Ntozakhe five-for helps Gauteng gun down Northerns at Women’s Week
A sensational bowling performance by Raisibe Ntozakhe helped Gauteng comfortably win their big derby clash against Northerns on day three of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) National Women’s Week in Bloemfontein on Friday.
The 21-year-old Momentum Proteas spinner claimed five wickets without conceding a single run in her 4.2 overs, four of which were maidens, to bundle out their rivals for just 61 at University of Free State (UFS) 4. Her national teammate, Nadine de Klerk top-scored for with 16 and then ended as the pick of the Northerns bowlers with 3/15, but it was not enough as Gauteng chased down the target with 33.1 overs to spare.
Trisha Chetty ended unbeaten on 19.
There was a big upset at UFS 3 where South Africa opener Lizelle Lee outshone her national opening partner, Laura Wolvaardt by starring with bat and ball as North West beat Western Province by eight wickets. The Cape side batted first and posted 162/8 in 43 overs with Wolvaardt top-scoring with 37.
Lee was the best of the bowlers with 2/15 and she then struck 73 off 88 balls to ensure NW got to their target in 31.4 overs - Tazmin Britz ending unbeaten on 53.
Elsewhere, host union Free State suffered a 39-run loss to Boland at the UFS Oval, where the away side batted first and were bowled out for 153.
Faye Tunnicliffe was the best of the batters with an unbeaten 54. FS were off to a good start thanks to Yolandi Potgieter (46), but Veronique Smith’s three for 28 pegged them back and sealed a good win for Boland.
Finally, a strong all-round performance by Angelique Taai led Border to a 33-run triumph over Easterns at St Andrews. First, she top-scored with the bat, hitting 33 as the Eastern Cape side amassed 141 all out. Masingita Khoza picked up 4/15.
Taai was then one of four bowlers to pick up two wickets or more to help bowl out the opposition for 108 in reply. She took two for 11 with team-mate Nosipho Tayi the best of the bowlers with three for 17.