The biggest victory margin on the second day of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Girls under-19 Week went to North West, who beat Eastern Province by 150 runs in Port Elizabeth on Monday.
The visitors posted a hefty 287/6 at the end of their allotted 50 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat first at Old Grey. Half-centuries from Tanya Whitehorn (94* off 101 balls) and Carma Rossouw (83 off 98) were the catalyst, with assistance from the hosts who conceded 61 runs in extras.
Rossouw got her side off to a solid start with a 92-run opening stand with Tshegofatso Rampai (29) before the latter’s dismissal at the hands of Chaneka Lotter (1/70), but Whitehorn ensured that the scoreboard kept ticking with their 96-run, third-wicket partnership and returned unbeaten, her innings including 14 fours.
Two run outs along with Liné du Preez (2/18) and Ané van Wyk’s (2/9) pairs saw the home side bowled out for 137 in their reply, with a full 10 overs to spare.
At NMU A, Nadia Mbokotwana (4/7) and Leanne Eksteen (4/10) shared eight wickets between them to bowl Gauteng out for a measly 24 runs in response to Western Province’s 132-run total.
Four ducks and no scores above opener, Jenna Searle’s 10 off 50 balls gave the Cape side an easy victory after WP’s Anri Grobbelaar hit a 70-ball 57 to help her side to the respectable score.
A positive that Gauteng can take from the match is Samantha Schutte’s spell of four wickets for 25 runs in eight overs, including two maidens, but WP still won by landslide 108 runs.
In the other 108-run victory of the day, Easterns came out on top when they faced Boland at Victoria Park B Field. The latter were skittled out for just 33 runs on the hunt for Easterns’ set target of 142.
At NMU Tech, Free State were the comprehensive, 10-wicket victors in their fixture against South Western Districts. The former’s René Nel took 4/14 in six overs, restricting SWD to 65 after putting them in to bat first.
The only double figures in SWD’s scorecard were on the extras column (32) as they were knocked over for Chani Damons’ eight runs or less.
Free State’s Delmari Hoffman (43*) and Nel (15*) played a mature innings, achieving their target at a run a ball.
In other fixtures, Kei secured a second-consecutive victory when they beat Mpumalanga by eight wickets, Limpopo bounced back from yesterday’s trouncing with an emphatic, eight-wicket triumph over KwaZulu-Natal Inland; and Border served a comfortable, six-wicket win over Northern Cape.
Finally, at Victoria Park A Field, Northerns continued their dominance in the competition with a 23-run conquest over KwaZulu-Natal Coastal.
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