• Maree magic as Boland U17 stun Gauteng

    A splendid five-wicket haul by Dillon Maree helped Boland stun Gauteng by 10 runs on the final day of the RCASA Boys U17 Week in Kimberley on Friday.

    There were also victories for Free State, Eastern Province Inland, North West, Eastern Province Coastal and hosts Northern Cape as 50-over cricket drew the curtain on a busy week of action.

    The upset of the day was at the KHS Main field, where the right-arm spinner Maree claimed 5-19 to help bowl out Gauteng for 124. This was in reply to the 134 made by Boland, which was built around an unbeaten 45 off 92 by Liam Martin.

    The Johannesburg-based team were then cruising along before Maree and Lathitha Plaaitjies (3-22) cut them to size and seized a memorable victory for Boland.

    There was also a good win by EPC over KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, thanks to a superb all-round display from Lanroe Rens. The all-rounder first made 52 (66 balls, five fours, two sixes) to help his side amass 174-7. He then claimed 2-18 to enable EPC to dismiss KZNC for 130 in 26.3 overs.

    EPI had Musa Green and Brett Amsterdam to thank after both turned in telling performances with the ball to help overcome Kei U19 by eight wickets. The former bagged 3-1 and the latter 3-31 to help dismiss the opposition for 94 in 30.4 overs.

    Amsterdam also played a key hand with the bat after he made an unbeaten 56 (75 balls, seven fours) to guide EPI to a comfortable eight-wicket win.

    Another strong all-round showing came from Kelvin Olivier after he struck 48 and claimed 3-11 to secure FS a 63-run victory over Border.

    Border Village went down by eight wickets after AJ Venter nabbed a brilliant 5-18 to help NW to an easy win.

    Finally, NC thumped Kei U17 by seven wickets, thanks to Casper du Plessis taking 5-29 and Kyle Cloete recording an unbeaten 42.

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