Both the Junior and Senior matches today were scheduled to be played against XIs representing the Gary Kirsten Foundation, and were to be played in the townships of Langa and Khayelitsha.
The current drought in the Western Cape has however laid waste those grounds dependent on public water supply and made pitch preparation in the townships impossible.
A switch to Western Province Cricket Club for both games was arranged by our South African host and the games proceeded on lush green outfields, watered from the club’s two private bore-holes.
The Senior side were asked to field and in the opening overs there was little to suggest we would see anything out of the ordinary.
What followed however was a spell of bowling from CSNI’s Aaron Wright whose 7.2 overs of off-spin returned the remarkable figures of eight wickets for only nine runs!
The Foundation XI were hustled out for 79 and the NCU side wasted no time in chasing that down for the loss of only 2 wickets, Jamie Magowan remaining 28* when the winning total was reached.
To take advantage of the wonderful facilities on offer a T20 game was played in the afternoon in which the NCU recorded a 106 run win. Their total of 154/6 was made up of contributions from Max Burton (38), Jack Burton (30) and Archie Johnston (28), while with the ball - Matthew Foster (2-3), Alex Haggan (2-6) and Aaron Wright (2-10) ensured a second win of the day for the Seniors.
RESULT: Gary Kirsten Foundation (Langa) v NCU Senior Academy at Western Province CC, 29th March.
GKF XI - 79 (28.2 overs: S Ntulwane 22; A Wright 8-9)
NCU XI - 80/2 (13.1 overs: J Magowan 28*)
NCU XI won by 8 wickets.
Meanwhile the Junior Development Squad suffered their first defeat on the tour when they went down to a three wicket defeat at the hands of a side from the Khayelitsha township representing the Gary Kirsten Foundation.
Batting first in the usual format of a 12-a-side game the NCU were all out for 150 failing to bat the allotted 40 overs against a pacy attack.
Michael Waite continued his fine batting form with an unbeaten 43* while Carson McCullough made 25. In reply the Foundation team batted steadily and Nkonzombi added 34 to his 2-23 to challenge for title of Man of the Match. He was ably supported by Mfunelwa (32) and Masumpa (30*) who paced his batting and shielded the lower order to see his side home with overs to spare and 3 wickets in hand.
Skipper Michael Humphreys was the leading wicket-taker for the tourists with 4-27 while Rory Ellerby chipped in with a more than useful 3-15.
RESULT: Gary Kirsten Foundation (Khyalitsha) v NCU Junior Development Squad at Western Province CC, 29th March.
NCU - 150 (37.1 overs: M Waite 43*, C McCullough 25; A Mafanga 3-18, S Nkonzombi 2-23, J Qubuda 2-31)
GKF - 151-8 (31.2 overs: S Nkonzombi 34, B Mfunelwa 32, B Masumpa 30*; M Humphreys 4-27, R Ellerby 3-15)
Gary Kirsten Foundation won by 3 wickets.
|Toss won by||Gary Kirsten Foundation U15|
|Home Side||Gary Kirsten Foundation U15|
|Comment||Players: 12 a-side 11 batting and fielding|
For NCU A Kennedy, S Topping, A Johnston dnb.
For Gary Kirsten Foundation J Nako dnb.
|C McCullough||c S Nkonzombi||b J Qubuda||25||74||56||3||0|
|J Rose||c L Tantsi||b A Mafanga||5||25||22||0||0|
|A Ly||Retired Out||0||3||2||0||0|
|C Doak||c A Ntsaka||b A Mafanga||5||12||12||1||0|
|J Lambert||run out L Tantsi||2||9||9||0||0|
|S Burke||b S Nkonzombi||5||16||12||0||0|
|R Ellerby||c B Masumpa||b J Qubuda||0||8||3||0||0|
|E Hanna||b B Masumpa||12||27||28||2||0|
|M Waite||not out||43||79||53||3||2|
|M Humphreys*||c&b A Mafanga||0||4||4||0||0|
|B Beattie||c&b S Nkonzombi||11||32||36||1||0|
|M Daly||b A Ntsaka||11||15||14||1||0|
|extras||(b1 lb6 w23 nb1)||31|
|TOTAL||11 wickets for||150|
|1-20(J Rose) 2-21(A Ly) 3-29(C Doak) 4-44(J Lambert) 5-55(C McCullough)|
|6-55(S Burke) 7-62(R Ellerby) 8-81(E Hanna) 9-82(M Humphreys) 10-129(B Beattie)|
|E Tyatya||c S Topping||b R Ellerby||4||10||17||0||0|
|B Mfunelwa||lbw||b M Humphreys||32||75||56||5||0|
|Y Sijeku||c S Burke||b R Ellerby||2||5||4||0||0|
|A Ntsaka||c J Lambert||b R Ellerby||0||1||3||0||0|
|A Mafanga||c M Humphreys||b M Daly||0||2||4||0||0|
|B Masumpa||not out||30||112||28||4||1|
|S Nkonzombi||b M Humphreys||34||67||70||3||1|
|J Qubuda||c&b M Humphreys||5||22||10||1||0|
|L Tantsi||c B Beattie||b M Humphreys||0||1||3||0||0|
|A Malusi||not out||0||16||12||0||0|
|extras||(b8 lb4 w31 nb1)||44|
|TOTAL||8 wickets for||151|
|1-13(E Tyatya) 2-16(Y Sijeku) 3-17(A Ntsaka) 4-19(A Mafanga) 5-99(B Mfunelwa)|
|6-120(S Nkonzombi) 7-132(J Qubuda) 8-132(L Tantsi)|