Hanno Kotze scored an unbeaten 67 off 65 balls to lead Boland to a definite, ten-wicket thrashing over Easterns in the first round of T20 matches during day three of the 2012 Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Under-19 Week in Potchefstroom on Tuesday.
Having batted first, Easterns posted 104/6 with Jurie Snyman scoring 43 while Oliver Nel and Curtley Louw took three wickets each. Kotze, along with opening partner, Bjorn Fortuin (31) batted the innings through to give their team a satisfying victory.
In the match between Western Province (WP) and South Western Districts (SWD), the former managed a narrow, two-run win over their opposition. WP batted first, scoring 154/6. Hayes van der Berg scored a notable 71 from 50 balls to give his side a competitive score.
SWD's reply was slow, they lost wickets at regular intervals with Lornell Spies top scoring on 49 runs when they ran out of overs.
Eastern Province beat Limpopo by 34 runs when they met in the day's first T20 match. They batted first, giving Limpopo a target of 154 to win thanks to Shaun Osborne's unbeaten 58 runs. In reply, Tian Koekemoer's untouched 65 from 61 balls could not help his side's slow scoring rate.
In other matches; Gauteng beat North West by 14 runs, while in a twist, Mpumalanga emerged victorious in their meet against Northerns, beating them by a memorable seven wickets. Free State suffered an 11-run loss to KwaZulu-Natal while Border lashed Griquas by nine wickets. Namibia celebrated an outstanding, nine-wicket triumph over KwaZulu-Natal Inland.
Western Province 154/6 (Hayes van der Berg 71 (50b), Clyde Fortuin 41 (35b); Joshua Pieters 2/22); South Western Districts 152/7 (Lornell Spies 49 (44b), Juan Heuns 46 (27b); Hayes van der Berg 2/34). Western Province won by two runs.
Easterns 104/6 (Jurie Snyman 43; Oliver Nel 3/17, Curtley Louw 3/20); Boland 107/0 (Hanno Kotze 67* (65b), Bjorn Fortuin 31). Boland won by ten wickets.
Northerns 141 (Corbin Bosch 42 (28b); Max Khoza 3/27); Mpumalanga
142/3 (Carus van Rensburg 52* (40b), Marko Barnard 32* (27b).
Mpumalanga won by seven wickets.
KwaZulu-Natal 156/6 (Tyler Trenoweth 50 (26b), Dudu Zondo 34 (30b); Vasili Orros 3/19); Free State 145/9 (Johan van Dyk 34* (25b), Sine Ntshona 27 (26b); Luke Schlemmer 3/23, Sibonela Makhanya 3/31).
KwaZulu-Natal won by 11 runs.
Gauteng 173/7 (Bradley Dial 86 (48b), Yaseen Valli 25; Pieter Pretorius 3/28); North West 159/9 (Rupert Viljoen 63 (43b), Moabi Modise 35; Yaseen Valli 4/30, Kagisho Rabada 3/26). Gauteng won by 14 runs.
Eastern Province 153/5 (Shaun Osborne 58* (46b), Shaun Conradie 25; Thomas Ngwenya 3/36); Limpopo 119/3 (Tian Koekemoer 65* (61b); Lloyd Brown 1/13). Eastern Province won by 34 runs.
Griqualand West 65 (Kagiso Mohale 22; Aphiwe Elembi 2/4, Kirwin Christoffels 2/7); Border 67/1 (Kirwin Christoffels 27*, Yamkela Oliphant 23; Matthew du Plessis 1/12). Border won by nine wickets.
Namibia 113/4 (Michau du Preez 51*; Lwandiswa Zuma 2/8); KwaZulu-Natal Inland 104/8 (Robert Anderson 36 (34b); Bredell Wessels 4/22). Namibia won by nine runs.