Half-centuries by Nadine de Klerk and Sune Luus laid the foundation for a convincing, 73-run win for Northerns in their clash against Boland on the third day of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) National Women’s Week in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Northerns, who are still unbeaten in the tournament, posted 208/9 in their 50 overs after they were put in to bat first. De Klerk hit a rapid 62 off 51 deliveries, while Luus took 76 balls to reach her 51.
Moseline Daniels was the pick of the bowlers for Boland, taking 3/39 in 10 overs, together with four maidens, but the rest of the attack struggled. Litichia Spogter (1/27), Jolene Hendricks (1/32) and Veronique Smith (1/49) only managed to return one wicket each.
Boland’s reply was stifled by De Klerk, who was also the chief destroyer for Northerns. She returned impressive figures of 3/14 in nine overs, with four maidens to help bundle out the opposition for 135. Daniels, top scored with 37 from 62 balls.
At University of Free State’s main oval, Eastern Province (EP) claimed their first win with the return of their captain and Momentum Proteas captain, Dane van Niekerk. They beat Border by a comfortable 21 runs in what was a relatively low-scoring match.
Border, led by Ayabonga Khaka (4/18) did well to restrict EP to 126 runs in 37.3 overs. Van Niekerk (48) was the leading run scorer, falling two runs short of a half-century when she was bowled out by Khaka. Nolulumko Baneti (2/13) and Genevieve Fritz (2/17) chipped in with two wickets each to keep EP in check.
EP’s bowling unit did well to defend their total in the end. Chene Arnolds (4/16) and Charlene Mpevana (3/14) took seven wickets between them, ensuring Border never got comfortable in the chase. They grabbed their win with a little over six overs to spare.
At UFS Oval 4, North West suffered a shock, 11-run defeat at the hands of Free State. Papiso Matsau took 4/39 to help successfully defend Free State’s 181-run score.
North West’s Elriesa Fourie was a woman batting alone, hitting 86 runs from 89 deliveries with no one providing enough support for her to help her side reach their target. North West were bowled out for 170, giving the hosts their first win in the tournament so far.
In the last match of the day, Western Province served up a 98-run trouncing over Gauteng when they met at UFS Oval 3. This highly anticipated match saw the defending champions record their lowest total (173) in the competition so far after they were asked to bat first. Gauteng’s Shabnim Ismail returned wicketless, but the load was shared well by Nonkululeko Thabethe (3/18) and Raisibe Ntozakhe (3/35).
Andrie Steyn once again shone with the bat, hitting 65 runs in 103 balls on a tough batting track. Yesterday’s centurion, Laura Wolvaardt managed 32 from 51 deliveries, rounding up their most notable contributions.
Robyn Appels and Tatum le Roux starred with the ball. They knocked over the top six for just 24 runs with no one managing to reach double figures. Number seven batter, Zante Steyn scraped together the most runs of the innings (20 off 36 balls) before Ezryn van Aswegen (1/2) caught her off her own bowling bringing in captain, Alexis le Breton (2/2) to see off the last two wickets of Ntozakhe (4) and Yolani Fourie (2). Gauteng were swept away for 75 in 31.4 overs.
Unbeaten Western Province top the Pool A log with 14 points, and Gauteng follow four points behind in second place. In Pool B’s log, Northerns are on top with 10 points, with North West holding tight to second place with nine points, four clear of Boland who are in third place.
All eyes will be turned to tomorrow’s fixtures between Eastern Province and Free State as well as Border versus Boland as the losers of those will be relegated to the regional league (second division) next season. Northerns, with their victory today, have secured their promotion to the national league in the 2017/2018 season.
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
Day Four Fixtures
North West vs Western Province - UFS 4
Northerns vs Gauteng - UFS Oval
Eastern Province vs Free State - St Andrews
Border vs Boland - UFS 3