Christensen extends Emerging team advantage

Mathew Christensen and Malibongwe Makete

Mathew Christensen and Malibongwe Makete

Mathew Christensen’s maiden career century helped the Powerade South Africa Emerging team continue to dominate on day two of their second four-day match against Zimbabwe A in Kwekwe on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old, who was unbeaten on 88 overnight, went on to make a career-best 127 (255 balls, 19 fours) as his side amassed 454, before they then reduced the home side to 162/4 at the halfway stage of the game.

Kyle Simmonds also continued to impress on the trip, following up his century in the previous game with a blistering 64 (59 balls, 7 fours, 1 six) at the Kwekwe Sports Club where the South Africans were eventually bowled out in 126.5 overs.

It was then the turn of the bowlers to perform and they did not disappoint.

A wicket each from Michael Cohen (1/51) and Lwandiswa Zuma (1/27) reduced the home side to 20/2, while further strikes from Okuhle Cele (1/19) and Thomas Kaber (1/23) left the Zimbabweans in real strife on 87/4. An unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 75 between Regis Chakabva (35) and Charles Kunje (34) helped the home side recover to reach the close in a more respectable position.

Powerade SA National Academy Men’s Squad: Karabo Mogotsi (Gauteng), Wihan Lubbe (North West), Yaseen Vallie (Gauteng), Tony de Zorzi (Northerns), Janneman Malan (North West), Senuran Muthusamy (KZN), Isaac Digale (North West), Michael Cohen (WP), Lwandiswa Zuma (KZN), Tladi Bokako (EP), Okuhle Cele (KZN), Migael Pretorius (Northerns), Ndumiso Mvelase (Gauteng), Kyle Simmonds (Boland), Thomas Kaber (Northerns), Kyle Verrynne (WP), Matthew Christensen (EP), Wiaan Mulder (Gauteng).

Management team: Malibongwe Maketa (Head Coach), Shane Burger (Assistant Coach), Nandile Tyali (Fitness Trainer), Michael Gwilliams (Physio), Hendrikus Coertzen (Video Analyst).