Kb) with four points in their first match, while Western Province is equalled on points by Border with two bonus-point wins each, but Province takes top spot care of a very healthy Net Run Rate.


Inland League: Gritty Griqualand West Earn Second Win

Griqualand West hosted Mpumalanga in Kimberly (pdf Click here to download the Score Sheet 11.44 Kb), and decided to bat after winning the toss. Aided by a free-giving Mpuma bowling side contributing 53 extras, the rest of the home side made 100 runs for at 153 total, but the only batswoman to score more than nine runs was Harmse, whose patient 65 (96) made up for four ducks and the several other early season non-starts.

Opening bowler Haven was most effective, her four wickets for 45 runs leading the way for her colleagues to bowl Griqualand West out in the 38th over, Kleynhans’ three wickets for 19 in 7.4 useful in cleaning up the tail.

After the innings change Mpumalanga failed to ignite, the top three batters each inching into double figures before losing their wickets, and the remaining batting order failed to get any start to speak of before the side was bowled out after 38 overs, for a total of 106, to lose the match conceding a bonus point.

Free State Charge to Log Lead

Free State hosted North West in Bloemfontein (pdf Click here to download the Score Sheet 11.45 Kb) and had no hesitation in putting the opposition in to bat, a decision that may have been regretted as Brits 56 (65) and Janse van Rensburg 42 (78) eased into an 85-run second-wicket partnership.

But after Minny (3 for 28 in 10 overs) and Weatherall (4 for 13 in six overs) brought up the fourth wicket, the middle- and lower-order crumbled for an additional 52 runs, all out for 163 after 40 overs.

In reply the home side struggled at first, losing both openers for a total of eight runs, before no. 4 Weatherall 33 (105) and no. 6 Adams 66* (71) combined to complete a bonus-point winning 164 for the loss of four wickets, in the 39th over.

Northerns Flex Muscles in Gauteng Derby

The league’s second round was completed when Northerns visited Easterns in Benoni (pdf Click here to download the Score Sheet 11.73 Kb) for their first match of the season, and promptly the most of their invitation to bat first, recording an early season high of 305 for 7 in their allotted overs.

Opener Knoetze 94 (102) was unfortunate to be caught out six runs short of a deserved century, with no. 4 Van der Westhuizen 75 (93) her partner-in-chief shoring up the worthwhile contributions by Tayob 29 (61), Van Niekerk 21 (31), Serwadi 15* (10) and Makhubo 15(12) to post a virtually impossible 306 asking total.

And the pressure on the Easterns outfit told from the start, as the visiting bowlers snapped up wickets at a regular pace to close the match in the thirty-fifth over, the home side all-out for 81, Van Eck posting the best innings of 15 runs in 53 balls.

Labuschagne (1 for 10 in five overs) and Van der Westhuizen were miserly upfront, but the best bowling produced came from De Beer (4 for 17 in seven) and Van Niekerk (3 for 17 in 7.2 overs).

Inland League Summary:

At the end of week two Free State will be surprised to lead the early log (pdf Click here to download the Log 10.73 Kb) equal on a maximum 10 points with Griqualand West, who have been quick to seize opportunities on offer, but Northerns (5 points) and Gauteng (5 points, after a second-round bye) will be keen to establish their presence in the log’s top three, to qualify for the Super Six premier league, come early 2008.

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