Brilliant all-round performances from SA U19 star Jade de Klerk and Tiaan van Vuuren helped Eastern Province claim a good first innings win over KwaZulu-Natal Inland in their Time Cricket match on day two of the 2017 Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week in Johannesburg yesterday afternoon.
De Klerk and Van Vuuren both starred with the ball, De Klerk claiming 3/33 and Van Vuuren 3/25 as they dismissed Inland for 130, before taking that form into their batting effort as Van Vuuren scored a fighting half century and De Klerk a swashbuckling unbeaten 39.
This saw EP finish on 197/9 when play was called, giving them the first innings win.
With Inland batting first, Van Vuuren tore into their top order, bowling two of the top three trapping the other lbw while Neo Pepeta also got in on the action having number four batsman Sean Gilson (six) caught as Inland tumbled to 26/4.
Raeez Harrison then bowled Jarred Campbell (six), De Klerk picked up his first bowling Brandon McMullen (seven) and Cole Schoeman trapped James Ritchie (six) lbw leaving Inland in deep trouble on 45/7.
Number eight and number nine batsmen Fraser Jones and Kamogelo Selane then fought back for Inland with a 59-run partnership that got them past the 100-run mark, with De Klerk ending the stand by bowling Selane for 23. De Klerk then picked up a third and Schoeman a second, leaving Jones unbeaten on 52 and Inland all out for 130.
Sinesipho Tsotsa (16) and David Rushmere (15) then got starts for EP, before Rushmere was first to fall with EP on 23. Four wickets for four runs then saw them slip to 36/5 and in danger of being skittled out cheaply. Christopher Benjamin and Van Vuuren then rescued EP with a fantastic 108-run stand that swept past Inland’s score.
Benjam sell for 48 and Van Vuuren for 54, while De Klerk got in on the act with some solid hitting as EP ended the day comfortably ahead.
They now head into day three’s play today taking on Namibia and North West in T20 cricket matches at St David’s College.
In other Coke Week action on the day, Border drew with WP, Boland beat Northerns on first innings, Free State just shaved a draw with hosts Gauteng, Limpopo drew with KZN, Mpumalanga beat Northern Cape on first innings, North West drew with Easterns and SWD came extremely close to claiming an outright win over Namibia but had to settle for a win on first innings in the end.