Thursday, 05 December 2019

In what was a fantastic time cricket contest between bat and ball, Boland’s Dewald Grove and Eastern Province’s Casey Keevy starred at the crease on Day 1 of the Momentum under-15 Boys Week in East London on Thursday. 

Grove scored an unbeaten 150 off 169 balls to lead his side to a convincing first innings victory over Border at Hudson Park, while Keevy produced a batting masterclass, scoring a 137-ball 112 to help EP earn a draw against Easterns. 

The day’s most impressive displays came from Boland’s U15 side in their clash against Border, who won the toss and elected to bat first. The host team could only manage a score of 108 all out in their first innings after Keano Coetzee’s brilliant return of five for 18 in his 10 overs. In reply, the Cape Winelands outfit amassed 274/3 thanks to Grove’s mammoth century, which included 24 fours and one six, to clinch the win.

Despite the match ending as a draw, Keevy stole the show with the bat, dispatching 15 boundaries to help propel EP to 179/5 in response to Easterns’ 221/5, who had Sinethemba Ngeyane (77) to thank after they won the toss and chose to set a score. Captains from each side shook hands at the end of the day’s play, as the clash finished as a draw at Police Park.

There were also opening day victories for the Central Gauteng Lions, Western Province, KwaZulu-Natal Coastal and North West against KwaZulu-Natal Inland, Northerns, Free State and South Western Districts, respectively. 

KZN Inland’s Luke Benkenstein, son of former Standard Bank Proteas batting coach, Dale Benkenstein, shone with the ball, taking stunning figures of six for 50 to dismiss Gauteng for 198 in their first innings. In the end, that effort was not enough as the KZN Midlands side failed to match or better that score as they were bowled out for 157 towards the end of the day’s play.

WP claimed their deserving first innings triumph after Umayr Davids’ return of four for 23 helped skittle Northerns for 58 all out before Fayaad Daniels’ unbeaten 76 and Meeka-eel Prince’s 70 off 122 balls led the Cape Town-based team to a convincing 233/7. 

KZN Coastal and North West had their bowlers to thank in guiding them to their respective victories, as they shared the wickets to help their sides to decisive first inning wins over Free State and SWD.

In the other matches of the U15 Boys Week, Mpumalanga and Namibia, and Limpopo and Northern Cape played out thrilling draws to round up the opening day’s action.

Scorecards from Day 1 can be located on www.websports.co.za, with Day 2 of the Momentum U15 Boys Week resuming on Friday, 06 December with another day of time cricket.