The bizhub Highveld Lions and the South Africa under-17s will face off in the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Franchise Cubs Week’s first final since the inception of the tournament in 2009. Defending champions, the Lions go in with the added advantage of having defeated the national side by just one wicket in their clash on the opening day of this year’s tournament.
In today’s matches; the Sunfoil Dolphins and the SA U17s produced a century in each innings. The national side’s opening batsman, Janneman Malan (127) recorded the first century of the 2014 edition of the tournament at Coetzenburg. He scored a double century (214) last year at Pniel during the national U17 tournament, also hosted by Stellenbosch against Border. He faced 159 deliveries in his innings against the Dolphins todat, dispatching 16 past the boundary rope with another clearing it.
The other century was scored by the in-form Greg Oldfield (123*). His unbeaten century was not enough to help his team mark their first victory in the tournament. Oldfield was part of the national U19 side that toured India last year and has impressed with both bat and ball during the Cubs Week after a disappointing Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week in Durban last year. The U17s won the match by 22 runs.
The Chevrolet Knights suffered a four-wicket defeat at the hands of the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras. The latter’s Jason Smith (52), Niel Botha (39), Clyde Fortuin (35) and Zubayr Hamza (30) all chipped in with invaluable contributions to help their side reach their 218-run target.
Hanco Olivier (48) and Christian Steyn (44) shared an opening stand of 98 runs for the Knights when they batted first. The middle order could not cash in on the good start with only GM Bruwer (43) making some valued runs. Cobras’ seamer, Hayes van der Berg had the best return of all the bowlers on the fourth day, he took six sticks for a mere 16 runs.
Zimbabwe recorded their first victory of the tournament when they beat the Chevrolet Warriors by two wickets. This was also the Warriors’ first defeat in the tournament so far. They could only manage 129 before they were bowled out with Kirwin Christoffels (44) making the biggest contribution. Kieran Geyle (4/19) and Dylan Hondo (3/23) caused the most damage to the Warriors’ batting line-up.
Zimbabwe reached the winning runs in the 48th over. Bradley Bopp (3/23) and Richard Maree (3/24) made the Zimbabweans work hard for their runs, but in the end the visitors secured a well-earned win.
The Lions came out on top by six wickets in their clash against The Unlimited Titans. The Titans made 184/9 in their allotted overs with Leus du Plooy (89*) the star with his half-century. Nicholas Scholtz (4/41) was the pick of the Lions’ bowlers.
In their reply, Marques Ackerman (75) and Lee Gruskin (48) lead the Lions to victory.
Fixtures for Thursday, 9 January 2014
- Bizhub Highveld Lions vs. South Africa U17 at Tassies Oval
- Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras vs. Chevrolet Warriors at Distell
- Unlimited Titans vs. Chevrolet Knights at Van der Stel
- Sunfoil Dolphins vs. Zimbabwe at Pniel
South Africa U17 280/6 (Janneman Malan 127, Dayyaan Galiem 66, Andile Phehlukwayo 46*); Sunfoil Dolphins 257 (Greg Oldfield 123*; Keith Dudgeon 3/56). South Africa u17 won by 22 runs.
Chevrolet Knights 217/9 (Hanco Olivier 48, Christian Steyn 44, GM Bruwer 43; Hayes van der Berg 6/16); Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras 218/6 (Jason Smith 52, Niel Botha 39; Sachinta Galhenhage 2/42). Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras won by four wickets.
Unlimited Titans 184/9 (Leus du Plooy 89*, Aiden Markram 41; Nicholas Scholtz 4/41, Yaseen Valli 2/19); bizhub Highveld Lions 185/4 (Marques Ackerman 75. Lee Gruskin 47; Kofi Apea-Adu 1/11). Bizhub Highveld Lions won by six wickets.
Chevrolet Warriors 129 (Kirwin Christoffels 44; Kieran Geyle 4/19, Dylan Hondo 3/23); Zimbabwe 130/8 (Bradley Bopp 3/23, Richard Maree 3/24). Zimbabwe won by two wickets.