POLOKWANE: The first round of the Cricket South Africa Rural Weeks kicked-off yesterday with eight inland teams battling it out in Limpopo.
The first round two rounds of the tournament consist of 50 over games, with Free State and North West rural teams recording the highest scores on Day 1, and Free State’s Kevin Pretorius scoring the first century of the tournament (104 off 122 with 10 fours and 2 sixes).
The hosts, Limpopo won the toss and elected to bat first as they suffered a 6-wicket defeat against KwaZulu-Natal Inland in the Limpopo CC A field.
Limpopo: 93/10 (D. Joubert 28, B. Skade 22 / N. Hewer 3/24, S. Hlatshwayo 2/13).
KZN-Inland: 94/4 (J. Mathews 24, D. Love 20 / B. Skade 1/10, S. D. Joubert 2/30).
In the Limpopo CC B field, the Central Gauteng Lions won the toss and elected to field first as Free State set the target of 310 runs and won the game by 173 runs.
Free State: 309/9 (K. Pretorius 104, F. Van Rooyen 43 / B. Mortje 4/86, E. Bezuidenhout 2/83)
Central Gauteng Lions: 136/10 (D. Dinake 33, H. Warrington 32 / N. Motsoeneng 3/21, S. Prinsloo 3/21)
At Nirvana CC, Mpumalanga took on KZN-Coastal, with the Coastal side winning to toss and electing to field first. Mpumalanga posted a total of 132 runs and KZN-Coastal successfully chased the target, winning the game by 4 wickets.
Mpumalanga: 132/10 (A. Methula 29, J. Scholtz 28 / J. Nel 3/16, R. Van 3/33).
KZN Coastal: 133/6 (R. Van 45*, A. Lombard 42 / S. Neethling 2/42, E. Lombaard 1/15).
In the 4th match of the day, North West took on Northern Cape at Pietersburg High School. North West posted a total of 216 runs in their innings before bowling out Northern Cape for only 45 and winning the game by 171 runs.
North West: 216/7 (E. Schonfeldt 60, A. Louw 40 / L. Setlaba 3/30, L. Malgas 1/26).
Northern Cape: 46/10 (D. Beukes 10, E. Botha 7* / S. Maree 3/4, J. Mathe 3/10).
The CSA Inland Rural Week continues today with the following One Day games:
Central Gauteng vs Limpopo – Pietersburg High School
Free State vs KwaZulu-Natal Inland – Nirvana CC
North West vs Mpumalanga – Limpopo CC B
Northern Cape vs KwaZulu-Natal Coastal – Limpopo CC A
CSA RURAL WEEK INLAND SQUADS:
CENTRAL GAUTENG: Penning Charl, Penning Francois, Bezuidenhuot Ettiene, Warrington Henry, Janse Van Vuuren Drikus, Janse Van Vuuren Daniel, Nortje Brendon, Dinake Donald, Mariti Zane, Ngojo Thabiso, Aucamp Dylan, Nyofane Samson, Gobinduku Siphelele.
FREE STATE: Masheshemane Thabo, Van Rooyen Francois, Motsoeneng Neo, Kemp Armand, Leshoro Tshepo, Niewenhuizen Donovan, Masheshemane Tshepo, Makkink Jandre, Lekhooane Thabiso, Pretoruis Kevin, Taje Ndimande, Oosthuysen Coen, Mosoeu Tsikilele.
KZN COASTAL: Van Rensburg Ruan, Lombard Ashley, Bishop Morne, Jordan Niel, Kalkepersad Sachin, Reddy Gavin, Govender, Lashay, Nadesan, Alveiro, Mhlongo, Ridwaan, Thusi Siphamandla, Vorster Arnoldus, Basson Albertus, Zokufa Pakamile
KZN INLAND: Humphries Warren, Kewalparsad Prenay, Hancock Patrick, Love Darren, Siwela, Stembiso, Singh Akeel, Foster Anthony, Ramprith Suvedh, Mathews Jason, Buthelezi Freedom, Hewer Nick, Elliot Shaun, Hlatshwayo Sandile.
LIMPOPO: Jansen van Rensburg Theo, Swanepoel Adolf, Ngobeni Hector, Mboweni Nhlamolo, Mathebula Chris, Joubert Dewald, van Rheenen Aubrey, Willimse Sias, Mohale Chris, Skade Ben, Moloto Lesego, Mashele Collins, Sihlangu Solomon.
MPUMALANGA: Dube Elliott, Nkosi Mpendulo, Nomani Faheem, Sithole Siyabonga, Mokoena Lerato, Buthelezi Xolani, Neethling Shaun, Kroucamp Francois, Lombaard Ewan, Greeff Joshua, Leemans Stefan, van Antwerpen Johan, Swart Zuan.
NORTHERN CAPE: Macdonald Morne, Faihst Johanco, Olivier Claud, Adams Kelly, Botha Ettiene, Beukes Dylon, Meza Gregory, Cloete Kyle, Cloete Gerrit, Malgas Luther, Oberholzer Rudolph, Jaarts Elrado, Louw Damian.
NORTH WEST: Erasmus Carlo, Mathe Thebogo, Louw Andrew, Moralo Carl, Venter Quinton, Schonfeldt Estiaan, Snyman Ferdi, Tshireletso Tikoe, Badi Sthembiso, Maree Stephan, Safoor Danfred, Swanepoel Stiaan, Poyana Mthetheleli.