Gauteng captain, Wiaan Mulder led from the front, hitting an unbeaten 104 runs to record an emphatic, 117-run win over South Western Districts in the first round of T20 matches on Day Three of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Under-19 Week in Bloemfontein on Sunday.
Mulder’s knock came off 44 deliveries, including nine fours and seven sixes. Mitchell van Buuren and Muhammed Mayet hit a respective 70 not out and 45 to help set up Gauteng’s 288/3 at the end of their allotted overs.
Levin Muller hit 43 from 23 balls to get the SWD reply off to a good start. Gauteng’s Mayet, Kgaudisa Molefe and Codi Yusuf took two wickets each, restricting the opposition to 171 and a victory for their side.
At Free State University Main Oval, Boland’s bowlers held their nerve to pull off an eight-run win over Western Province. Tiaan du Plessis and Curtley Deelman took 3/17 and 2/17 respectively to bowl WP out for 128 after setting them a 137-run target. Boland’s Bernu Engelbrecht and Paul Barnard hit 42 and 35.
In other matches, Northerns beat Namibia by 32 runs, Border suffered a nine-wicket defeat at the hands of Free State, KZN cantered to a 30-run victory over North West and Eastern Province won their match against Limpopo by seven wickets with 51 balls to spare.
At University of Free State 3, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Inland beat Mpumalanga by nine wickets. The latter scored 167/3 after being put in to bat first by Inland. Conner Fletcher and Grant Truter returned unbeaten for 66 and 33 respectively.
Gavin Morris (70) and Jiveshan Pillay (55) hit half-centuries to bat their side to victory, with a 16-ball 30 added by Matthew Dicks to seal it.
Finally, Northern Cape came out on top in their match against Easterns after a tie forced a one-over eliminator at Christian Brothers College.