Limpopo’s Glen Groenewald and Gustav Prinsloo narrowly missed out on well-deserved half-centuries, hitting 48 runs each but it was not enough as they contended with a strong WP bowling attack. Kyle Pluke and Sisonke Mazele took a respective 4/34 and 3/32, reducing Limpopo to 202 and winning with nine balls to spare.
At UJ’s Soweto campus, Namibia’s Lohandre Louwrens smashed a 93-ball 131 (18 fours, 1 six) and Jan-Izak de Villiers took 4/37 in nine overs when they took on and beat Mpumalanga by eight wickets.
The home side posted a competitive 189/9 after electing to bat first. De Villiers was the chief destroyer, but got assistance from Gerhard Lottering who took 2/28. Mpumalanga’s Nathan Carstens and Divan Jacobs were the pick of the batsmen with 40 and 30 runs respectively.
It took just 29 overs for the neighbouring country to reach their target and comfortable win. Shaun Fouche also chipped in with 36 runs to help them there.
South Western Districts (SWD) secured an unequivocal, 74-run victory over North West in Randburg. They posted 195 thanks to Odin le Roux (53), Jhedli van Briesies (32) and Samkelo Mvimbi (29).
In North West’s reply, Travis Ackermann (4/26) and Reagon Rhoode (3/25) shared seven wickets between them, restricting the opposition to 121 in 33.2 overs.
At Elkah Stadium in Soweto, Campbell de Wet took an incredible five wickets for 10 runs in six overs to help Eastern Province (EP) to a nine-wicket thrashing of Free State.
In the lowest scoring match of the day, Free State were bundled out for 88 runs in 30.1 overs thanks to De Wet. He received good back up from Jade de Klerk (2/13) and Kenan Smith (2/14) who returned with two wickets each.
EP cruised to victory thanks to a 78-run opening stand between David Rushmere and Peter Jarvis (21) that was broken up by Pheko Moletsane. Rushmere’s excellent batting form continued with an unbeaten 44-ball 55 and, along with Christopher Benjamin (6*) went on to reach their target in 15.3 overs.
In other matches, Sinethemba Qeshile and Matt Dewar hit 103 and 89 runs respectively, while Akhona Mnyaka took 3/19 to help Border beat KwaZulu-Natal Coastal by an immense 134 runs.
Gauteng beat Boland by a solid 51 runs at St Stithians Main Oval. They will meet Border in the final of the Week which will take place at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium tomorrow.
Elsewhere, Northerns clinched a six-run triumph over KZN Inland and finally, Easterns blew Northern Cape away with an eight-wicket victory at the Wanderers Club.
Fixtures for the final day of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week 2017:
All games will start at 09:00
Northerns vs Western Province