AIDEN MARKRAM took the next step upwards on what has been a highly impressive young career to date when he scored his maiden first-class century (157 off 200 balls, 24 fours and 3 sixes) to set Northerns up for a 9-wicket victory over Easterns at the LC de Villiers Oval in the last round of Sunfoil Cup 3-day matches.
He added another 33 runs in Northerns successful second innings runs chase to achieve an aggregate of 190 for the match.
“It was an important milestone for him,” commented coach, Mark Charlton. “He has done very well in white-ball cricket but this was his first century against the red-ball. It was a big century as well and something he has been working towards.”
There was a remarkable finish with Northerns needing 85 for victory with the weather closing in fast. As a result they promoted Heinrich Klaasen (39 not out off 15 balls, 1 four and 4 sixes) to open the batting and he and Markram finished the game in 6.3 overs with the help of No. 3, Rivaldo Moonsamy.
“We could not have got in more than one more over,” commented a relieved Charlton.
Western Province achieved the other outright victory of the weekend, beating Border by 100 runs at Buffalo Park. It was a relatively low scoring match, dominated by the seamers on both sides. Mpilo Njoloza took three wickets in each innings for Western Province while Thokozani Peter took four wickets in the first and Brendan Young four in the second.
The best bowling return of the weekend, however, came from SWD’s Glenton Stuurman who took 7/85 against KZN. Unfortunately his side lost by an innings and 75 runs, denying him the opportunity to complete a 10-wicket haul.
Jonathan Vandiar (114 off 198 balls, 18 fours) and Daryn Smit (92 off 169 balls, 12 fours) set up KZN’s victory with a fifth wicket partnership of 136.
With most sides having completed two matches at least Western Province are comfortably top of Pool A although Northerns could catch up with them, having won their only match. There is a tight contest at the top of Pool B with KZN Inland leading Boland by 0.5 of a point.
In the CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge SWD beat KZN by 18 runs on the D/L method while the fixture between Border and Western Province was washed out.
Northerns beat Easterns by 8 wickets in the CSA Provincial T20 competition.