Danaard Rossouw claimed five wickets across two matches to help North West win both their matches on the third day of the RCASA Boys U17 Week in Kimberley on Wednesday.
His team was one of three to secure twin wins alongside Border and Gauteng with Twenty20 cricket the order of proceedings. The fast bowler first took 2-20 as NW overcame Free State by seven wickets.
Free State batted first after they lost the toss and were asked to take first strike, the response being 131-8. But Lohan Hefer’s unbeaten 52 off 48 balls (5×4) led the Potchefstroom-based team to victory.
Rossouw then managed a brilliant 3-8 in the later game as Kei U17s were shot out for 83. This was in response to the 117-4 made by NW, who went on to secure a straightforward 34-run triumph.
Border meanwhile, earned their wins against Northern Cape and Eastern Province Coastal. In the early game, Asakhe Lwana starred with bat and ball as NC were beaten by 47 runs. The star all-rounder top-scored with 47 out of 120-6 and then nabbed 4-13 as the opposition were bowled out for 73.
Zibele Kene took 3-10 in the second match as EPC posted 111 all out, with Border replying with 115-7 in a three-wicket win.
As for Gauteng, they edged KwaZulu-Natal Coastal by 10 runs in their first game, before thumping NC by nine wickets later in the day. Michael Barnard claimed an astonishing 3-5 to roll over the opposition for 49 in the latter game before Gauteng cruised to their target in 8.5 overs.
In other action, 46 from Uviwe Moshani played a key role as Kei U17s bounced back from their morning loss to NW by edging Eastern Province Inland by two runs.
The Kei U19s meanwhile, lost both their matches, first surrendering by four wickets to EPC after Viwe Gana’s dreamy figures of 4-5.
In the afternoon, Mohamed Taqvi went one better with 5-10 for KZNC as the Kei U19s were skittled for 32 on their way to a 106-run loss.
There was also some good batting on day three after Lathitha Plaaitjies made 51 off 58 balls in Boland’s 16-run win over Border Village.
The Villagers did hit back in their afternoon game to beat EPI by 17 runs, with Sikho Gaushe collecting 3-8.
Finally, an unbeaten 33 by Dylan Smith guided Free State to a four-wicket win over Boland.
Day Four of the RCASA Boys U17 Week continues on Thursday. To follow the live action from Kimberley, visitwww.websports.co.za.
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