KWAZULU-NATAL Inland bowler, Daryn du Pavillon, produced what could arguably be the best bowling performance in the 70 years of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Under-19 Week. He picked up and outstanding seven wickets for just 18 runs in his side’s limited overs match against hosts, North West on Day Four of the tournament held in Potchefstroom on Wednesday.
He removed the last North West batsman on the second last delivery of his seventh over to restrict them to 75 runs after having dispatched the four frontline batsmen, leaving them struggling on 27/4. Inland won the match by an resounding 161 runs.
Du Pavillon’s bowling figures are without a doubt, the best since 1983. The previous record (after 1983) was held by seam bowler Simon Minnaar of Western Province (WP) who removed seven of Mpumalanga’s batsmen for 26 during the 2004 tournament in Pretoria. In the same match a certain Richard Levi (122) scored a century for WP.
Inland’s Greg Oldfield (100*) has sent a blaring signal to the national selectors. He reached his century from the last delivery of his side’s innings. He missed out narrowly on another century earlier in the week against Griqualand West (Griquas) when he was dismissed on 99.
The main match of the Week will be played between WP and Gauteng at Senwes Park Stadium tomorrow. They are the only unbeaten sides left. WP is also the only side left in the tournament that managed to win all its games.
They kept their unbeaten record thanks to a fourth wicket partnership of 119 runs between Hayes van der Berg (89) and Jason Smith (52) to beat Eastern Province (EP) by four wickets. EP set WP a target of 262 for victory with Andrew Rushmere (89) being the main contributor.
The highest individual innings of the fourth day was scored by Easterns’ Jurie Snyman (115) against Limpopo. He struck 16 fours and a six to help his side to victory.