Monday, 18 November 2019
North West were finally beaten in their last game of the RCASA Inland Senior Week on Monday, but it mattered little as they still ended up topping the standings in Potchefstroom.
Day five was all about T20 cricket as each team was given the chance to play two matches following a week of one-day cricket, with the hosts beating Limpopo and then going down to a surprise loss to Northern Cape.
Etienne Botha was the star in that game with his two for 23 in four overs, helping the Kimberley-based team defend their target of 167 for eight to win by four runs.
Jaco Beukes had earlier struck 41 to get them to a strong total, with Botha then the pick of the bowlers as NW were restricted to 163 for five.
It was NC’s second win of the day after they had earlier demolished KwaZulu-Natal Inland by 97 runs, a match in which Jonathan Visagie claimed the amazing figures of 2.3-1-4-3. He was supported well by Relton de Jongh (3/12) as KZNI were ruthlessly dismissed for 68 in pursuit of 166.
Meanwhile, NW’s other game on the day saw them overcome Limpopo by 18 runs, with 109 for six playing 91 for nine – AJ Jacobs collecting three for 10 for the locals.
That propelled North West to a total of 20 points for the week, with Mpumalanga earning a surprise second on 16 points following their final day successes over KwaZulu-Natal Coastal and Gauteng.
In the first match, they batted first and totalled 148 for five following Jarred Alder’s 59 off 44 balls (8 fours, 1 six). Johan van Antwerpen then bagged four for 20 to shoot out the Durbanites for 117.
Mpumalanga’s second game was just as one-sided after they batted first and recorded the second highest score of the day – 179 for three against Gauteng. James du Toit top-scored with 80 (56 balls, 9 fours, 1 six), while Jared Alder also impressed with 68 off 49 balls (7 fours).
In reply, Freedom Buthelezi claimed a magical five for 26 as their opponents could only muster 144 for eight.
The highest total of the day honour went the way of Free State after they amassed 199 for four thanks to Thabo Masheshemane’s 53 off 32 balls (6 fours, 2 sixes).
Their opponents, KZNC, managed just 114 for six in reply, going down by a hefty 85 runs.
Full scorecards from the RCASA Inland Senior Week held in Potchefstroom are available at www.websports.co.za.