Log Leaders Stake Their Claim

by | Nov 9, 2007

Inland
League: Northerns’ Lucky Win despite Benade Brilliance

On the road after their home win
against Griqualand West the week before, everything went the traveller’s way in
their match against Free State at the ABSA CUT Oval (
pdf Click here to download the Score Sheet 11.46 Kb), as Northerns won the toss, posted an
sub-par total, and went on to win comfortably, despite a sparking century by
the home captain.

A cautious start by openers
Knoetze and Marais brought a 63-run partnership before Marais was run-out by
keeper Minny, and at 97 for the loss of 3, things looked good for a competitive
total. But the Benade revealed a touch of her class by taking five for 27 in
nine overs, not including a run-out to bowl the Pretoria ladies out for 164
after 47 overs.

In reply, Kganye was trapped lbw
without scoring, but opening partner Benade set about the asking total, and
didn’t let up until she lost her wicket bowled Knoetze, her 100 runs in 109
balls. But Benade’s departure meant total of 116 for six, and mere 48 more runs
were required for a home win, but the hosting side capitulated, losing by 33
runs in the 40th over, with seven batswomen failing to score a run, and a total
of 19 from the remaining three.

Easterns
Taught a Lesson at Home

North West Captain ‘Griz’ Brits
played an innings worth of her national position in the second Inland fixture
of the weekend, when her team was hosted at Willowmore Park
in Benoni (
pdf Click here to download the Score Sheet 11.46 Kb).
Easterns won the toss and decided to bat, but could only manage 171 in the 48th
over, no. 5 Cocklin top-scoring with a fast 89 runs.

The new ball was used
by Janse van Rensburg and Van den Berg to good effect, sharing five wickets
between them, but Kgosiemang was the star performer, her four wickets costing
29 runs in seven overs, as she cleaned up the tail mercilessly.

But any celebration
was too soon, as Brits relished her batting, scoring an unbeaten 114 in 115
balls, can carried her bat for an early victory, her comrades-in-arms Van den
Berg and Janse van Rensburg staying with her to ensure a comprehensive
nine-wicket bonus-point win.

Griqualand
West Fold in Kimberley

Griqualand West
played host to Gauteng in Kimberley (
pdf Click here to download the Score Sheet 11.31 Kb),
and after their morale-boosting opening two wins, their loss to Northerns the
week before boded well for the early starters, who after winning the toss,
failed to make good, when they lost all 10 wickets in the 24th over for a
paltry total of 67.

Veeriah and
Terblanche combined well to bag four wickets each, with Veeriah decimating the
Griqualand West top order, while Terblanche cleaned up the tail, for a total
cost of 20 runs between them.

Coming in without a
big total to chase, Gauteng
openers Terblanche and Schmahl wrapped the match up in good time for a 10
wicket victory, the winning total coming up in the seventeenth over, with Geyer
and Morake the unfortunate home bowlers to concede the most runs.

Inland League Summary:

Northerns and Gauteng
boast an unblemished record in the season to date (
pdf Click here to download the Log 10.77 Kb) (pdf Click here to download the Leading Batting and Bowling Averages 12.97 Kb), and
lead Free State and Griqualand West despite having played a game less, the
latter two should look out for a resurgent North West, who will focussed on making
a run for the third log position, in attempts to be in contention for the Super
League decider.

Coastal
League: Province Dominate EP

Eastern Province were
taught another lesson in humility, when Western Province travelled up to meet
them in Despatch (
pdf Click here to download the Log 11.22 Kb), and promptly put the home
side in to bat, after winning the toss, a good 
call which saw them bowl EP out for 74 in the 42nd over.

Kilowan started the
rot with Webber’s wicket, and then Fritz (4 wickets for 20 runs) and Goliath (3
for 16) applied the pressure to keep the wickets tumbling, and preventing the
home side from achieving any partnerships.

Despite the low
asking rate, the home side used conditions well to snap up the opener’s
wickets, only for Fritz (23* from 22 balls) to return with Kilowan (24 in 41
balls) to record a seven-wicket bonus-point rout in 17 overs.

Boland Enjoy Batting in Oudtshoorn

Boland travelled
inland for their encounter against South Western Districts (
pdf Click here to download the Log 11.51 Kb), and after being invited to bat, settled in for a
full innings, and despite the failure of any batswoman to reach a half-century,
their innings total of 248 for 5 saw composed batting from the top order,
openers Van der Westhuizen 41 runs in 70 balls) and Potgieter (40 from 75)
top-scoring in the campaign.

Crause was most successful
for the home side, her three wickets costing 40 runs, but her successes were the
best news, as all the bowlers suffered heavy weather. Their turn to bat, SWD just
couldn’t get going, Hugget top-scoring with 14 runs in 60 deliveries faced.

In contrast to the
home side, the visiting bowlers extracted maximum from conditions, Smith’s
three wickets for a frugal 12 runs in 8 overs, while Loubser also enjoyed the
pitch to capture four wickets in seven overs, Boland returning home content
with maximum points in their 171 run victory.

Durban Girls Thump Pietermaritzburg
Cousins

The final match of the
weekend was between the KwaZulu-Natal
cousins (
pdf Click here to download the Log 11.43 Kb), and the dominant Durban Girls
made sure to record their second victory of the season, when they met their
opposition at the Oval in Pietermaritzburg. Choosing to bat, the visitors struggled
to keep their wickets, but still managed a gameful 183 before they were bowled
out in the 39th over.

Ferreira bowled best to
record the weekend’s only five-wicket haul, conceding 31 runs in her 10 overs, while
Steenkamp picked up two in five. In reply, KwaZulu-Natal Inland also lost
wickets regularly, and were eventually bowled out in the 31st over for a poor 94.

For KZN Inland,
Maharaj bowled best for four wickets in seven overs, and she was ably led by
opener Hambrook, whose six overs cost 21 runs for three wickets, visitors KZN relieved
to make progress on the log for an 89-run victory, claiming maximum points on
offer.

Coastal League Summary:

Western Province and Border
are tied on a maximum 15 points in three matches each (
pdf Click here to download the Log 10.77 Kb) (pdf Click here to download the Leading Batting and Bowling Averages 12.97 Kb), with
Boland one point behind to block out the remaining Coastal Log contenders from the
top three spots. KwaZulu-Natal
have conceded just one loss in their three matches, and will be keen to
capitalise on any misfortune on the teams ahead of them. EP (five points) lead a
scoreless SWD and KZN-Inland at the bottom of the log, all of whom have played
four matches, and seem unlikely to catch the leaders before the league
reclassifications.

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