Easterns are celebrating a winning week in Pool D of the CSA Women’s Provincial 1-Day Competition in a bio-secure environment at Willowmoore Park in Benoni, thanks to excellent teamwork and stand-out performances from youngsters like Madison Landsman.
Easterns beat Northern Cape by five wickets, Limpopo by three wickets, Mpumalanga by 80 runs and KZN Inland by 150 runs, to leave the team in high spirits and with reason to feel confident moving forward.
Veteran cricket star, Susan Benade, played a leading role in Northern Cape’s performances at the CSA Women’s Provincial 1-Day Competition, scoring the only century during the Pool D action, while Julia Hoal scored the other century playing for Boland in Pool C.
Benade’s all round performances resulted in three out of four wins for Northern Cape, their only loss coming against Easterns.
The competition is throwing up some exciting new names who are proving their worth as provincial women cricketers try to catch the eye of selectors as they dream of one day playing in the green and gold.
In the bowling department, there were five wicket hauls for Lahwien Alben (Northern Cape), Aphelele Adonis (Eastern Province) and Haroline Rhodes (South Western Districts).
Check out details of matches played from 4-8 March in Pool C and Pool D below.
Monday, 8 March 2021:
Boland vs Free State – Langenhoven Gimnasium (Pool C)
Free State won by seven wickets
Boland won the toss and elected to bat first. Bowled out for 64 in the 28th over. Michaela Hanekom was the only batter who reached double figures, top scoring with a bright 30 off 25 balls, including 6 fours. Mampe Ntsane (3/13) and Yolandi Potgieter (2/10) were the pick of the bowlers for Free State. In reply, Free State won by seven wickets after reaching the victory target in the 14th over with Rene Nel top taking her team home, scoring an unbeaten 35 off 34, including five fours.
SWD vs Eastern Province – Recreational Grounds Oudtshoorn (Pool C)
SWD won by six wickets
Eastern Province won the toss and elected to bat first and were bowled out for 137 in the 49th over, as Yulandi Saayman (3/22) and Jane Winster (3/26) shared three wickets a piece. Jana Nel top-scored for EP with 50 off 112 balls, including five fours. In reply, SWD won by six wickets as they reached the victory target in the 35th over, with Vuyolwethu Bonya top scoring with 41 off 68 including four boundaries.
Easterns vs KwaZulu-Natal Inland – Willowmoore Park, Benoni (Pool D)
Easterns won by 150 runs
KZN Inland won the toss and elected to field first. Easterns piled on the runs, amassing 225/8 in 50 overs. Alysia Rudolph top scored for Easterns with 45 off 38 balls, including six fours. For KZN Inland, Gabisile Nkosi was the best bowler, taking 4/25 in nine overs. Chasing 226 for victory, KZN Inland were bowled out for 75 in the 33rd over, as Easterns put in a strong bowling performance, led by Karabo Magagula who took 3/23 in 10 overs. Madison Landman and Thembi Mokgohloa took two wickets a piece, as Easterns won by 150 runs.
Mpumalanga vs Northern Cape – Willowmoore Park, Benoni (Pool D)
Northern Cape won by seven wickets
Mpumalanga were bowled out for 164 in the 48th over after winning the toss and electing to bat first, with captain Alicia Giles singlehandedly holding together the batting effort, scoring 94 off 137 balls, including 15 boundaries. The chief destroyer for Northern Cape was Lahwien Alben who took 5/18 in 9.4 overs to spearhead the attack. Chasing 165 for victory, captain Susan Benade led the effort with an unbeaten 75 off 92 balls, including 11 fours, as Northern Cape got there in the 45th over, with just three wickets down, to claim a seven wicket win.
Sunday, 7 March 2021:
Mpumalanga vs Easterns – Willowmoore Park, Benoni (Pool D)
Easterns won by 80 runs
Easterns posted 155 all out in the 41st over after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Madison Landsman top scored with 41 off 49 balls, including five fours. Alicia Giles was the best Mpumalanga bowler, taking 3/21 in five overs. Chasing 156 to win, Mpumalanga were all out for 75 in the 35th over, with only Dorothy Mathekga offering any real resistance with an unbeaten 21 off 102 balls. Madison Landsman followed up her effort with the bat to take 4/11 in seven overs, as Easterns won by 80 runs.
