Petersen, Coetzee guide Northern Cape past KZN

KIMBERLEY, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 08: Werner Coetzee of Northren Cape during the Africa T20 Cup match between Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal a at Diamond Oval on September 08, 2017 in Kimberley, South Africa. (Photo by Louis Botha/Gallo Images)

KIMBERLEY, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 08: Werner Coetzee of Northren Cape during the Africa T20 Cup match between Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal a at Diamond Oval on September 08, 2017 in Kimberley, South Africa. (Photo by Louis Botha/Gallo Images)

Keegan Petersen struck an unbeaten 48 as Northern Cape made heavy weather of a low-scoring chase to edge out Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal by six wickets in their Africa T20 Cup opener at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Friday.

The right-hander anchored the innings with his 44-ball knock as the hosts hunted down a 129-run victory target with five balls to spare.

Petersen shared in an unbroken 46-run partnership with captain Werner Coetsee (23) after the home side had encountered earlier trouble that left them on 83/4 at one stage.

But the fifth-wicket stand eventually settled nerves for NC and ensured they crossed the line with a few balls to spare.

It gave them a strong start to Pool C.

Skipper Coetsee also played a key role with the ball earlier, after taking two for 27 to ensure the Durbanites limped to 128/7.

Patrick Kruger was the pick of the bowlers for the Cape side, taking three for 19 after KZN had won the toss and opted to bat first.

There was one stand-out batsman for the visitors – rookie Khalipha Cele made 60 (50 balls, 6 fours).
Jason Wagner (23) was the only other batsman to cross 20.