Five-fors galore as bowlers dominate on Day 2 of Momentum U15 Week

Boland’s Hennie Botha was the star player on a day that saw the bowlers pick up five five-wicket hauls on the second round of time cricket fixtures on Day 2 of the Momentum under-15 Boys Week taking place East London on Friday. Botha shone with ball in hand, taking outstanding figures of eight for 50 to help dismiss North West in their clash at Dale College. The other bowlers to take a handful of wickets were South Western Districts’ Lee-Mar Pedro, who had an incredible return of five for 6, Northerns’ Henco Maritz (5/44), Kwa-Zulu Natal Coastal’s Tristan Naicker (5/44) and Armand Carstens (5/45) from Central Gauteng Lions. Boland claimed their second win of the Week thanks to another starring performance from Dewald Grove, who notched up his second century (109 off 180 balls; 13 fours, 1 six) to help the Cape Winelands side post 228/9 after winning the toss and batting first. With the ball, Botha took charge, as he dominated the batsmen to bowl out the opponents for 171 to earn his team a first innings victory. In another contest that featured brilliant bowling displays, SWD overcame Namibia by the first inning’s score after medium-pacer, Pedro, picked up five wickets for just six runs in his 9.5 overs to skittle out the visiting nation for 125 before Zander Nel top-scored with an unbeaten 79 in his team’s reply of 227/5. This was despite Namibia’s Romano Paulus’ valiant 4/70 with the ball. Hosts, Border went down by a first innings score following Naicker’s wrist-spinning brilliance as the youngster picked up a tidy five-wicket haul at the expense of 44 runs to restrict the home side to 152 all out before KZN Coastal posted a hard-fought 172/9 in their reply. Maritz recorded the same figures for Northerns in their draw against Eastern Province after both sides were dismissed for 172. The Port-Elizabeth outfit was helped by an all-round display from Daniel Ristow’s 39 with the bat and four for 25 with the ball. The other clash where a bowler stood tall was the match between Gauteng and Free State, where Carstens ensured his side claimed a first innings victory with a superb five-for to bowl out the Bloemfontein-based team for 106 after Gauteng posted 180 all out in their innings. In the two teams’ second outing with the bat, Gauteng posted 29/1 while Free State lost four wickets for 57 runs. In the rest of the days’ matches, Easterns were outright winners by an innings and 15 runs over Limpopo, while Mpumalanga and KZN Inland claimed first inning triumphs against Northern Cape and Western Province, respectively.

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