KwaZulu-Natal Inland and Easterns beat Gauteng and Boland, respectively, in Sunday’s CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge fixtures.
Gauteng vs KwaZulu-Natal Inland
Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Mangaliso Mosehle’s century went in vain, as Gauteng slipped to a hefty seven-wicket defeat at the hands of KwaZulu-Natal Inland at the University of Witwatersrand’s Walter Milton Oval in Johannesburg.
The result proved somewhat of an upset, after Gauteng won the Africa T20 Cup last month, but had the services of international cricketers Wiaan Mulder and Temba Bavuma at the time.
Mosehle’s 105, which spanned a mere 83 deliveries and featured 10 fours and seven sixes, pushed Gauteng to 228 all out in 42.2 overs. The steely right-hander severely lacked support, evidenced by a mere seven runs between batsmen four, six, seven and eight. Fast bowler Gareth Dukes and spinner Nduduzo Mfoza proved the pick of the visiting bowlers, snaring two key wickets each.
KwaZulu-Natal Inland’s convincing reply was spearheaded by skipper Luke Schlemmer’s 117 not out and ensured triumph arrived with all of 88 deliveries to spare.
The captain’s vigil was struck off 110 balls and was lined with 15 fours and twin sixes. Middle-order duo Sohail Mahmoud and Grant Roelofson provided capable support.
Easterns vs Boland
Also in Pool A, Easterns sealed a tight two-run win over Boland at Willowmoore Park in Benoni.
Requiring a dozen runs off the final over of the pursuit, Boland tail-enders Reeve Cyster and Brandon Glover gathered nine from the opening five deliveries. Glover, however, was bowled by spinner Jurie Snyman off the last ball.
Boland’s 238 all out, indeed, was nominally inferior to Easterns’ 240, which was built on the back of all-rounder Matthew Arnold’s half-century. Arnold also snared three important wickets.
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