Northerns remain unbeaten with double triumph at Girls Week

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 12: Mashadi Kekana during the CSA Cricket Week Girls U/19 on December 12, 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Johan Rynners/Gallo Images)

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 12: Mashadi Kekana during the CSA Cricket Week Girls U/19 on December 12, 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Johan Rynners/Gallo Images)

Northerns continued their winning ways as they narrowly beat Easterns by two runs, followed by a comprehensive 10-wicket victory over Boland during the T20 segment of the of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Girls under-19 Week in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday. The youngsters from Pretoria are unbeaten after three days in the tournament so far.

In their morning match against Easterns, Northerns were limited to 70/8 thanks to Gabisile Nkosi (3/7) and Mpho Moime (3/13). The low score did not intimidate coach Martalize Fouche’s charges however, the bowlers maintained the pressure, ensuring that the East Rand side could only reach 68/4 at the end of their innings, Robyn Dormehl was not out for 28.

In the afternoon, Northerns were a lot more ruthless when they took on Boland in Gelvandale. Seventeen-year-old Momentum Proteas bowler, Nadine de Klerk led the attack, taking three wickets for 18 runs with Mashadi Kekana chipping in with 2/4, restricting the opposition to a scant 36/9.

De Klerk (19*) and her opening partner Tebogo Macheke (10*) made quick work of the chase, reaching their target in 25 balls with the help of 11 extras conceded by team from Paarl.

It was not a good day for them as this loss came after a morning 71-run defeat to KZN Coastal.

At Victoria Park, Western Province produced strong back-to-back wins, beating Limpopo by 57 runs, followed by a 146-run drubbing of KwaZulu-Natal Inland in the afternoon.

A half-century by Alinda van der Merwe (51 off 53 balls), followed by 20s from Anri Grobbelaar (24) and Sarah Smith (20) took the Cape side to a competitive 133/4 at the end of their allotted overs after electing to bat first in the morning.

Limpopo’s batters could not respond in kind, with just Anzelle Pretorius hitting an unbeaten 34 runs as her side could only manage 76/5 in their innings.

In the afternoon, Sarah Smith smashed 82 runs in 49 balls (12 fours), leading WP to 175/4 after being put in to bat first by KZN Inland. They did well with the ball in hand as well, Nosipho Vezi took 3/7 with Aja la Grange chipping in with a notable 2/1 in two overs as the Inland side were bowled out for 29 with 18 balls to spare.

In other matches, KZN Coastal denied Easterns victory in their afternoon clash, beating them by 12 runs, while Gauteng enjoyed a double victory when they beat KZN Inland by 59 runs and Limpopo by 35 later on.

North West also achieved dual wins, claiming a 32-run triumph over Kei and holding their nerve for success by 11 runs over Mpumalanga. The latter also suffered a 36-run defeat to Eastern Province, the last team to win both fixtures, earlier in the day. They wrapped up their day well with a 21-run win over Kei.

Elsewhere, Free State bounced back from their morning, 41-run loss against Border to beat Northern Cape by five wickets in the afternoon. A disappointing end to the day for the Northern Cape after they edged South Western Districts by three wickets earlier on.

Finally, SWD responded well to their morning loss, beating Border by 24 runs in the afternoon to end the day on a positive note.

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