The Coca-Cola Khaya Majola week ended on a promising note after the match between the South Africa Schools XI and Easterns at Sahara Willowmoore Park on Thursday. Although Easterns were convincing victors by 134 runs, the SA Schools XI players showed signs of the potential they can still achieve, with five players going on SA U19 duty next week.
Chasing a challenging total of 280 was always going to be a task for the schools XI, especially with the firing opening attack of Basheer Walters and Hardus Viljoen. Viljoen put in a spirited performance and exposed the batting line-up with his unnerving pace. Andre Malan was the lone highlight for the SA Schools XI and followed up his brilliant bowling with a hard-fought 46 as Easterns ripped through the batsmen, Imran Tahir picking up 4/33 and the final five wickets falling for less than 50 runs.
SA Schools Captain, Josh Richards, who was also named as the best batsman at the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola U19 cricket week was content about his team’s performance and keenly looked forward to the challenges ahead.
“From a bowling perspective we did well to bowl out such a strong side. The boys have felt the effects after five days of intensive cricket but im very proud of them. Calvin is an amazing talent, at only just 16 and Sammy just showed the type of potential that he has,” said Richards.
The scholars gave a brave bowling performance in the opening overs, showing guts and determination against a star-studded Easterns team which included Rushdie Jappie, Faf du Plessis and David Wiese amongst others. At one point, Easterns were in the doldrums at 44/4 in the tenth over before the experienced pair of David Wiese (61) and Jaco Booysen (88) lifted them to 166/5 with a 122-run partnership. Malan was the pick of the bowlers with his spell returning 4/32 in the middle overs, although Menlopark’s Sammy Mofokeng (3/47) and Marizburg College student Calvin Savage(1/33) bowled an impressive opening spell which left the top order showing due respect.
The match capped of yet another successful Coca-Cola Khaya Majola U19 cricket week with Richards summing it up perfectly.
“We were honoured to be here, every cricketer will walk away as a different person,” ended Richards.
Easterns 279 all out
Jaco Booysen 88, David Wiese 61, Rushdi Jappie 39
Andre Malan 4/32; Sammy Mofokeng 3/47
SA Schools XI 145 all out
Andre Malan 46
Imran Tahir 4/33; David Wiese 2/10; Basheer Walters 2/23
Easterns won by 134 runs
SA Colts XI 161 all out
Rico du Plessis 50
Israel Hlengane 3/17; Buntu Ndlela 2/31
Easterns XI 163/3
Mpho Sekhoto 71*, Mpho Seloba 45*, Ruan du Plessis 21
Easterns XI won by seven wickets