Carmi le Roux bagged five wickets in two matches to help Gauteng make a fiery start to the Africa T20 Cup with two bonus-point wins as Pool B opened in Oudtshoorn on Friday.
The left-arm seamer took four for 23 and then managed one for 22 as the Johannesburg-based side smashed Zimbabwe and then hosts South Western Districts.
The wins helped them end the day with 10 points and in a strong position to push on for a semi-final berth next weekend – a position that only the four teams who top their groups will earn.
In Gauteng’s first game, Le Roux’s four-for shot out the Zimbabweans for a paltry 48 in 12.2 overs with Nandre Burger chipping in with an equally impressive three for 11.
Wiaan Mulder took two for 13, before fellow Standard Bank Protea Temba Bavuma hit an unbeaten 33 to take his side to victory with 74 balls to play.
The second win was marginally more difficult as Gauteng beat SWD by 40 runs.
This after they posted 170 for three, having won the toss and batted.
Opener Delano Potgieter made 71 (53 balls, 5 fours, 3 sixes) and Mulder chipped in with an unbeaten 46.
Juan Landsberg (2/15) was one of three bowlers to pick up two wickets as the hosts were bowled out for 130 in 19.5 overs.
Northerns played just one game in the group and they won it marginally by overcoming Free State with a 14-run win.
Batting first the former posted 150 for four thanks to Leus du Plooy (45). Patrick Botha bagged three for 22.
Luvuyo Nkese (2/14) was amongst three bowlers to claim two wickets each to ensure the Bloemfontein side were kept to 136 for seven – Andries Gous top-scoring with 60 off 43 deliveries.
The Free Staters also lost their other game on the day, going down by seven wickets to the Zimbabweans. Asked to bat first, they were kept to 145 for five despite Rudi Second hitting 51 (41 balls, 4 fours, 1 six). In reply, Tarisai Musakanda hit 38 not out to take the Africans to victory with four overs remaining.
POOL B FIXTURES – OUDTSHOORN
Saturday, September 15
South Western Districts v Free State, Recreation Ground
Zimbabwe v Northerns, Bridgton Sports Ground
13:30 – 16:40
South Western Districts v Northerns, Recreation Ground
Gauteng v Free State, Bridgton Sports Ground
Sunday, September 16
Gauteng v Northerns, Recreation Ground
South Western Districts v Zimbabwe, Recreation Ground