Nadia Mbokotwana continued her excellent form with the ball and was once again the side’s leading wicket taker with 2/7 in four overs, her spell including a maiden as Northerns posted 77/6. Rochel Engelbrecht returned unbeaten with a 52-ball 29 while veryone else fell for single figure scores, Khanyisile Skhosana the second highest contributor with seven runs.
WP’s Sarah Smith kept the team’s hopes alive with her 38 from 44 deliveries after they lost openers Alida van der Merwe and Mbokotwana for ducks. Anri Grobbelaar and Leah Jones added respective scores of 14 and 11, but even a Super Over could not help them over the line.
Nadine de Klerk showed her experience, taking two wickets for eight for Northerns, while the rest of the attack maintained the pressure for the well-fought tie.
Both teams bounced back with emphatic wins in their afternoon fixtures. WP beat KwaZulu-Natal Coastal by 42 runs while Northerns came out on top in their clash against old enemy, Gauteng by 33 runs.
It was not the best of closing days for KZN Coastal, who also suffered a tough, eight-wicket loss to Border in their morning fixture.
Other morning results saw Kei hold their nerve for a narrow, seven-run triumph over Northern Cape, South Western Districts beat KZN Inland by eight wickets, while Gauteng suffered a five-wicket defeat to North West.
At Framesby A Field, Limpopo notched their first of two wins when they beat the hosts, Eastern Province by five wickets, followed by success by four wickets against Kei at Gelvandale 1 Field.
Appreciate Mativandlela took 3/5, with support from Puseletso Mantjane (2/5) and Chane van den Berg (2/7) restricted EP to 61/9 in the morning. They reached their target in 14.3 overs thanks to Michaela Naude’s 18 (17 balls) and 14 runs conceded by the opposition. Lerato Makgato and Natasha Ngobeni also chipped in with 10 runs each.
In the afternoon, Limpopo’s Manjane (2/7), Mativandlela (2/8) and Khushi Mistry (2/10) took two wickets each to set up their triumph against Kei.
In other double-victory matches, Easterns were triumphant over Free State in the morning by five wickets and Border by 68 runs in the afternoon. Mpumalanga also ended their week on a high, with a massive, nine-wicket trouncing of Boland and a 78-run thumping over Northern Cape in the afternoon.
Boland came out fighting in their afternoon meet against KZN Inland, beating them convincingly by eight wickets. It was a bad day at the office for the hosts, who lost their second game by four wickets to SWD, and finally North West grabbed victory by 18 runs from Free State.
With the closing of the tournament, CSA announced the Girls U19 SA Schools and SA Fillies teams who will play one another at NMU Oval tomorrow.
CSA Girls U19 SA Schools team:
Anri Grobbelaar (Western Province), Nadia Mbokotwana (Western Province), Sarah Smith (Western Province), Nadine de Klerk (Northerns), Jade de Figueirido (KZN Coastal), Tshegofatso Rampai (North West), Robyn Dormehl (Easterns), Leah Jones (Western Province), Nobulumko Baneti (Border), Masingita Khosa (Easterns), Samantha Schutte (Gauteng), Gandhi Jafta (Border).
Coach: AJ Rudman
CSA Girls U19 SA Fillies team:
Palesa Mapoo (Gauteng), Tanya Whitehorn (North West), Alida van der Merwe (Western Province), Annerie Dercksen (South Western Districts), Delmari Hoffman (Free State), Courtney Gouden (KZN Coastal), Line du Preez (North West), Rene Nel (Free State), Khushi Mistry (Limpopo), Christine Tomlinson (Western Province), Gabisilile Nkosi (Easterns), Dieketsang Nchabeleng (Easterns).
Coach: Leanne Carstens