Amangile Thwani claimed a Day Two best of five for 42 as Border edged out Boland by a thrilling one wicket at the Standard Bank Regional Performance Centre (RPC) Under-16 Week in Potchefstroom on Wednesday.
There were also more surprises in the North West after both Gauteng and Northerns remained winless after two matches, while Western Province’s Caleb Schoulas was again outstanding with the ball.
After he was the only bowler to take five on day one, he followed up that performance by nabbing four for 37 to help his team to a five-wicket win over Gauteng.
After winning the toss and bowling at the North West University (NWU) Puk Oval, the Cape outfit were outstanding as they shot out their opposition for 164 in 42.3 overs.
Schoulas was not the only man to take four, with team-mate Nathier Sambo even better after claiming a brilliant four for 14 in 10 overs, a incredible six of which were maidens.
Rhonwen Carstens then struck 46 as WP reached their target in 33.4 overs.
Meanwhile, Thwani was the star as his Border side bowled out Boland for 227 at the NWU Ibbies Oval. The top scorer was Ryan Lewies (42) for the latter side, who were put in to bat after losing the toss.
Border then then made heavy weather of the chase, before half centuries from Thozama Totana (56 off 36 balls, 7 fours, 2 sixes) and Uviwe Moshani (56 off 67 balls, 6 fours) as well as an unbeaten 40 by Ayabonga Tongo got their side home to a one-wicket win with five overs to spare.
Northerns, meanwhile, suffered a narrow two-run loss at the hands of Free State as 112 played 110 at NWU’s Soccer Oval.
Three for 26 by Kuhrula Khumbuza of the highveld side was upstaged by Lesego Lekgobo’s excellent four for 37. There was also support through Gordon Taje (3/30) and Kamohelo Tsholo (2/2).
The highest score of the week so far was recorded by the impressive South Western Districts after they amassed 316 at the Potch Boys High C.
Keenan Arries (88 off 58 balls, 13 fours, 2 sixes) and Anoxolo Kitshini (51 off 42 balls, 7 fours) put on a magnificent 140 for the first wicket to set SWD on their way, although they were still bowled out with five balls to spare against Mpumalanga.
But the game was a complete mismatch after the opposition were shout out for 70 in 25.4 overs - Chumani Mangqwenqwe bagging three for 12 in a mammoth 246-run win.
In other action, Reuben Wildman (61 off 130 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) struck a half century and Esa Gangat (3/20) claimed three wickets to help Eastern Province overcome Easterns by 30 runs.
Finally, KwaZulu-Natal thumped Northen Cape by 190 runs. Akhilesh Maharaj (86 not out off 59 balls, 8 fours, 5 sixes) and Kyle Chinakanoo (52 off 84 balls, 7 fours) were the heroes with the bat, while Kamaran Naraidu (4/22) and Bonga Shezi (3/30) shared seven wickets with the ball.
Some of the country’s top youngsters from previously disadvantaged areas across South Africa have assembled for the second edition of the tournament.
Day three of the Standard Bank RPC Under-16 Week continues on Thursday. To follow the live action from Potchefstroom, visit www.websports.co.za