Day four of the Momentum U13 Cricket Week in Benoni featured 50 overs-a-side limited-overs matches, and it will be remembered for a long time for a remarkable display of legspin bowling from KwaZulu-Natal Coastal’s Tristan Rossouw, writes THEO GARRUN.
He sent down five overs against Eastern Province and took six wickets without conceding a run. Four of his victims were bowled and two trapped LBW, testament to his guile and accuracy. Jason Butler took 3-4 from the other end, great figures on any other day, but pale in comparison to Rossouw’s feat.
Northerns continue to impress at the week. They are the only side to have won three games – all the matches on day one were rained out – and on Thursday they handed Free State an emphatic eight-wicket hiding. Jacques Lambrecht was in the runs again as he has been all week. He made 40 on Thursday to go with the 86 he got on day three. He put on a 90-run 1st wicket stand with Louw du Preez (50), that took the game away from Free State.
Free State left arm spinner Dorian Rabie took 2-35 in the game, taking his tally of wickets at the week to 18 so far.
Western Province won their second game when they beat the Central Gauteng Lions by three wickets, while the hosts, Easterns, became the only other team to win two out of four by beating Northern Cape by six wickets. A quickfire 96 by Tristan van Schalkwyk saw them home after the Kimberly side had posted a useful 222 in their 50 overs.
The most exciting clash of the week so far was Limpopo’s 1-run win over Zimbabwe. Zim needed two runs with two wickets in hand and seven overs left, but lost their last two men for only one more run to hand Limpopo their first win of the week.
Rossouw’s heroic’s aside, the conditions in Benoni continued to favour the batsmen. There were eight half centuries scored on the day, while Rossouw’s was the only ‘fifer’. In addition to Van Schalkwyk and Du Preez, Joshua Wyngaard got 59 for the Lions vs Western Province; Mihle Gazi made 57 for Border in their win over Bplans; Ross Boast made 68 for KwaZulu-Natal Inland against Northwest; Libalele Mhalangu was 50 not out for Mpumalanga against SWD and Juan Viljoen got 50 for Northern Cape against Easterns.
Free State 139 (Berno de Klerk 22; Hoosein Ebrahim 2-2). Northerns 131-2 (Jacques Lambrecht 40, Louw du Preez 50; Darion Rabie 2-35). Northerns won by eight wickets.
KwaZulu-Natal Coastal 192-9 (Ramoshan Pillay 68; Owen Reyneke-Branard 3-43). Eastern Province 6 (Jason Butler 3-4, Tristan Rossouw 6/0). KwaZulu-Natal Coastal won by 186 runs.
Central Gauteng Lions 161 (Joshua Wyngaard 39, RichrdSeletsane 29; Fayyad Davids 4-40). Western Province 164-7 (Sulcas 37, Kyle Williams 44; Xavier van Rensburg 2-21, Declan Ritchie 2-21). Western Province won by three wickets.
Border 222 (Samuel Strydon 46, Mihle Gazi 57; Juanrico Voster 2-22). Boland 116 (Oyitanda Konomo 4-24). Border won by 106 runs.
KwaZulu-Natal Inland 161 (Matthew Urquart 44, Ross Biast 68; Thuto Motjoi 3-24, Linga May 3-16). Northwetst 165-9 (LungaMay 23; Thando Memela 2-25). Northwest won by one wicket.
Mpumalanga 180 (Libalele Mahlangu 50 not out, Ewald Schreuder 28). SWD 146 (Ewald Schreuder 4-26). Mpumalanga won by 33 runs).
Limpopo 132-9 (Hanno van Zyl 39; Matthew Skonken 2-16, Harry Streak 2-15). Zimbabwe 131 (Tinodaishe Mukhwazi 31; Gerdo Grobler 2-19). Limpopo won by one run.
Northern Cape 222 (Juan Viljoen 52, Gregan Jansen 22; Lumpumlo Mhlongo 3-5). Easterns 227-4 (Tristan van Schalkwyk 96). Easterns won by six wickets.
Photo: Theo Garrun