Boland vs South Western Districts – Recreational Grounds Oudtshoorn (Pool C)
South Western Districts win by 3 wickets
Boland were bowled out for 69 in the 41st over, after winning the toss and electing to bat first, with Chantelle van Schoor managing a top score of 20 off 109 balls. It was a team effort among the SWD bowlers as Marnazelle Rabie, Jane Winster, Micaela Andrews and Haroline Rhodes taking two wickets a piece. Chasing a small victory target of 69, SWD reached 73/7 in the 28th over, with Bianca Figeland top scoring with 24 off 55 balls, to take her team to a three wicket win.
Northern Cape vs Limpopo – Willowmoore Park, Benoni (Pool D)
Northern Cape won by 150 runs
Northern Cape reached 198/7 in the 50th over after being put in to bat. Susan Benade led the batting effort for her team, top scoring with 88 off 68 balls, including 14 fours and one six. Khushi Mistry was the pick of the Limpopo bowlers, taking 3/27 in 10 overs. Chasing 199 to win, Limpopo were bundled out for just 48 in the 27th over, with only Lerato Tsotsetsi (16) and Koketso Manyaga (14) getting to double figures. Michaela van Vuuren ended with the best figures of 4/2 in 4.1 overs while Susan Benade ended a splendid personal all round effort with 3/1 in five overs. Northern Cape won by 150 runs.
Kei vs Eastern Province – Langenhoven Gimnasium (Pool C)
Eastern Province won by seven wickets
Eastern Province won the toss and elected to field first, dismissing Kei for 65 in the 30th over, with no batter getting to double figures. EP’s Aphelele Adonis was the chief destroyer for her team, picking up 5/22 in 10 overs. Chasing 66 to win, EP scampered home in the 11th over, with Mieke De Ridder top scoring with 29 off 26 balls, including four fours. It was an emphatic seven wicket win for EP as they recorded their first win of the week.
Saturday, 6 March 2021:
Limpopo vs Easterns – Willowmoore Park, Benoni (Pool D)
Easterns win by three wickets
Limpopo posted 155/6 in 50 overs after being put in to bat by Easterns. Tebogo Machake top scored with 54 off 93 balls, including seven fours. Tsholofelo Marema was the pick of the bowlers for Easterns, taking 2/8 in 5 overs. Chasing 156 to win, Kayleigh Craig (48 off 89 balls) and Verunissa Reddy (31 off 60 balls) held steady as Easterns reached 156/7 in the 43rd over to win by three wickets.
Boland vs Kei – Langenhoven Gimnasium (Pool C)
Boland won by 186 runs
Boland piled on 269/7 in 50 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat first with opener Julia Hoal scoring a brilliant century – 144 off 157 balls, including 17 boundaries. Esethu Siveku took 3/65 for Kei, in an otherwise tough outing for her team’s bowlers. Chasing 270 for victory, Kei were dismissed for just 83 in the 28th over, with only Yonela Jubase getting to double figures (21 off 44 balls). Doni Lin was the pick off the bowlers, taking 4/22 in 10 overs, as Boland won by a whopping 186 runs.
KZN Inland vs Mpumalanga – Willowmoore Park, Benoni (Pool D)
KZN Inland won by 112 runs
KZN Inland posted 168/8 in 50 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Gugu Ngcobo top scored with 48 off 124 balls, including five boundaries. In reply, Mpumalanga were bowled out for 56, chasing 169 to win, giving KZN Inland victory by 112 runs. Sithasiselo Ndebele was the pick of the bowlers for KZN, taking 5/10 in 4 overs.
Friday, 5 March 2021:
Limpopo vs Mpumalanga – Willowmoore Park, Benoni (Pool D)
Limpopo won by 52 runs
Mpumalanga won the toss and elected to field first as Limpopo posted 189/7 in their 50 overs. Most of the batters failed but Khushi Mistry top scored with 75 off 145 balls to rescue her team’s effort with fellow tail ender Mashadi Kekana (39 off 85 balls). Angelic Klingenberg was the pick of the Mpumalanga bowlers, taking 4/23 in nine overs. Chasing 190 for victory, Mpumalanga were bowled out for 137 in the 43rd over as Limpopo won by 52 runs. Mistry and Kekana then came to the party with the ball, both taking three wickets a piece to play a pivotal role in getting their team across the line.
