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Kruger and Basel lay foundation for convincing victory by Gauteng at u19 Girls Week

By Franco Oberholzer , in Cricket | News , at 2023-12-11 Tags:

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 11: Jae-Leigh Filander of Western Province during the match between Western Province and Garden Route Badgers on day 2 of the CSA Girls U/19 Week at Wynberg Boys High – Jacques Kallis Oval on December 11, 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Grant Pitcher/Gallo Images)

A strong batting performance by the Gauteng Lions led by Mia Kruger (44) and Emily Basel (41) helped their side to seal a convincing 170-run victory over South Western Districts on the opening day of the Cricket South Africa’s u19 Girls week in Cape Town.

This good batting performance was also backed up by an equal effort with the ball from Tekologa Motsepe (4/12) and Rialivhuna Khorombi (3/25).

Kruger and Basel steadied the ship after a shaky start. Basel played a composed knock of 41 from 115 balls while Kruger took the attack to the SWD bowlers with a dominant 44 from just 50 deliveries.

Busiswe Mathleng used the platform laid by the pair as she contributed a further 27 runs.

Samatha Swanepoel (24, 42b) and Karabo Meso (24, 48b) each chipped in with valuable contributions leading Gauteng to a mammoth 234/10.

Tabitha la Grange, however, bagged the first five-for of the week as she stood out with impressive figures of 5/41.

Unfortunately, SWD’s batters could not match the antics of the first innings as they struggled to put together any form of partnership.

It was once again La Grange who raised her hand, top-scoring with 14, however, after her departure things went pear-shaped as Motsepe bagged four wickets while Khorombi contributed with three of her own, bundling SWD out for a disappointing 64 runs.

Eastern Province put up an equally dominating display, powering their way to a 130-run victory over the Eastern Storm. Megan Fourie led the way with a wonderful 46 runs coming from 76 deliveries.

Alison Kroon (33, 122b) and Lana von Hagen (23, 32b) also showed some prowess with the bat, while Asanda Mbodla finished off a positive batting display with a well-played unbeaten 21 runs toward the latter stages of the innings, leading her side to a respectable 217/8 in their allotted 50 overs.

Payton Coppin was the standout for the Storm bagging three scalps for only 26 runs. Coppin found support in Leeyandre Bently who walked away with figures of 2/40.

The Eastern Province bowling, however, proved to be too strong as they tore through the Storm batting lineup. Jordan Cole did the bulk of the damage claiming impressive figures of 4/25.

Mbodla set forth an impressive performance as she claimed three wickets for only 12 runs, while Megan Fourie chipped in with figures of 2/16.

Bently was once again in the thick of things, top-scoring with the bat, contributing 18 from 26 balls. Unfortunately, this was not nearly enough as the Storm stumbled to a meagre 87 all out, handing Eastern Province a convincing victory on the first day.

The Titans got off to a convincing start as they demolished Kei in their first outing of the tournament. Batting first, the Pretoria-based side managed to make their way to 151 all out.

Christelle van der Schyff was the mainstay with the willow in hand, contributing a mature 36 from 90 deliveries. Maine Krynie chipped in with a run-a-ball 25. Alongside Krynie, Pura Andreou also came to the party contributing 22 runs of her own.

For Kei it was the impressive Sgempana Elethu who did most of the damage with the ball in hand as she claimed the side’s best figures of the day, bagging three wickets for 38 runs. Nontokoza Mkhiza also did her part in claiming figures of 2/56.

The Titans bowlers, however, pounced early and didn’t look back. Lesedi Madisha was the pick of their attack claiming three wickets for only nine runs. Mienke de Jager (2/7) and Caroline Twala (2/11) also played a pivotal part in the demise of the Kei side, contributing two wickets each, leading to a disappointing end for the Kei side as they could only manage 38 runs before being bundled out.

Deidré van Rensburg’s wonderful 77-run in partnership with Karabo Lemphane’s equally impressive 70 runs led the North-West Dragons to a mammoth 267/9 against Boland. Mia-Lize van der Vyver was the pick of the Boland bowlers, claiming three wickets for 26 runs, while Melanie Flippies contributed with three of her own for 52 runs.

The dominant batting performance laid the platform for the Dragons bowlers to stamp their authority, and so they did.

Lethuri led the way with an amazing spell to finish the game as she claimed 3/4, Lerato Kotokoane also took three wickets, only conceding 18 runs, while Ané Saunderson chipped in with figures of 2/6 as the side from North-West bundled the Bolander’s out for a meagre 58, claiming a massive 209-run victory.

With the first-day jitters out of the way, Day Two promises to be an electric day of women’s cricket as the teams look to either bounce back or continue their dominance after an interesting Day One

Summarised Scorecards:

Gauteng Lions 234/10 (Mia Kruger 44, Emily Basel 41, Busisiwe Mathleng 27, Samantha Swanepoel 24, Karabo Meso 24; Tabitha la Grange 5/41, Marian Breddt 2/37); South Western Districts 64/10 (Tabitha la Grange 14; Tokologa Motsepe 4/12, Rialivhuna Khorombi 3/25). Gauteng Lions won by 170 runs.

Eastern Province 217/8 (Megan Fourie 46, Alison Kroon 33, Lana von Hagen 23, Asanda Mbodla 21*; Payton Coppin 3/26, Leeyandre Bently 2/40); Eastern Storm 87/10 (Bently 18; Jordan Cole 4/25, Mbodla 3/12, Fourie 2/16). Eastern Province won by 130 runs.

Titans 151/10 (Christelle van der Schyff 36, Miane Krynie 25, Pura Andreou 22; E Sqempana 3/38, Nontokoza Mkhiza 2/56); Kei 38/10 (Lesedi Madisha 3/9, Minke de Jager 2/7, Caroline Twala 2/11). The Titans won by 113 runs.

Nort-West 267/9 (Deidre van Rensburg 77, Karabo Lemphane 70, Nthabiseng Nini 35; Mia-Lize van der Vyver 3/26, Melanie Flippies 3/52); Boland 58/10 (P Lethuri 3/4, Lerato Kotokoane 3/18, Ane Saunderson 2/6). North-West won by 209 runs.

KwaZulu-Natal 80/10 (Luyanda Nzuza 22; Lunje Adams 3/18, Kamvelihle 2/25); Border 58/10 (Cayleigh Wanckel 12; Sisanda Ngubane 3/12, Seshnie Naidu 3/18). KwaZulu-Natal won by 22 runs.

Northern Cape 103/10 (Mathapelo Ntsayagae 18; Megan Webb 3/24, Jessica Candler 2/7, Sihle Mamba 2/18); KwaZulu-Natal Inland 90/10 (Mbali Mkhize 33, Amy Hughes 24; Lucian Swarts 4/18, Rethabile Motlhanke 2/14). Northern Cape won by 13 runs.

Limpopo 90/10 (Carli Botha 29; Tlaleng Masekula 2/18, Anke Koen 2/23); Free State 92/1 (Georgia Erasmus 62; Shakira Malatji 1/18). Free State won by nine wickets.

Mpumalanga 84/10 (Chris-Mari Bezuidenhout 34; Refiloe Bomvana 4/12, Jemma Botha 2/6, Rifqah Esau 2/20); Western Province 85/2 (Kayla Reneke 41; Snothando Letswele 1/12). Western Province won by eight wickets.

Franco Oberholzer
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