THE Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal Inland batsmen went on the rampage on the opening day of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) under-17 week at Stellenbosch on Friday.
Gauteng piled up 359/4 declared in 60 overs, having been given a good start by Liam Smith (109). Delano Potgieter then took the Border attack apart as he blasted his way to an unbeaten 103 off 61 balls. He received good support from Martyn Strydom (81) who also had a strike rate well in excess of 100 percent.
Potgieter continued his good form when he took 3/8 in the Border first innings as they crumbled to 104 all out. They did, however, manage to avoid an outright defeat.
Jason Marshall (140) and Brandan Tattam (93*) were the stars as KZN Inland posted 284/2 declared in 65 overs against Easterns. The latter declared well in arrears but were not able to achieve a come-from-behind victory.
Brendan Owen (108*) played a fine innings to enable Eastern Province to chase down a total in excess of 250 and give his side a first innings victory over the KZN Coastal team while Eldin Rossouw played a captain’s innings of 107 to earn SWD a creditable draw against Northerns.
Vian Maritz also played a fine innings of 73 not out to enable North West to score a first innings win over Western Province.
The best bowling performances came from Matthew Rohlandt who took 6/17 in an exciting match for Griquas against Limpopo. The two teams were tied on the first innings at 128 runs each before Griquas got home by six wickets in the second innings chase.
Benjamin van Niekerk took 5/43 for Mpumalanga against Free State.
Zimbabwe 126 (Gary King 44; Reinhardt Fortuin 3/24) and 88/1 (Nick Welch 51*); Boland 159 (Kundai Matigimu 3/22, Brad Evans 3/27). Boland won on 1st innings.
Free State 180 (Sean Whitehead 43; Benjamin van Niekerk 5/43); Mpumalanga (last available score): 62/2.
KZN Inland 284/2 dec (Jason Marshall 140, Brandan Tattam 93*) and 1/0 dec; Easterns 145/4 dec (Vaughn Humphrey 76) and 48/0. Match drawn
Gauteng 359/4 dec (Liam Smith 109, Delano Potgieter 103*, Martyn Strydom 81, Sebastian Green 42) and 2/0 dec; Border 104 (Delano Potgieter 3/8) and 50/3. Gauteng won on 1st innings
Limpopo 128 (Matthew Rohlandt 6/17) and 56/5 dec; Griquas 128 (Etienne Botha 4/28) and 57/4. Griquas won by 6 wickets.
WP 197 (Louren Steenkamp 3/18); North West 200/8 (Vian Maritz 73*; Robin Kriel 3/23, Tyler Sylvester 3/37). North West won on 1st innings
KZN Coastal 253 (Mekhalin Naidoo 53, Tafara Mupariwa 41); EP 257/5 (Brendon Owen 108*). EP won on 1st innings
Northerns 233/8 (Abrie Smit 49; Jean Heunis 3/45); SWD 174/8 (Eldin Rossouw 107; Diwan Odendaal 4/11). Match drawn