Two centuries in the afternoon session of the second day of the timed cricket phase of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola under-19 Week by Griqualand West’s GM Bruwer (128) and Northerns’ Johann Smit (100 *) ended the run drought in Potchefstroom on Monday.
The day's limelight was however stolen by Mpumalanga’s Blake Schraader, who produced an excellent all-round performance against Limpopo to give his side an outright victory. He struck an unbeaten 85 runs from just 28. He and Chris Coetzee (45) helped their side to a nine-wicket victory.
Limpopo batted first and managed 176 with Mpumalanga’s spinner Wehan Joubert picking up five wickets. In turn, they were restricted to 110 runs in their innings. Limpopo, getting a sniff of a possible victory declared their second innings on 64/5, Schraader (2/0) was the pick of Mpumalanga’s bowlers.
Johann Smit hit his century from 106 deliveries which helped his side to the second absolute victory of the day against Eastern Province (EP). He struck 13 boundaries.
GM Bruwer fought a solitary battle against KwaZulu-Natal Inland. He scored all but 59 of his team’s runs. It was however, not enough to save them from defeat. Most of the batting line-up struggled in the morning session with last year’s South African Schools’ opening bowler, Craig Kirsten (5/33) leading the pack. Wehan Joubert (5/35) also picked up a five-wicket haul. The best bowling performance of the day belonged to KwaZulu-Natal Inland’s, Darryn du Pavillon. He grabbed six wickets for only 27 runs against Griqualand West.
Border’s opening bowlers, Aphiwe Elembi (2/10) and Ngazibini Sigwili (4/17) had Nambia in trouble removing their first four batsmen without any of them managing to score a run. There was nevertheless, one run on the scoreboard when they lost their wickets thanks to a bye. Border won the match on the first innings.
Vasili Orros (77) and Sachinta Galhenhage (29) shared a 97-run partnership for the sixth wicket which saved the Free State from being bowled out for an embarrassing total in their match against the South Western Districts. The two joined each other at the crease with the score at 37/5. After Galhenhage was trapped leg before wicket by spinner Lance Roelofse, Free State could add only eight runs to their total before being bowled out. Free State returned to bundle SWD out for a mere 50 runs.