Campher and Richards lead Gauteng to victory in Coke Week main match

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 21: Curtis Campher of Gauteng celebrates the wicket of Bradley Mauer of Border during the match between Border and Gayteng on day 5 of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week at Wanderers Stadium on December 21, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 21: Curtis Campher of Gauteng celebrates the wicket of Bradley Mauer of Border during the match between Border and Gayteng on day 5 of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week at Wanderers Stadium on December 21, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Curtis Campher took 6/29 and Joshua Richards scored an unbeaten 104 runs as Gauteng beat Border by a comprehensive nine wickets in the main match on the last day of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week at the Bidvest Wanderers on Thursday.

Campher’s 9.1-over spell saw the Eastern Cape side restricted to 193 in 43.1 overs with two wickets added by Luzandre Mora (2/35) and Ntokozo Mahlaba (2/35). Border’s Sinethemba Qeshile ended the week on a positive note, hitting 59 runs from 70 deliveries as a follow up on yesterday’s century (103 against KZN Coastal). He and Luke Dallas (38 off 65) shared a 90-run partnership for the seventh wicket after they were in trouble earlier on, on 84/6.

Richards’ knock off 123 balls included 10 fours as he and Jacob Miltz (61* off 91) carried their team home after the early loss of Matthew Erasmus at the hands of Bradley Mauer for 15. Gauteng achieved victory with just over 10 overs to spare.

At the Wanderers Club Oval, Luke Holland smashed 17 boundaries as he returned not-out for 113 off 121 balls, batting Easterns to an eight-wicket triumph over Limpopo.

The team from up north posted a competitive 213/9 at the end of their 50 overs, with Glen Groenewald top scoring on 62 (92). Easterns’ Sinenhlanhla Zwane (3/31) and Carlton Mduli (3/38) took six wickets between them, with Kyle Saxby (2/36) chipping in with a pair of his own.

Aron Visser accompanied Holland to victory with his own impressive knock of 62 runs, ending their side’s week on a high.

At St. Davids, Namibia’s Ben Shikongo (5/12) and Petrus Burger (5/15) were simply sensational as they took 10 wickets between them, each returning a five-wicket haul as they served a 211-run thrashing of Northern Cape.

The neighbours posted a 243-run target for the youngsters from the diamond province, but they were swiftly bundled out for 31 in 13.3 overs.

In other matches, Mpumalanga ended their tournament with a solid, 43-run victory over North West, Northerns overcame Western Province by seven wickets, Free State bounced back from yesterday’s loss with a five-wicket win over South Western Districts and it was KwaZulu-Natal Inland who won the battle of the Zululand with an emphatic, 103-run overthrow of their Coastal foes. Finally, Eastern Province came out on top when they went up against Boland, beating them by four wickets.