Wolvaardt, Appels bat & bowl Western Province to massive victory

Laura Wolvaardt celebrates her century against Eastern Province.

Laura Wolvaardt celebrates her century against Eastern Province.

A century by Laura Wolvaardt and a five-wicket haul by Robyn Appels secured victory by a colossal 205 runs for Western Province (WP) when they took on Eastern Province (EP) on Day Two of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) National Women’s Week in Bloemfontein on Friday.

Wolvaardt struck a remarkable 131 runs from 128 deliveries (21 fours) to set up the defending champions’ 290/7 at the end of their 50 overs after electing to bat first. She, along with Zizipho Mdebuka (40) shared a 73-run opening stand before the partnership was disturbed by Kuthala Swayi (1/34). Yesterday’s centurion, Andrie Steyn added 29 runs to round off the most notable contributions of the innings.

EP’s Chene Arnolds was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4/50 in her 10 overs, but Wolvaard pushed on, giving her side a solid total in the end.

The Port Elizabeth team in their reply, could not contend with the bowling prowess of Appels, who returned superb figures of 5/27 in 10 overs, including a maiden over. She ensured that EP were always on the backfoot, dispatching five of the top six batters, (Sibongiseni Ndunana 17, Siyamthanda Koloi 6, Anneke Kapp 4, Githe Koopman 6 and Kyla Ferreirra 2) and leaving Gcobisa Makebasane to clean up the rest with a noteworthy 4/21 in 7.2 overs. The opposition fell for 85, giving WP an emphatic victory in just 28.2 overs.

At Vossies Field, Gauteng’s Shabnim Ismail showed her immense experience, taking an excellent five wickets for just five runs in seven overs, with four maidens against Border. The young Eastern Cape side were bundled out for 77, the other centurion from yesterday, Angelique Taai top scoring with just 23.

Trisha Chetty and Lerato Langa made quick work of the chase, both returning unbeaten for a respective 45 and 15 runs to give the Johannesburg side their 10-wicket victory in 15.3 overs.

Match three saw North West’s Lizelle Lee smash 133 runs at a run a ball to lead her side to a nine-wicket triumph over Northerns, while in the final match, Boland completed a 10-wicket thrashing of host, Free State.

Live scoring of all matches will be available at www.websports.co.za, play begins at 09:45.

Pool A Pool B
Western Province Free State
Gauteng North West
Eastern Province Boland
Border Northerns

Day Four Fixtures

Western Province vs Gauteng – UFS 3
North West vs Free State – UFS 4
Eastern Province vs Border – UFS Oval
Northerns vs Boland – St Andrews