An unbeaten century by Thulani Chilliza helped KwaZulu-Natal win the big match of day two against Northerns at the Standard Bank RPC National U17 Week in Pretoria on Wednesday. Timed cricket was order of play on the second day and the number three batsman struck seven fours and a six in his innings of 104 not out to help his side win by seven runs at the Tuks D Field. After winning the toss and batting, KZN amassed 232 for seven, with day one hero claiming Om Thakkar bagging three for 43 for the local side. But Prealin Naidu’s stunning return of five for 20 in nine overs, which included two maidens, saw Northerns shot out for 96 in 30.1 overs. In the other key fixture on the day, Gauteng’s 194 all out superseded Western Province’s 126 at the Mamelodi Oval. Mustafa Khalifa top scored for the inland side with an unbeaten 43, with Joshua Chippendale (55) leading the reply for the coastal visitors. On the Tuks B Field, meanwhile, Easterns overcame a poor first-innings batting display to beat Border by 10 wickets.
After they bowled out the Eastern Cape side for 94 – thanks to Neo Felani (5/33) – they then succumbed for just 31 after another strong bowling performance, this time from Likamya Mpofu (4/9).
Border then reached 61 for five in their second innings to set a target of over 120 and Sihle Dlamini (65) along with Raees Khan (54) struck attacking unbeaten half centuries to see their side over the line.
Elsewhere, Tyrese Karelse struck a half century as South Western Districts beat Northern Cape by an innings and 46 runs at the Tuks Oval. The middle-order batsman hit 62 and Jedhli van Briesies made 41 to help their side reach 172 for six in reply to 59 all out earlier by NC, who were taken apart by Ayabonga Ngondo (3/7) in 22.4 overs earlier in the day. In other action, Ntsikelelo Mngese (4/16) took four wickets and Tsholo Kamogelo made 50 not out as Free State beat Mpumalanga by an innings and 76 runs at Tuks C Field. Finally, Nathan Jacobs was the top-scorer of the day to ensure that Boland beat Eastern Province on first innings scores. The opener made 108 in 119 balls, striking 13 fours and a six along the way. Daiyaan Adendorff also chipped in with an unbeaten 64 that helped the Cape side reach 271 for five at Mandela Oval.
Jevano Baron then took four for 22 to restrict EP to 78 all out.