De Ridder leads Eastern Province to back-to-back win at Girls U19 Week

CSA Girls Under 19 Week (Photo by Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images)

CSA Girls Under 19 Week (Photo by Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images)

Mieke de Ridder hit 32 and an unbeaten 63 to lead her side to consecutive wins on Day 2 of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Girls under-19 Week in Nelspruit on Saturday.

Eastern Province (EP) beat Free State and the South Western Districts (SWD) by 37 and 53 runs respectively on the day’s T20 matches.

In the first match versus Free State, EP were restricted to 90/8 in their allotted overs but bounced back to level the opposition by 53 runs in 12.3 overs to win. L Brits was the chief destroyer, taking four wickets for just 10 runs.

In the second match against SWD, EP made a better showing with the bat, posting a solid 170/6 thanks largely to Ridder’s 63*. SWD’s Micéla Andrews (56) scored a half century in their reply, but it was not enough against a rampant EP bowling attack. They fell 53 runs short of victory.

Western Province (WP) also pulled off a double-header win, beating Gauteng in the first session’s biggest game by 21 runs and Limpopo by a comprehensive 10 wickets in the second match.

Laura Wolvaardt led by example, scoring a half century in the match against Gauteng, helping her side to a competitive 132/7 in their 20 overs. Gauteng could only manage 111/5, with Robyn Searle top scoring with 42.

WP went even harder against Limpopo, who were bundled out for 65, but did well to bat out their innings. Lara Goodall returned an unbeaten 31 runs to lead her side to victory.

North West, Northerns and KwaZulu-Natal Coastal were the last three to win both of their matches.

North West beat Free State and SWD by seven wickets and 15 runs respectively, Northerns beat KZN Inland and Boland by 66 and 26 runs respectively, while KZN Coastal beat Easterns and Border by 47 and 84 runs respectively.

Kei suffered a double loss; to Border by 38 runs and Easterns by seven wickets, while Gauteng bounced back from their loss against WP to beat Mpumalanga by 10 runs.

Limpopo, Griqualand West (Griquas) and Boland managed to record a win each on the day. Limpopo beat Mpumalanga by nine wickets, while Griquas beat KZN Inland by three wickets in the first session, but lost to Boland by 31 runs in the second.