• Sethlodi six-for leads North West to victory

    Katlego Sethlodi delivered a stunning performance with the ball to help North West beat Free State on the final day of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Girls U19 Week in Pietermaritzburg on Friday.

    Her side won by five wickets at the Haworth Oval, with the medium-pacer claiming an impressive 6-17 in four overs. It enabled NW to dismiss FS for just 45 in 9.5 overs, before they hunted down the target in 8.1 overs – Megan Heyns (39 not out off 22 balls) the star – as the competition concluded with a round of T20 cricket for the 16 teams.

    One of the feature games of the day between KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Coastal and Western Province produced a photo finish after the former edged the contest by two runs at Hannahs.

    Batting first, KZNC were dismissed for 84 thanks to the remarkable figures of 3.2-1-4-5 by Leah Jones. However, her performance was still not good enough to gain a win after the WP batting could only reply with 82-9 – Zesizwe Linah Mngadi (3-12) and Phumelele Mthembu (3-15) returning three wickets each.

    Nadine de Klerk meanwhile, continued her excellent week for Northerns as they thumped Easterns by 68 runs. The Proteas Women’s all-rounder was the top-scorer of the day with an unbeaten 63 off 57 balls (7×4), with Ricea Coetzer (41) supporting her well as their side totalled 124-3 after winning the toss and batting.

    Nomahlubi Makgato then took 3-11 and De Klerk (2-3) as Easterns were ruthlessly dismissed for 56.

    In other action, Chane van den Berg (3-8) and Koketso Manyaga (3-9) shared six wickets to help Limpopo cruise to a four-wicket win over Eastern Province.

    A thriller between Border and Mpumalanga saw 62 play 63-9 as the latter side edged the game by a single wicket and with five balls to spare – Siyolise Fawuli impressing with her figures of 3-3.

    Gauteng thumped Kei by nine wickets in their game at Holleys, while an unbeaten 38 from Sarah Barber helped KwaZulu-Natal Inland win by 55 runs against South Western Districts.

    Finally, an unbeaten 11 from Angelica Bellmunt scripted an entertaining one-wicket for Boland over Northern Cape.

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