The Cape Cobras were the most impressive side on view on the first day of the Cricket South Africa U19 Cubs Week in Stellenbosch on Thursday, writes THEO GARRUN.
They chased down a sizeable target of 244 set by the Lions and got there with three balls to spare, thanks mainly to a superb 100 from Ruan Terblanche, who guided his side to a six-wicket win.
The Boland batsman carried his bat and ended on 116 not out, having faced 160 balls, striking 11 fours and two sixes. He was ably assisted by Bonga Makhaka, who made 66.
Earlier, the Lions got to 243-9 in their 50 overs. Their SA Schools player Cameron Shekleton made 98 of those runs, with Mickey Copeland (who wasn’t at Coke Week, having played for the Lions U17 team) contributing 59. Theirs was the biggest total of the morning, but it wasn’t enough, as Terblanche struck a four off the third last ball of the game to secure the win.
There was one other century on the opening day as Warriors batter Luke Beaufort made 103 (129 balls, including five fours and five sixes) in his side’s 49-run win over the Knights. It was back-to-back 100s for Beaufort, as he made 106 for Eastern Province against Free State on the final day of the recent Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week in Cape Town.
Two bowlers secured four-wicket hauls: Nonelela Yikha took 4-33 for the Warriors against the Knights, while Jarred Jardine took all four Cobras wickets in the Lions loss to them.
The games are all being played at the University of Stellenbosch and play continues until next Tuesday.
Lions vs Dolphins
Knights vs Cape Cobras
Warriors vs Titans
Warriors 224-5 (Luke Beaufort 103, Matt Dewar 51, Tristan Stubbs 26 not out; Gerald Coetzee 3-30)
Knights 175 (Ruan Cronjé 31, Garnett Tarr 26, Pheko Moletsane 26; Nonelela Yikha 4-33, Ethan Frosler 2-20)
Warriors won by 49 runs
Lions 243-8 (Cameron Shekleton 98, Michael Copeland 59; Anele Matya 3-32, Achille Cloete 2-41)
Cape Cobras 246-4 (Ruan Terblanché 116 not out, Bonga Makhakha 66; Jarred Goncalves-Jardine 4-45)
Cape Cobras won by six wickets
Titans 144 (Ximus du Plooy 46, Eathan Wentzel 27; Lifa Ntanzi 3-10, Matthew Montgomery 2-18, Mondli Khumalo 2-22)
Dolphins 145-3 (Thamsanqa Khumalo 44, Matthew Montgomery 38 not out, Andile Mogakane 21 not out; Dian Forrester 1-22)
Dolphins won by seven wickets
Photo: Theo Garrun