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NC come unstuck at U-19 Cricket Week

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Local team could only muster up 145 all out after 43.3 overs.

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The Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Under-19 week is the tournament that all young cricketers dream of taking part in.This is where the country’s future stars show the skills they have learned over all the years of playing schools cricket.

The top provinces take part and the competition is extremely tough with a strength vs strength format. One of the main attractions about competing is that if players perform exceptionally well here, there is the possibility of being selected for the SA Schools side or the Schools Colts team.

The top performers in those chosen teams also stand a good chance of being chosen for the SA Under-19 squad and from there on a young player’s cricket career can only go on to bigger things

Yesterday Northern Cape played against Mpumalanga in a Time Cricket match, on the second day of the prestigious tournament being held in Johannesburg.

Electing to bat first, Northern Cape posted 145 all out in 43.3 overs with Andrew Louw scoring 45, and Ramon Sauls and Mason Zacharea contributing 27 each. The pick of the Mpumalanga bowlers were Faheem Nomani with his impressive 5/32 and Jon Hinrichsen taking 3/35.

After being 48/4, Mpumalanga stepped on the gas a bit and after 57.4 overs were on 199/9, the main contribution came from Nathan Carstens who notched up a patient 86 not out from 136 balls. The pick of the NCC bowlers was Kutlwano Mokwena with 3/45.

Northern Cape take on neighbours Free State in the morning’s T20 round and will face Boland in the afternoon also in a T20 match.

Scores from NCC vs Mpumalanga
(Time Cricket)

NCC 145 all out (43.3 Overs)

Batting: Andrew Louw 45, Ramon Sauls and Mason Zacharea 27 eac.

Bowling: Faheem Nomani 5/32 and Jon Hinrichsen 3/35

Mpumalanga 199/9 (57.4 overs)

Batting: Nathan Carstens 86*

Bowling: Kutlwamo Mokwena 3/45.

Result: Mpumalanga won on the first Innings.