Top order set up emphatic WP win at Girls Week

OUTSTANDING performances from the top three batters; Anri Grobblaar, Laura Wolvaardt and Nadia Mbokotwana set up Western Province’s 112-run thrashing of Eastern Province in Round Two of the T20s at the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Girls under-19 Week in Pretoria.

Province posted 197/1 after being put in to bat first by EP. Wolvaardt, fresh from a broken collar bone while on national duty against New Zealand in October, hit 43 from 30 before she was trapped leg before. Mbokotwana (42* off 42) picked up from her 64-run opening partnership with Wolvaardt, sharing the match-winning, 103-run, third-wicket stand with Grobbelaar (96* off 52).

A 198-run target proved too much for the opposition. Kelsey Adams was extraordinary, taking three wickets for just five runs with Leanne Eksteen chipping in with two and Leah Jones, Christine Tomlinson, Babalwa Tiwane and Mbokotwana claiming a scalp each.

At St Albans, Northerns beat Border by 59 runs. Nadine de Klerk was once again the top scorer with 64 off 35 balls, helping her side to 128/8 at the end of their allotted overs after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Border’s Caelin Hall was the most successful with the ball, taking 3/29.

Their batting effort was not good enough, Siyamanga Mhletywa hit the only notable score of the innings with her 34 from 36 deliveries. The rest could not amass more than Jean-Marie Venter’s seven. Border were restricted to 69/1, Thabiso Nkosi and Michaela Kirk took two wickets each.

In the other matches at St Albans, Easterns beat KZN Coastal by seven wickets and North West lost by six wickets to Gauteng.

At Pretoria Boys High, Boland beat SWD by 28 runs, KZN Inland bounced back from their loss to win by 46 runs against Northern Cape, Free State were victorious by four wickets in their match against Mpumalanga and Limpopo beat Kei by seven wickets.