Magical Thelma Makhubela Scores First Ton of 2023 Girls U19 Week 

Refilwe Mogabe of Easterns during the match between KZN Inland and Easterns on Say 2 of the CSA Girls U19 Week at Wynberg Boys High – Silverhurst A Field, on Monday, 11 December 2023, in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: Grant Pitcher/Gallo Images

Thelma Makhubela became the First player to notch a ton at the U19 Girls Week in Cape Town on Tuesday. The all-rounder played a fantastic knock of 102 not out, from 146 deliveries, to get her team out of trouble against Northern Cape.

Batting first the Eastern Storm found themselves in a spot of bother at 90/6 against their spirited opposition before Makhubela played her gem of an innings. Leeyandre Bently provided some much-needed support with a mature 20 runs from 49 balls.

Those two contributions helped the Eastern Gautengers claw their way back into the game and eventually post an impressive 182 all out. Lucian Swartz did the bulk of the damage for the Northern Heat, producing a testing spell, which saw her claim her first five-wicket haul of the week. She ended with figures of 5/34, while Katlego Vala weighed in with a return of 2/28.

Northern Cape, in their reply, never really hit their straps as they struggled to put together meaningful partnerships. Makhubela – following her batting heroics – shone with the ball, too, and with Marizelle Welman’s and Bently’s support, they were able to hand the Northern Cape a loss.

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Makhubela bagged the best bowling figures of the day for the Storm, claiming three wickets for only six runs, while Welman also picked up three while conceding only eight runs. Bently chipped in with two wickets of her own as Northern Cape crumbled to 75 all out, leaving the Eastern Storm the comprehensive winners by 107 runs.

Western Province vs Gauteng Lions

Western Province and the Gauteng Lions produced arguably the game of the week thus far. After winning the toss and electing to bowl first, the Gauteng Lions had the hosts under immense pressure with a cluster of early wickets. This, however, set the stage for Kayla Reyneke to display her batting prowess. She knuckled down and after a slow start expertly accelerated to make 46 runs from just 57 deliveries.

Her valuable contribution helped the home side reach 93 all out. Kaylee van Rooyen led the way for the Johannesburg side, capturing three wickets for just eight runs. Off-spinner Samantha Swanepoel produced a stellar performance to bag 3/20, while Rialivhuma Khorombi claimed 2/26. 

Swanepoel then had her say with the bat, top-scoring with 28 runs. Thristan Cronje lent good support with a well-played 20 runs. Refiloe Bomvana produced an immaculate bowling performance for Province, knocking over 5/19, but the Lions scraped a narrow one-wicket victory.

Eastern Province vs KZN Inland

A fine batting performance, led from Megan Fourie led Eastern Province to an easy win over KZN Inland. She top-scored with a crucial 56 runs, while Lana von Hagen nearly matched her, with 54. Sesona Jodwana weighed in with a nicely constructed 25 runs as EP totalled 211/7 in their 50 overs.

Mbali Mkhize was the most impressive Inland bowler, snapping up 3/29 in her spell, while Megan Webb claimed two scalps for 45 runs.

Jessica Chandler constructed a valiant innings for the Inland team, making a patient 61 from 132 deliveries, but it wasn’t enough to get her side across the line. A strong combined bowling effort from Jordan Cole (2/5), Megan Fourie (2/38) and Emma Tinley (2/21) stopped the Inland march in its tracks, leaving the KZN side 67 runs short on 144/9 after their 50 overs.

SWD Badgers vs Mpumalanga Rhinos

Tabitha la Grange, meanwhile, led the SWD Badgers to a nail-biting three-run victory over the Mpumalanga Rhinos. La Grange was not a part of the original Badgers’ squad, but she has starred for the side over the first three days of the week. Her all-round excellence – 5/6 with the ball and 28 runs from 20 deliveries – were the difference between victory and defeat.

Rhinos’ stalwart Snothando Letswele enjoyed a good outing, removing five Badgers’ batters at a cost of only 22 runs. Nokulunga Shangase overwhelmed the Free State’s batters. Her 5/1 from five overs was the spell of the tournament thus far, and led KZN Coastal to a three-wicket victory.

Summarised scoresheets of Day 3 at the CSA Girls’ U19 Cricket Week in Cape Town

Eastern Storm 182/10 (Thelma Makhubela 102*, Leeyandre Bently 20 Extras (32); Lucian Swartz 5/34, Katlego Vala 2/28); 

Northern Cape 75/10 (Nombuso Makatong 17, Extras (25); Makhubela 3/6, Marizelle Welman 3/8, Leeyandre Bently 2/21). 

Eastern Storm won by 107 runs

Western Province 93/10 (Kayla Reyneke 46; Kaylee van Rooyen 3/8, Samatha Swanepoel 3/20, Rialivhuma Khorombi 2/26); 

Gauteng Lions 94/9 (Swanepoel 28, Thristan Cronje 20; Refiloe Bomvuma 5/19. 

Gauteng Lions won by 1 wicket

Eastern Province 211/7 (Megan Fourie 56, Lana von Hagen 54, Sesona Jodwana 25; Mbali Mkhize 3/29, Megan Webb 2/45); 

KZN Inland 144/9 (Jessica Chandler 61, Extras (46); Jordan Cole 2/5, Fourie 2/38, Emma Tinley 2/21). 

Eastern Province won by 67 runs

SWD Badgers 73/10 (Tabitha la Grange 28, Extras (24); Snothando Letswele 5/22, Ashley Barnard 3/30, Sbongakonke Hlotsowayo 2/8); 

Mpumalanga Rhinos 70/10 (Chris-Marie Bezuidenhout 22, Extras (20); La Grange 5/6, Mariana Breedt 3/20). 

SWD Badgers won by 3 runs

Other Results

North-West 122/10 (Nthabiseng Nini 25, Karabo Lemphane 19; Lesedi Madisha 4/20, Amone Muller 2/29, Caroline Twala 2/16); 

Titans 123/4 (Simone Lourens 52*; Nini 1/14).

Titans won by 6 wickets

Free State 64/10 (Extras 24, Katlego Nkoga 12; Nokulunga Shangase 5/1); 

KZN Coastal 68/7 (Seshnie Naidu 20; Dieketseng Matsoele 3/11). 

KZN Coastal won by 3 wickets

Boland 153/10 (Anelmarie van Niekerk 55, Mia-Lize van der Vyver 29; Yonga Rutsha 3/24, Nontokoza Mchiwa 3/30, Olihle Ndogeni 2/29); 

Kei 71/10 (Sgempana Elethu 14, Extras 29; Gemeez Abrahams 3/8). 

Boland won by 82 runs

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Photo Caption: Refilwe Mogabe of Easterns during the match between KZN Inland and Easterns on Say 2 of the CSA Girls U19 Week at Wynberg Boys High – Silverhurst A Field, on Monday, 11 December 2023, in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: Grant Pitcher/Gallo Images 

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