DRAWS accounted for four of the six matches played in the under-17 Rural week in Grahamstown starting on Monday. The format was declaration cricket, with 20-over cricket to follow later in the tournament.
Of the two wins, Free State beat Kei under-17 by an innings and 236 runs, while EP Inland beat Kei under-19 by 10 wickets.
Free State’s victory was built on the back of Armande Botes’ 131 and Kevin Pretorius’ 121 not out, the two top-scoring in Free State’s 313 for three. In reply Kei were bowled out for 68 and plunged to nine for five in their second dig, resulting in the innings loss. For Free State Angelo Pienaar took five for 24 in the Kei first innings, while Wizard Nqedane took four for six in the Kei second.
EP Inland’s victory over Kei under-19 was a low-scoring affair, EP Inland only posting 117 for nine, Victor Masokoswa taking five for 41 for Kei; Kei were bowled out for 76 and were 50 for four in reply. Dean Marais took three for 20 for EP Inland in the Kei first innings, Sihle Genxu top-scoring for Kei in their first innings with 26.
The other four matches were all draws. In posting 240 Griquas (Johan Jonker 85, JJ Killian four for 37) appeared to have the measure of opponents EP Coastal, who could only manage 90 and 16 for two in reply. Border Village (76 and 18 for one) were similarly out-played by North West, CJ Taljaard scoring 105 in their 191, although, like EP Coastal, they managed to hold on for a draw. For North West Tiaan Whitehorn with four for 12 and Ruan Pretorius four for 14 starred with the ball in Border Villages’first innings; Ayebulela Booi top-scored with 19 in their first innings.
In other matches Border Rural (70 and 47 for two) drew with KZN (145, Yogeshan Pillay 55), while Gauteng and Boland also drew their match, with the moral victory going to Boland. They bowled out Gauteng for 101 (Albert Engelbrecht six for 18) and scored 166 and 71 for two in reply. Mark Adriantos top-scored for Boland with 57 in their first innings, while Johan Grundlingh took three for 41 for Gauteng.