Ivan Lockem put on a display worthy of winning any match before his KwaZulu-Natal Coastal (KZN Coastal) side were denied victory by inclement weather against Zimbabwe in their Momentum Under-13 Boys Week opener. All the matches involving 15 provincial teams and guest team Zimbabwe were eventually abandoned due to the persistent showers and thunderstorms in Benoni on Monday.
Lockem struck a brilliant run-a-ball century including 18 fours, as he continuously pierced the gaps to top score with 106 as KZN Coastal posted a spirited 206/8 in 55 overs after winning the toss at the main field at St Dunstan’s College. Following a delayed resumption of play after lunch due to rain, the Durban-based side managed to pick up four Zimbabwe wickets to leave them struggling at 22/4, thanks to an inspired spell by Romashan Pillay (3/4), before the players were called off, permanently. In the other matches that got underway before the bad weather, the bowlers dominated most of the action as wickets fell at will in tough batting conditions. There were a few outstanding individual performances with the ball, as players walked away with impressive bowling figures. Eastern Province’s Kaiden Titus was the star with the ball, picking up a five-wicket haul at the expense of just nine runs in the clash against North West, while Wakeem Fortuin picked up fantastic numbers of four for four to help Boland dismiss Easterns for 176. There were also few bowlers that notched up three-wickets apiece, with KZN Inland’s Oyintanda Konono (3/3) and Free State’s Luke Poisson (3/6) recording the most notable. The bowlers did not have it all their way however as there were two prominent half-centuries for Easterns’ Tristan van Schalkwyk (84) and Western Province’s David Simon (50). The Momentum Under-13 Boys Week will resume on Tuesday with more Time Cricket fixtures. Live streaming will be available on www.digitv.co.za with the live scores on www.websports.co.za.