Gauteng’s Kgaudise Molefe takes five wickets for SA U19
Kgaudise Molefe took five wickets for just 23 runs in 10 overs, including two maidens, putting the Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s on the front foot in their second, rained out warm-up match against a North West University Invitational XI at Ibbies Oval at North West University on Wednesday.
The 17 year old Gauteng spin bowler has had an amazing year that included making his FC debut for Gauteng. Earlier in the year, the grade 11 Jeppe High School for Boys pupil he spent a week in India with the cream of South Africa’s young spin bowling talent, getting pointers from the experts in the country where the art of spinning was perfected, and no sooner had he returned when he was invited to the SA under-19 high performance camp in Pretoria from which the national u-19 side to meet the West Indies.
The youngsters bowled out the hosts for 202 runs in 47.2 overs after putting them in to bat first. They would be happy with their bowling effort, particularly with having returned 179 dot balls which helped to build the constant pressure which yielded wickets in the end.
Bradley Lynch was the lone batsman for the University side, holding his ground as wickets tumbled around him thanks to early strikes by Thando Ntini (1/42) and Molefe. He made 84 from 99 deliveries, including 12 boundaries before he fell to the day’s best bowler, Molefe. Hermann Rolfes added 2/34 to the tally as none of the North West batsmen managed to score more than Louren Steenkamp’s 24 off 41 balls.
JP Le Roux spearheaded the home side’s attack during the U19s’ reply. He accounted for the wickets of Wandile Makwetu (4 off 4 balls) and Andile Mokgakane (2 off 9), leaving them on 29/2 in eight overs before thunder and lightning brewed once more, followed by another torrent of rain which claimed another match in the end.