It's down to the wires as Gauteng and Western Province battle in the final of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week

By NAKAMPE LEKWADU

At Senwes Stadium, Potchefstroom

THE stage has been set for the grand-finale of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week at the University of North West’ Senwes Stadium in Potchefstroom, North West between Gauteng and Western Province.

The match tomorrow between the two sides is expected to produce fire-works as both sides have been on top of their game since this week long under-19 cricket tournament started on Sunday, December 16.

Gauteng’s Wesley Coulentianos who has been his team’ engine room throughout is positive that they will be crowned champions come tomorrow.

“We have come far to be in this final match and I don’t think we will let the crown slip our way. We will fight with everything at our disposal so as to overcome our opponents come tomorrow,” said an optimistic Wesley after his team beat the stubborn Border with 37 runs today to march all the way to the final. The scoreboard read 242/7 for Gauteng against Border’s 205/9 with Wesley having managed 48 runs from 76 balls in today’s match before he could picked a right hand slight injury towards the end of the game.

Could the injury side-line the young Gauteng Lions’ All-Rounder who has just completed his matric at St. John’s College from tomorrow’s final match?

”No ways, this is just a slight injury and I will be okay tomorrow for the final matches. I can’t afford to lose an opportunity of playing in that match after having done so much for my team.” added the 18 year-old Wesley who has 150 runs under his belt in this tournament from four matches.     

Western Province’ Hayes Van der Berg however has a different view about tomorrow’s match.

“It must be us winning the final match tomorrow, more so because we have to rectify what happened last year when the team reached the final but only to lose to Boland,” explained Hayes who was making his debut in this tournament.

Despite making her debut in this tournament, Hayes has rose shoulders high in all the matches he played, and he positive contributed in today’s match against Eastern Province which saw the Western Province winning by 4 wickets which saw the score read 262/7 in their favour against their opponents’ 261 all out which saw him scored 89 runs before he could bowl 4 overs.

“I have really enjoyed my matches here despite the fatigue of not having enough sleep and due to the early start of the matches and I am looking forward to cap my glorious moment in tomorrow’s final match which I am positive that we will give it our best shot,” said the 18 year-old All-Rounder from Rondebosch Boys High.

The rest of today’s results of Day 4 of the competition are:

Eastern Province 261 (Osborne 24, Rushmere 89, Brown 49, Conradie 30; Vorster 3/38, Mather 3/42). Western Province 262/6 (Van der Berg 89, Bedingham 29, Smith 52, Hamza 47 not out; Budaza 3/36).

Western Province won by four wickets.

Boland 229/8 (Fortuin 43, Stofberg 54, Kotze 26, Maree 58; Snyman 3/39). Northerns 187 (Smit 62, Snyman 89; Dill 4/30, Nel 4/28).

Boland won by 39 runs.

Free State 195/8 (Olivier 20, Galhenage 22, Orros 59, Bouwer 22, Roberts 23; Brooker 2/41, Du Plessis 2/23). Griquas 182 (Arends 37, Rosier 52, Mohale 31; Ntshona 3/27, Olivier 3/49).

Free State won by 13 runs.

Gauteng 242/7 (Coulentianos 48, Gruskin 25, Pillay 37, Valli 41, Dial 48; Tyebilo 2/28). Border 205 (Christoffels 39, Nyaku 29, Niemand 61 not out; Thlokwe 2/27, Kruger 2/26, Valli 2/41, Dial 2/39).

 Gauteng won by 37 runs.

Mpumalanga 163 (Barnard 44, Coetzee 24, Van Rensburg 22, Kirsten 2/38, Makhanya 3/29). KwaZulu-Natal 167/7 (Treoweth 24, Simmonds 32 not out, Smith 31 not out; Nkosi 2/46, Barnard 2/13). KwaZulu-Natal won by three wickets.

Easterns 312/7 (Du Plooy 27, Snyman 115, Marshall 46, Zweni 42, Zondi 25; Fourie 2/34, Naude 3/43). Limpopo 133 (Ngwenya 23, Apdea-Adu 43; Moore 3/20, Posthumus 2/18, Du Plooy 2/44).

 Easterns won by 179 runs.

KwaZulu-Natal Inland 236/8 (Pyne-James 52, Anderson 35, Oldfield 100, Ngidi 23 not out; De Beer 2/34, Naude 3/43). Northwest 75 (Viljoen 19, Pretorius 19 not out; Du Pavillon 7/18, Mahmood 2/15). KwaZulu-Natal Inland won by 161 runs.

SWD 259/8 (Spies 48, Visagie 24, Stander 51, Heunis 32, Van der Horst 33, Oberholzer 23; Wessels 3/43). Namibia 92 (Baard 41; Oberholzer 3/15, Moolman 2/21, Moos 3/7).

SWD won by 167 runs

Tomorrow’s fixtures are:

Western Province v Gauteng (Senwes), Boland v Border (Puk Oval), KwaZulu-Natla v Eastern Province (Puk Ibbie), KwaZulu-Natal v Easterns (Witrand), Northerns v SWD (Potch Boys High), Free State v Mpumalanga (Potch Gymnasium), Griqualand West v Limpopo (Defence), North West v Namibia (HTS Potchefstroom).

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