Gauteng have booked their place in the Africa T20 Cup Semis.
Mangaliso Moshele struck a key half-century as Gauteng reached the Africa T20 Cup semi-finals for the first time with a six-wicket bonus-point win over North West at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Sunday.
The bizhub Highveld Lions and Proteas wicketkeeper struck 52 (42 balls, 4 fours, 2 sixes) as Gauteng reached their 129-run victory target off the last possible ball to earn the bonus point that gained them their semi-final spot.
Mosehle and fellow Lions batsman Stephen Cook shared in an 81-run second wicket stand that drew all hope out of North West and edging out Eastern Province at the summit of the Pool B log.
On the bowling front, Aaron Phangiso was outstanding with the ball as he sent down four overs for the cost of 14 runs and two wickets, while Ryan Rickelton (1/14) was just as economical as the home side struggled.
Ryan Rickelton’s was also a prominent figure for Gauteng during the course of the weekend most notably his unbeaten 60 which helped Gauteng earn the bragging rights from their Africa T20 Cup derby against Northerns and more importantly stay alive in the competition.
Another highlight for Gauteng was 20 year old Farhaan Sayanvala, a former SA Schools and SA Under 19 player, who made a career best 49 not out off 39 balls (2 fours and a six) in only his fourth senior T20 match vs Eastern Province
Thus Gauteng completed a memorable comeback weekend, which they began by losing their first game and ended with back-to-back bonus-point wins.