• Africa T20 Cup semi-finals drawn

    Cricket South Africa have drawn the match-ups for the 2018 Africa T20 Cup semi-finals.

    Gauteng will face North West in the first semi-final and Border will host Easterns in the second. Both matches will be played at Buffalo Park in East London on Sunday, 23 September. The final will be played 24 hours later, at the same venue.

    ‘The Africa T20 Cup has once again seen a highly competitive pool round with two of the four sections finishing in a three-way tie and having to be decided by net run rate,’ said Cricket South Africa general┬ámanager of cricket Corrie van Zyl.

    ‘For the fourth year in a row, we will have a new winner’s name on the trophy as none of the four semi-finalists has won it before and this is also indicative of a tightly fought competition.’

    Easterns overcame KwaZulu-Natal, Uganda, KwaZulu-Natal Inland and Western Province in pool A.

    Gauteng outdid Northerns, the Zimbabwe Select XI, Free State and South Western Districts in pool B.

    Border succeeded over Eastern Province, Namibia, Kenya and Mpumalanga in pool C.

    North West proved superior to Boland, Northern Cape, Limpopo and Nigeria in pool D.

    ‘It is an ideal competition to identify emerging talent and in its four-year history, it has already produced a number of Proteas.

    ‘It is also filling its broader mandate of providing more playing opportunities to our African brothers as well as to our own affiliate members and the decision to expand the competition to 20 teams has been more than justified,’ added Van Zyl.

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