Christopher Schreuder and Raynard van Tonder shared a 184-run, second-wicket stand to set up a 55-run victory for Free State against Eastern Province on Day Four of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week in Bloemfontein.
Schreuder hit 134 from 113 (18 fours, five sixes) and van Tonder an unbeaten 129-ball 133, including 10 fours and three sixes. Van Tonder also shared a 105-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Phillip Visser (53*) to help their side to a daunting 353/3 at the end of their allotted 50 overs.
Eastern Province’s bowlers struggled to make an impact. Campbell de Wet (1/51) and Lutho Sipamla (1/70) were the only ones to get breakthroughs. The latter also getting the run out of Dylan Francis for four.
Chris Benjamin hit 105 runs off 115 deliveries (eight fours) in the EP reply and Jimmy Sholto-Douglas added 52 from 53 to keep their side in the running. They were missing another big contribution that would put them on a level playing field with Free State, but their bowlers got wickets at crucial times, restricting the Eastern Cape side to 298.
Northerns beat Gauteng by six wickets in one of the most anticipated matches of the day. Joshua Richards hit 100 from 143 balls, with a respective 42 runs from Muhammed Mayet to help Gauteng to 227/8. William Ledwaba and Ruan de Swardt took two wickets each.
Captain, Joshua van Heerden (85) together with de Swardt (71*) put 118-runs on the board for the fourth-wicket to give the Pretoria side a satisfying victory in the end.
At the Grey College Windmill Ground, Easterns fell to Boland by five wickets in spite of Jarred Alder’s 95-ball 110. Justin Derick and Katleho Bala scored 65 and 49 runs respectively to get their side to a hefty 289/6.
Boland’s Sinalo Gobeni and Keagan Whitten were both unbeaten for 96 and 52 respectively in their reply. They shared a 145-run, sixth-wicket partnership to help their side along, after the dismissals of Khanya Contani (40), Benjamin Henderson (32 off 31) and Paul Barnard (32 off 58). Boland reached their target with 10 balls to spare.
In other matches, Border delivered a seven-wicket defeat to Namibia, while Western Province beat KwaZulu-Natal by eight wickets. KwaZulu-Natal Inland were victorious by seven wickets in their clash against the Northern Cape, while Mpumalanga were crushed by a 61-run loss at the hands of Limpopo.
Finally, South Western Districts claimed victory by the largest margin today. They beat North West by 160 runs thanks to a five-wicket haul by Richard Papenfus (5/21) who restricted the opposition to 118 in their reply to SWD’s 278/9.
Free State 353/3 (Christopher Schreuder 134, Raynard van Tonder 133*, Phillip Visser 53*); Eastern Province 298/8 (Chris Benjamin 105*, Jimmy Sholto-Douglas 52; Gerald Coetzee 2/25). Free State won by 55 runs.
Gauteng 227/8 (Joshua Richards 100, Muhammed Mayet 42; William Ledwaba 2/41); Northerns 231/4 (Joshua van Heerden 85, Ruan de Swardt 71*). Northerns won by six wickets.
Easterns 289/6 (Jarred Alder 110, Justin Brink 65, Katleho Bala 49*); Boland 292/5 (Sinalo Gobeni 96*, Keagan Whitten 56*, Khanya Cotani 40). Boland won by five wickets.
KwaZulu-Natal 57 (Extras 22; Diego du Plessis 3/7, Mihlali Mpongwana 3/14, Michael Cohen 3/20); Western Province 61/2 (Jesse Christensen 32*, Hamza Saloojee 23). Western Province won eight wickets.
Northern Cape 122 (Craig Pinetown 32; James Ritchie 2/16, Sean Gilson 2/17, Thabang Ntilane 2/21, Ethan Bosch 2/24); KwaZulu-Natal Inland 123/3 (Jiveshan Pillay 33). KwaZulu-Natal Inland won by seven wickets.
Namibia 229 (Jurgen Linde 84, Albert van der Merwe 39; Luke Dallas 3/35); Border 235/3 (Jason Niemand 75*, Athenkosi Mfazwe 53, Jason Raubenheimer 48). Border won by seven wickets.
South Western Districts 278/9 (Grant Esau 59, Samnkelo Mvimbi 56, Richard Papenfus 46; Louis van Schalkwyk 2/20); North West 118 (Mohamed Suliman 32; Richard Papenfus 5/21, Joshua Kleu 3/22). South Western Districts won by 160 runs.
Limpopo 236/5 (Morné Venter 62, Ruvan Kruger 38, Timothy Elpinstone 37; Yusef Patel 2/18); Mpumalanga 175 (Ozayr Karodia 49; Sahil Patel 4/34, Ruvan Kruger 3/11). Limpopo won by 61 runs.
Fixtures for Day 5 of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week:
Free State vs. Northerns (UFS Oval)
Boland vs. Gauteng (Saints Vossies)
Easterns vs. Eastern Province (CUT Oval)
Western Province vs. Border (Grey Oval)
South Western Districts vs. Limpopo (UFS III)
KwaZulu-Natal Inland vs. Namibia (CBC I)
Northern Cape vs. Mpumalanga (Grey GCB)
KwaZulu-Natal vs. North West (Grey Casa)