Northern Cape vs KwaZulu-Natal Inland – Willowmoore Park, Benoni (Pool D)
Northern Cape won by 103 runs
Northern Cape posted a competitive 213/9 in 50 overs after being put in to bat. Maxine Arthur top scored with 44 off 65 balls, including four boundaries. Gabisile Nkosi was the pick of the KZN Inland bowlers, taking 3/23 in 8 overs. Chasing 214 to win, KZN Inland were bowled out for 110 in the 42nd over, with Alexander Candler top scoring with 32 off 75 balls, including three fours. Michaela van Vuuren and Claudia Velskoen combined with the ball to take three wickets a piece and ensure a strong victory for Northern Cape by 103 runs.
Free State vs South Western Districts – Recreational Ground, Oudtshoorn (Pool C)
South Western Districts won by 7 wickets
Free State were bowled out for just 79 in the 32nd over, after being put in to bat by South Western Districts. Christen van Wyk, one of only three players to reach double figures, top scored with 26 off 48 balls, with one four and one six. Haroline Rhodes was the chief destroyer, taking 5/14 in 10 overs. In reply, SWD chased down the victory target of 80/3 in the 17th over for a seven wicket win. Mochelle May top scored for SWD with 19 off 17 balls, including four boundaries.
Kei vs South Western Districts – Recreational Ground, Oudtshoorn (Pool C)
South Western Districts won by 10 wickets
Kei were bundled out for just 51 in the 35th over after being put in to bat by South Western Districts, with no batters reaching double figures. Micaela Andrews (3/7), Haroline Rhodes (3/6) and Julandi Saayman (3/5) took three wickets a piece to play a starring role with the ball. SWD romped home to victory by 10 wickets, as they reached 52/0 in the 12th over, with both openers, Julandi Saayman (21 off 34 balls) and Mochelle May (24 off 35 balls) doing the business.
Eastern Province vs Free State – Recreational Ground, Oudtshoorn (Pool C)
Free State won by 59 runs
Free State posted 205/8 in their 50 overs, after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Annerie Dercksen top scored with 70 off 104 balls, including nine fours. Michelle Botha was unbeaten on 49 off 81 balls, including five fours. Chene Arnolds was the pick up the bowlers for EP, taking 4/22 in 10 overs. Chasing 206 for victory, EP were bowled out for 146 in the 45th over, opener Sibongiseni Ndunana top scoring with 34 off 56 balls. But Yolandi Potgieter was in the mood with the ball, taking 4/25 in 9.4 overs to steer her team to a 59 run win.
Thursday, 4 March 2021:
Limpopo vs KZN Inland – Willowmoore Park, Benoni (Pool D)
KZN Inland won by 8 wickets
Limpopo won the toss and elected to bat but could only manage 54 all out in the 21st over, with Lerato Tsotsetsi top scoring with 20 off 34 balls, including 2 fours. Zandi Dubazane was the pick of the bowlers for KZN Inland, taking 4/17 in 7.1 overs. Chasing a small victory target, KZN Inland reached 56/2 in the 19th over to claim an eight-wicket win, with Alexander Chandler top scoring with an unbeaten 14 off 30 balls.
Northern Cape vs Easterns – Willowmoore Park, Benoni (Pool D)
Easterns won by five wickets
Easterns trio, Thembi Mokgohloa, Bernadette Greeff and Allysia Rudolph took two wickets a piece, as their team bowled Northern Cape out for 207 in the 47th over after they elected to bat first. Susan Benade scored a century – 115 off 114 balls, including 18 fours and one six to lead the batting effort for Northern Cape. In reply, and chasing an adjusted total of 183 in 39 overs, Easterns reached 184/5, with Bernadette Greeff delivering with the bat, scoring 41 off 33 balls, including eight fours, to give her team victory by five wickets. Susan Benade was the best bowler for Northern Cape, taking 2/21 in a losing effort.
Kei vs Free State – Recreational Ground, Oudtshoorn – (Pool C)
Free State won by nine wickets
Kei were bundled out for just 32 in the 29th over after Free State won the toss and elected to field first. Michelle Botha (4/2 in six overs) and Rene Nel (4/3 in five overs) combined to destroy the Kei batting line up. In reply, Free State chased down the meagre total in the 5th over for a nine wicket win.
Boland vs Eastern Province – Recreational Ground, Oudtshoorn (Pool C)
Match scores unavailable
Photo 1 Caption: The unbeaten Easterns team are celebrating a winning week in Pool D of the CSA Women’s Provincial 1-Day Competition, in a bio-secure environment at Willowmoore Park in Benoni. Photo: Supplied