Jason Raubenheimer hit an unbeaten 76 runs and took two five wicket-hauls, helping Border to double success in the T20 segment of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola under-19 Week on Tuesday.
The opening batsman’s 75 came off 62 balls (5 fours, 3 sixes) in their first match, which saw them beat North West by 56 runs. Josneil Long added a blistering 44 at a run a ball to help their side to 147/3 at the end of their allotted overs.
North West could not contend with the rampant attack from Border, the highest scores for them coming in the form of a 20 by Louis van Schalkwyk and 16 from Muhammad Suliman as Raubenheimer tore through the middle order and tail. His first five-for went for just 17 runs, giving his side an emphatic win.
Their second victory, was by a comfortable five wickets against Namibia in one of the lowest scoring matches of the day. They restricted the neighbouring nation to 100 in 18 overs as Raubenheimer claimed 5/33 and Luke Dallas 3/14.
The young allrounder was dismissed without scoring in the second match, but the mantle was picked up by Sinethemba Qeshile (35 off 34 balls) and Matt Dewar (24 off 26) who steered the team in a winning direction.
In other matches, Boland claimed double conquests when they held their nerve to beat Limpopo by two wickets in their morning match and claimed a more comprehensive, 74-run win over Northern Cape in the afternoon.
Their second match saw the top order set up an daunting, 168-run target for the opposition. Vezokhule Mntungwa, Daniel du Plessis and Samuel Henders scored 59*, 49 and 46 respectively, helping their side to 167/4.
The bowlers did well with Garreth Wolmarans leading the attack taking 3/18. Achille Cloete (2/6), Kieran Dreyden (2/8) and Andries Janse van Rensburg (2/9) returned two wickets each and Marshin Jefstha chipped in with 1/27.
It was not a great day for Northern Cape, who had suffered a 54-run beating at the hands of their neighbour, Free State earlier in the day.
The Central side also went on to claim victory by 18 runs against Limpopo in the afternoon thanks to Pheko Moletsane who took an notable 4/15, restricting Limpopo to 122/8 in their 20 overs after they were set a 141-run target.
Elsewhere, Eastern Province were one of the teams that returned some of the most solid wins of the day. They started the day by beating Namibia by 41 runs, followed by a nine-wicket thrashing of North West.
Sinesipho Tsotsa (41 off 35) and Kenan Smith (33 off 22) starred with the bat in their morning fixture, followed by David Rushmere (51 not out off 46) and Campbelle de Wet (38 off 35) in the afternoon.
Other double wins came from Western Province, who were successful against Easterns in the morning by 35 runs and South Western Districts by eight wickets in the afternoon. SWD’s day also started with loss, by 18 runs at the hands of KwaZulu-Natal Inland, who followed up their win with another 11-run triumph over Easterns.
Gauteng’s middle order came to the party in their morning clash against Mpumalanga after they were reduced to 14/5 by Jacques Vosloo (3/23) and Jon Hinrichsen (2/20). Curtis Campher top scored with an unbeaten 39-ball 48 as he and Ntokozo Mahlaba, who was also not out on 30 off 37, shared a 67-run partnership to get their side to 115/6.
Jared Goncalves-Jardine was the chief destroyer for the home side, taking an exceptional 4/8 in his four-over spell. He had good back up from Mzukhona Buthelezi (2-0-8-2) and Campher (3-0-14-2) who returned two wickets a piece, tumbling Mpumalanga to 84/9 for their 31-run win.
Their afternoon fixture saw them beat KwaZulu-Natal Coastal by 13 runs in spite of Matthew Montgomery’s 53 off 46 balls.
Live scoring of all the matches is available at www.websports.co.za.
Fixtures for the fourth day of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week:
Gauteng vs Boland – St Stithians College Main Oval
Free State vs Eastern Province – Soweto Oval
Border vs KwaZulu-Natal – Wits
KZN Inland vs Northerns – Cecil Payne
Western Province vs Limpopo – St David’s Marist Main Oval
North West vs South Western Districts – Randburg CC
Mpumalanga vs Namibia – UJ Soweto
Easterns vs Northern Cape – Wanderers Club Bottom