Lungi Ngidi inspired Northerns to a 10-wicket drubbing over Eastern Province in the latest round of Sunfoil Cup three-day matches played at the weekend.
The 20-year-old took 5-57 in the first innings and then teamed up with debutant Migael Pretorius as they both took four in the second innings to dismiss EP for 73, leaving Northerns with 20 runs for victory.
Ngidi, who won the award for the emerging talent of the Africa T20 Cup last year, recorded career best match figures of 9-82 which ultimately spearheaded his side to a dominant victory.
It was not all bad for the losers, as Gihahn Cloete scored 135 in EP’s first innings and Tladi Bokoko taking 5-75 in the Northerns’ first innings. Cloete had a good weekend, making 70 in the CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge match although Northerns still won by five wickets thanks to Jonathan Vandiar contributing 85 off 79 balls with 11 fours and a six.
Another inexperienced seamer, Lazarus Mokoena, took his first five-wicket haul in only his third first-class match for Gauteng. Devon Conway added his 10th first-class century while Grant Roelofsen made a half-century on his debut in this format as Gauteng beat KZN Inland by 109 runs. Graeme Hume was the pick of the KZN Inland side with a five-wicket haul as did Matt McGillivray for the winners.
In the List A match Gauteng did well to chase down a target of 273, winning by six wickets with three balls to spare. Kyle Nipper (114 not out off 122 balls, 13 fours) had set up KZN Inland’s substantial total of 272 but Gauteng then took charge with a 149-run opening partnership between Yaseen Valli and List A debutant Ryan Rickleton (93 off 117 balls, 7 fours and a six).
Western Province won their second three-day match in a row when they beat SWD by a comfortable 96 runs. Dayyaan Galiem, yet another emerging all-rounder, followed up a half-century in the first innings with figures of 5-60 in the second. George Linde did similarly well, taking 5-10 with his left-arm spin and also making a half-century.
Sybrand Engelbrecht contributed Western Province’s top score of 98 and took that form into the one-day match as well as he (73) and Shaheen Khan (77) shared an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 153 helping their side to an eight-wicket victory.
It was a disappointing weekend for the SWD batsmen but there was some good bowling form from Mafinky Serame (4-25) and debutant Mthobeli Bangindawo (3-15) in the three-day game.
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