Shania-Lee Swart hit a magnificent 160 from 86 deliveries to give Mpumalanga a 42-run victory over Easterns in the T20 leg of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Girls under-19 Week in Pretoria on Monday.
In a remarkable feat, Swart was the only batter to score runs in her side’s 169-run total with the remaining nine resulting from extras conceded by the opposition.
Swart’s incredible innings included 18 boundaries and 12 sixes, while the eight wickets to fall yielded no runs. Tumi Sekukune was the chief destroyer, taking an excellent five wickets for 15 runs, with Rode de Neysschen and Dieketseng Nchapeleng returning a wicket each.
Easterns’ reply only featured a half-century from Carmen Nagel (63 off 49) while the rest of the batting line-up struggled. De Neysschen’s 19 off 20 balls was the second highest score, ending off a disappointing batting effort. Swart also returned the best bowling figures (2/21) for her side to round off a extraordinary performance by the youngster.
On the heels of that confidence-boosting win, Mpumalanga went on to claim a seven-wicket victory in their second match against Kei. Swart, Charlize Swanepoel and Njabulo Nkabinde returned figures of 2/6, 2/12 and 2/29 to restrict the Eastern Cape side to 79/8 at the end of their allotted overs.
They then made quick work of the chase, reaching their 80-run target in 15 overs. Swart (19) once again put her hand up along with Jammie de Vos (18*) and Angelica Vos (12*) to take their side to an easy win in the end.
At St Albans College, Northerns also pulled off a double win when they beat Eastern Province (EP) and Free State by 83 and 33 runs respectively.
In their match against EP, Northerns posted a 176-run target after electing to bat first thanks to scores of 88 (42 balls) and 49 not-out by Nadine de Klerk and Aobakwe Modise respectively.
Easterns’ reply saw a spike of resistance from Asisipho Mafani (40 off 34) while the rest succumbed and slumped to 92 in 17.4 overs. Northerns’ Thabiso Nkosi led the attack with her 3/19 and was supported well by Ntabiseng Nkosi and Paulinah Mashishi, who picked up two wickets a piece.
In their match against Free State, Northerns’ Thabiso Nkosi once again led the attack, claiming another three wickets, this time conceding 15 runs. Mashishi and Mashadi Kekana both took two wickets to keep the opposition from reaching its 136-run target. Delmari Hoffman was the stand-alone warrior for Free State, returning unbeaten for 71 runs, while the rest of her unit collapsed around her. The second highest runs from a batter was just four from Geraldine Ninivie.
In other matches, Moné van Niekerk took a brilliant 6/5 to bowl Limpopo to a 52-run victory over Northern Cape. They were unsuccessful in their second appearance of the day however, falling to Gauteng by 39 runs.
It was redemption for Gauteng, who suffered an eight-wicket defeat at the hands of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Coastal in the morning. The latter also beat Northern Cape by the same margin in their afternoon meet.
Elsewhere, Western Province continued their stellar performance in the tournament, helping themselves to a double win on the day against Border, by 68 runs and rivals, Boland by 55 runs.
KZN Inland were the last double winners of the day, beating Kei in the morning by 17 runs and later, Border by seven wickets.
North West redeemed themselves after their six-wicket loss to Boland in the morning, holding their nerve to secure a five-run win against EP in the afternoon.
Finally, it was not the day for the South Western Districts (SWD) who were on the losing end of both their matches. They fell by nine wickets and 60 runs to Free State and Easterns in their respective morning and afternoon fixtures.
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