Tense weekend awaits Pool A contenders

March 20, 2017

Northerns, Western Province and North West all face a tense weekend as they face a three-way battle for Pool A honours and a place in the final of the Sunfoil Cup Provincial three-day competition.

As things stand, Northerns lead the pool on 122.22 followed by Western Province (119.46) and North West (113.04). All three teams are at home in the final round, starting on Thursday, against Northern Cape, KZN Inland and SWD respectively. By contrast, Free State have already sewn up Pool B with something to spare but are likely to have to travel for the final which starts on April 6.

In the round of fixtures played this past weekend Easterns beat Boland by nine wickets while Northerns beat Free State by an innings and 42 runs. Gauteng and Northern Cape played out to a high-scoring draw.

There were a number of promising individual performances by young players with both Zakir Kathrada and Karabo Mogotsi scoring maiden first-class centuries while Ndumiso Mvelase fell just short with his innings of 96. On the bowling front Alfred Mothoa return his best ever match figures of 6/59.

In the CSA Provincial One-Day competition there is a similar scenario with Northerns having already won Pool A. There are three teams in contention in Pool B – Namibia, Boland and Eastern Province.