19 Dec ERASMUS SHINES BRIGHTEST AS FREE STATE TAKE PLAUDITS AT CSA GIRLS U19 WEEK
BLOEMFONTEIN: Local hero, Georgia Erasmus was the star of the show as Free State were the only team to win all their matches at the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Girls Under-19 Week that was held in Bloemfontein this past week.
The young batter top scored in each of the four matches played by the hosts to help them overcome Mpumalanga (nine wickets), Easterns (117 runs DLS), Northern Cape (five wickets) and KEI (six wickets).
Erasmus hit scores of 35, 40, 20 and 20 respectively, whilst she was ably supported with the ball by the likes of Chane Lang, Karabelo Masiela and Anke Koen. Free State were denied the opportunity to add another win on the final day when inclement weather brought a premature end to the week.
Amongst the other teams, there were three wins apiece by the Eastern Cape pair of Eastern Province and Border as well as Western Province.
Bowler, Megan Fourie (4/11) proved a key player for Eastern Province in a 48-run win over KwaZulu-Natal Inland, while Noluyolo Mkhaliphi nabbed two for four to help down KZN Coastal by 61 runs. Lana Von Hagen (3/7) played a key hand in their last win, a slender three-run triumph, over Limpopo.
For Border, Siyahluma Mabombo blasted 40 and 46 respectively in wins over Garden Route Badgers and Limpopo, while Liyema Jubati took a superb two for five in a 20-run win over Mpumalanga. The first of the Western Province wins were built around Sineliso Yaso after she hit 31 off 42 Balls in their fighting two-wicket triumph over Lions on the opening day. The impressive batter also made 19 in their solo loss to Titans, but it was Alexia Kontopirakis who helped them bounce back from that loss with the dreamy figures of five for seven in a 10-wicket drubbing of KZN Inland.
Their other win over Limpopo was built around Jada Jacobs’ 23 off 17 balls and another exceptional bowling performance of three overs, three maidens and one wicket by Rifqah Esau. Although Titans did not win all their games, their batter, Amogelang Maphangula struck the highest score of the week – 65 off 69 balls – in a 117-run win over KZN Inland.
Results and scorecards from all the games at the CSA Girls Under-19 Week can be found on PitchVision.
Issued by: Cricket South Africa – Corporate Communications
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