The Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week began in glorious sunshine in and around Cape Town on Sunday and from the get-go the players gave notice that this is going to a special edition of the annual under-19 interprovincial tournament, writes THEO GARRUN.
The games were evenly contested and big totals were the order of the day.
And, while you customarily wait until day two or three for the first hundreds and five-wicket hauls to be notched up, there were three hundreds scored in the morning session and by the end of the day there were three ‘fifers’ and a further 12 half-centuries.
There were several outstanding individual performances. Pride of place should probably go to Dian Forrester of Northerns. The Affies player is down in the tournament brochure as an all-rounder and he showed that he is certainly that. He was 107 not out in the Northerns innings against KwaZulu-Natal Inland and followed that up by taking five wickets for 25 including the last one – in the final over – to give his side a 1st innings win.
Not far behind in terms of individual feats was Jacques Volsoo of Mpumalanga. He took 6-21 in the Northern Cape 1st innings, and then 3-11 in their second, for a match total of nine. That led to Northern Cape losing five second-innings wickets, giving Mpumalanga the only outright victory of the day.
The other two centuries came from Eastern Province captain Tristan Stubbs (101 vs Boland) and Western Province’s Jonathan Bird (114 vs Border).
The other five-wicket haul came from North West’s Marco Jansen, who took 6-26 against SWD.
There were big half-centuries by Garnett Tarr (73, Free State vs Easterns); Luke Holland (82, Free State vs Easterns), Ludwig Kaestner (87, Northerns vs KZN Inland) and Divan la Cock (99, Nambia vs Limpopo).
Defending champions, the Central Gauteng Lions struggled against the very good KZN Coastal attack, only making 202-8. Their spin bowlers, led by Kgaudi Molefe (4-37) bamboozled the Durban batsmen, however, and they bowled them out for 115.
The Lions are already looking like main game contenders, although there were also good wins for Western Province and Northerns, and it’s early days.
Monday’s games are once again time cricket matches.
Central Gauteng vs Border
Boland vs KZM inland
Northerns vs Western Province
Eastern Province vs KZN Coastal
Free State vs Mpumalanga
SWD vs Namibia
Easterns vs Northern Cape
Northwest vs Limpopo
Border vs Northern Cape
Western Province 1st innings 260-3 (Lehan Botha 33, Jonathan Bird 114, Bonga Makaka 53 not out; Luke Dallas 2-62)
Border 1st innings 114 (Akanya Rebe 34; Siya Plaatjie 3-20, Jordan Collier 3-28)
Western Province 2nd innings 16-0
Border 2nd innings 77-3 (Stuart Els 36)
Western Province won on first innings
Central Gauteng Lions 1st innings 202-8 (Cameron Shekleton 60, Emanuel Motswiri 51 not out, Linda Ndlovu 39; Joshua Brown 3-31, Andile Mogakane 3-39, Prealin Naidu 2-16)
KwaZulu-Natal Coastal 1st innings 151 (Andile Mogakane 34, Mhlengi Ndaba 29, Robert Koenig 31 not out; Kgaudise Molefe 4-37, Obakeng Maila 2-16, Bryce Parsons 2-41)
Central Gauteng Lions won on first innings
Northerns 1st innings 281-5 (Dian Forrester 107 not out, Ludwig Kaestner 87; Wezo Lwando Gqiba 2-36)
KwaZulu-Natal Inland 1st innings 212 (James Ritchie 36, Wezo Lwando Gqiba 39, Gareth Schreuder 44; Dian Forrester 5/25)
Northerns won on first innings
Eastern Province 1st innings 233 (Tristan Stubbs 101, Bavu Manyakanyaka 37; Kieron Williams 3-40, Samuel Henderson 2-34)
Boland 1st innings 118-6 (Samuel Henderson 38, Akeem Minaar 30 not out).
Free State 1st innings 259-8 (Garnett Tarr 73, Brian Kershaw 65 not out; WP Myburgh 4-73)
Easterns first innings 169-5 (Luke Holland 82, Thulani Tembele 51; Delano Williams 2-10)
Namibia 1st innings 243-6 (Divan la Cock 99 not out, Dian Neethling 36, Ramon Wilmot 35; Fumani Maluleke 2-29)
Limpopo 1st innings 124-8 (Glen Groenewald 34, Johan Harms 26; Mauritius Ngupita 3-22)
North West 1st innings 145 (Duan Jansen 65; Ayabonga Anthony 4-40, Reagan Rhode 4-44)
South Western Districts 1st innings 173-9 (Jedhli van Briesies 38, Tyrece Karelse 51; Marco Jansen 6-26)
SWD won on first innings
Northern Cape first innings 137 (Resegofaditswe Mothibi 56; Jacques Vosloo 6-21, Faheem Nomani 2-13)
Mpumalanga 1st innings 81 (Khutlwano Mokwena 3-14)
Northern Cape 2nd innings 20-5 (Jacques Vosloo 3-11)
Mpumalanga 2nd innings 82-2 (Cameron Howe-Dreyer 35).
Mpumalanga won outright
Photo: Theo Garrun