Yorkshire assistant coach Martin Maupa recalled they won by 15 runs in last year’s clash.
The Standard Bank Yorkshire Regional RPC (Regional Performance Centre) cricket team cemented their mastery over Northern Cape High School on Wednesday when they won their Momentum Friendship Under-15 Game by 10 wickets at the Pirates Club Oval in thrilling fashion.
This was the second occasion that Yorkshire had the better of NCH in the Momentum series. Yorkshire assistant coach Martin Maupa recalled they won by 15 runs in last year’s clash.
On Wednesday Yorkshire won the toss and opted to send NCH in to bat, and had them in trouble early when opening batsman Hamza Kana faced just two deliveries off Kagisho Mentor’s bowling before he holed out to Tebogo Modise on the boundary and headed back to the stands for a duck.
Kana’s opening partner Igshaan Alexander was soon thereafter clean bowled by Paseka Jonkers for 15 in his 40 minutes at the crease. Ronsley Sauls was next to go for a paltry five runs, caught by Adrian Korkie off Kgotso Kepaletswe’s bowling.
NCH then dug deep to put up something of a fightback and their next three batsmen all got starts AJ Van Niekerk, (10), Naziel Adams (13) and Estienne Van den Berg (16), but that resistance soon wilted when Jason Snyman vacated the crease with a duck after facing just three deliveries in the fourteenth over.
WIth seven wickets down, lower order batsman Danté Stander tried to pick up the slack but was run out by Justin Williams for four runs. Jayden Eiman (6) tried to stand his ground but his stand only lasted four balls.
Tailender Kgotso Matlowi (1) did not fare any better, out LBW off Adrian Korkie’s delivery which ended NCH’s challenge in just 17.2 overs.
Yorkshire made short work of their reply. Chasing just 82 runs, the opening pair of Ontlametse Kesiamang (31) and Itumeleng Sekonyela (36) reached the target within an hour off a combined 97 deliveries. NCH, meanwhile, boosted the Yorkshire batting stocks by contributing 16 Extras (11w, 3lb, 2nb).
After the game CSA cricket services manager Edward Khoza said at least two youngsters at the tournament had impressed with their batting with the result that they had caught the eye of the national Under 19 coaches who seemed keen to see more of them.
The Yorkshire RPC team were over the moon with their win, and it seems there is more to come.
According to the players, this team had several members who were incorporated from the newly inaugurated Kuruman Eye Warriors RPC coached by Omphile Maemela, which can only be good news for the club.