Zimbabwe go through Under-17 cricket week unbeaten
ZIMBABWE finished a successful Momentum Under-17 Week with a 125-run win over hosts, Easterns on the final day of the tournament in Benoni on Thursday.
Liam Roche (61*), Alistair Frost (47) and Daniel Zvudzai (42) made the top contributions with the bat after openers Tanunurwa Makoni (34) and Gregory Dollar (34) set a good foundation with their stand of 53 runs.
Zimbabwe posted 287/8 in their allotted 50 overs with Arnie Enslin taking 3/42 to for the home side.
Easterns’ chase was stifled by Jonathan Connolly who was exceptional, taking five wickets for just 13 runs in 7.1 overs.
His victims included opener Thulani Thembela (21), Katlego Zwane (13), Diaan Basson (0), Steven Cloete (0) and Easterns’ top scorer, Luke Holland who hit 90 from 118 deliveries.
Oldreive Declan took 3/35 to help bowl the opposition out for 162. Zimbabwe won with 29 balls to spare.
At Christian Brothers College (Boksburg), Boland claimed a seven-wicket win over South Western Districts (SWD). Travis Ackerman led the charge with 86 runs off 138 balls to get Boland to 188/8 after opting to bat first.
Boland’s Daniel du Plessis (46) and Keagan Frans (33) shared an 87-run opening partnership to get the chase off to a good start. Henry Chamberlain (58) and Samuel Henderson (33*) did the rest with the 85-run, third wicket stand that got them an easy win in the end.
At Avion Park Cricket Club, half-centuries by CP Klijnhans (69 off 61) and Johan van Eck (51 off 75) set up a 15-run victory over North West for Free State.
At the Willowmoore Park fields, Western Province beat KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) by 30 runs, Gauteng made quick work of Northerns, overcoming them by six wickets with 152 balls to spare and Eastern Province comfortably won their fixture against KZN Inland by 87 runs.
In the remaining matches, Border ended the tournament on a high with an eight-wicket throttling of Northern Cape, Thando Ntini (3/30) once again featuring with the ball, while Mpumalanga returned an impressive seven-wicket triumph over Limpopo with 136 deliveries to spare. – ANA