Boland’s Hilton Jefthas produced the best bowling performance of the Standard Bank Regional Performance Centre (RPC) Under-16 Week so far to light up Day Three in Potchefstroom on Thursday.
There were also first wins for Central Gauteng and Northerns, although some of the smaller provinces continue to shine in the second edition of the competition, which has brought together some of the country’s top youngsters from previously disadvantaged areas across South Africa.
Boland were one of those sides to again shine on the penultimate day as they slayed more fancied KwaZulu-Natal by six wickets at the North West University (NWU) Puk Oval.
Lead by medium pacer Jefthas, who claimed a remarkable six for 28 in 10 outstanding overs, they bowled out their opponents for 159 in 41.3 overs after losing the toss and being asked to field first. Katleo Nkopane also excelled with three for 23 in 10 overs, three of which were maidens.
Bongo Nginingini then struck an unbeaten 50 off 103 balls (3 fours), anchoring the chase as the Cape side won with 12.1 overs to spare.
Another bowler that stood out was Chumani Mangqwenqwe of South Western Districts after he recorded a remarkable five for 22 in 10 overs, five of which were maidens, to help his team thump Eastern Province by 130 runs at Potch Boys High B.
Batting first after winning the toss, SWD posted 175 all out – Esa Gangat taking three for 15 and Geon Burns top-scoring with 60 (112 balls, 5 fours, 1 six). However, Mangqwenqwe, aided by Ravin-Lee Kemmies (3/22) and Feni Kamvalwethu (2/1) help shoot out EP for a woeful 45 in 20.2 overs.
Elsewhere, Dumisani Yika (4/18) and Rushdin Singh (3/8) shared seven wickets to hand Central Gauteng a morale-boosting seven-wicket win over Easterns at NWU Ibbies Oval.
Sent into bat first, the latter side were rolled over for 95 in just over 30 overs, with the former getting to their target thanks in the main to 26 extras and an unbeaten 20 by Mohammed Goondiwala.
Northerns, meanwhile, were 39-run winners over Northern Cape after 161 played 122 at the Potch Boys High A - Sfiso Maseko (3/30) the key bowler for the winners.
Kamohelo Tsholo hit the top score of the day - 80 off 114 balls (12 fours) – but still ended on the losing side as his Free State fell to a five-wicket loss to Border, who had an innings high 43 extras to thank for their win.
Finally, Western Province continued to enjoy a good week thanks to a crushing 176-run win over Mpumalanga.
Batting first, WP posted 273 all out, before Thaakier Davids (3/22) and Nathier Sambo (3/28) shared six wickets that left their opponents all out for 97.
The fourth and final day of the Standard Bank RPC Under-16 Week takes place on Friday. To follow the live action from Potchefstroom, visit www.websports.co.za