Curtis, Tullis bat KZN Inland to thrilling victory on Day 2 of U17 Week

KZN celebrates a wicket during day 2 of the CSA Boys Under 17 Week. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

KZN celebrates a wicket during day 2 of the CSA Boys Under 17 Week. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

Half-centuries from openers Angus Curtis and Bryce Tullis saw Kwazulu-Natal Inland chase down a challenging score in the most exciting game of Friday’s round of Twenty20 (T20) fixtures at the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Under-17 week.

A solid batting effort from Border had seen them post 152 for three in their 20 overs, but Curtis (68) and Tullis (56) put on 128 for the first wicket, and Kwazulu-Natal Inland passed their target with just two wickets down and two balls to spare.

There were just two other fifties scored on the day - by Limpopo’s Morne Venter and Eastern Province’s Daine Kruger.

Venter hit 59 against Easterns to help his side chase down a target of 135 and win by five wickets, while Kruger also struck 59 to guide Eastern Province to 142 for seven against North West.

North West were then bowled out for just 96 to give Eastern Province a comfortable 46-run victory.

The outstanding bowling performance of the day was delivered by Western Province fast bowler Ziyaad Abrahams, who took 4 for

10 to keep Free State to 89 for nine. Western Province went on to register a convincing victory, reaching 90 for four in just 17 overs.

Gauteng bowler Wiaan Mulder also took a four-wicket bag, finishing with figures of 4 for 23 in three overs that helped his side defend a target of 140 against Kwazulu-Natal.

Mulder had already hit 38 and Lorenzo Masselli stroked 48 in a Gauteng total of 139 for seven, before Kwazulu-Natal were restricted to 106 for nine.

The most impressive defence of a total on the day was pulled off by Zimbabwe, who scored just 107 for eight after they were put in to bat, but then dismissed Boland for 93 thanks in part to Davis Murwendo’s 3 for 15.

Mpumalanga chased their target the quickest, scoring 93 for four in just 16.4 overs after Griqualand West were bowled out for 91.

Meanwhile, Northerns staged the most impressive comeback of the day, recovering from 39 for five to chase down a target of 105 and beat South Western Districts by three wickets.