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Northerns survive early hiccup to win Africa T20 Cup title

Northerns completed a weekend of dominant knock-out cricket to beat KZN Inland by 7 wickets with 2 overs to spare in the Final of the Africa T20 Cup at the Mangaung Oval on Sunday.

Apart from a hiccup at the start of their innings when Inland fast bowler, Matthew Pillans, took career best figures of 3/15 in bowling his four overs in a single spell, Northerns were always in charge as they chased down a target of 104 which was well below par.


KZN Inland to face Northerns in Africa T20 Cup Final

KZN INLAND proved their pedigree once again in limited overs pressure matches when they beat hosts, Free State, by 4 runs in the second semi-final of the Africa T20 Cup at the Mangaung Oval on Saturday. They will now play Northerns in the Final on Sunday.

“We have won both the T20 and 50 overs titles in the semi-professional league,” commented KZN Inland captain, SJ Erwee, “so we have a good record and will certainly draw on those experiences in tomorrow’s final.”


Davids shines in comfortable Northerns semi victory

Henry Davids proved to be a more than adequate replacement for Indian-bound Albie Morkel as Northerns cruised to a 35-run victory over KZN in the first semi-final of the Africa T20 Cup competition at the Mangaung Oval on Saturday.

Davids’ innings of 73 not out off a mere 42 balls (8 fours and 2 sixes) was pivotal to the Northerns total of 180/4 and for good measure he picked up 1/9 from his only over of off-spin.


Markram feels he owes Northerns a big one

Aiden Markram has a history of putting in the big performances when the pressure is at its most intense, but the Northerns opener believes any one of his teammates has the “X-factor” to influence the playoff stages of this weekend’s Africa T20 Cup.

Markram, the former South Africa U-19 captain, played a match-winnings innings of 66 not out to steer his team to that the ICC Under-19 World Cup title in Dubai last year. Although Markram had a quiet opening Africa Cup T20 round in Benoni a couple of weeks ago, there are not many that would bet against the 20-year-old making a big play in the semi-final against KwaZulu-Natal at the Mangaung Oval on Saturday.


Shadley believes home ground advantage is key at Africa T20 Cup

Free State all-rounder, Shadley van Schalkwyk, believes home-ground advantage at the Mangaung Oval could be crucial to the outcome of this weekend’s play-off stages of the African T20 Cup.

Free State won the right to host the semi-finals and final in Bloemfontein by virtue of being the only one of the four host affiliates from the four pools to qualify for the knockout phase. The City of Roses venue is one of the largest cricket grounds in the world and visiting teams can take a while to work out the unique dimensions of the outfield. This can particularly be crucial in a Twenty20 match where there isn’t much time to figure out things during match play.


Free State complete Pool D clean sweep

Free State completed a clean sweep of their Pool D matches at the Africa T20 Cup at the Mangaung Oval when they edged out Gauteng by 8 runs in the second of two closely fought finishes on Sunday.

They thus top the log with 14 points with the other three teams- Gauteng, Kenya and Canon SWD – all finishing on 4 points.


Kenya finish Africa T20 Cup campaign with narrow win

Kenya finished their Africa T20 Cup campaign on a positive note when they beat Canon SWD by one run in their final Pool D match at the Mangaung Oval on Sunday.

It was their first victory of the tournament and highlighted the improvement they have shown over the course of their three matches.


CSA announces Africa T20 Cup semi-final draw

Cricket South Africa (CSA) conducted the draw today for next weekend’s Africa T20 Cup semi-finals to be played at the Mangaung Oval and came up with two mouth-watering contests.

The first semi-final will be played at 10h00 next Saturday between Northerns and KwaZulu-Natal while hosts, Free State, will front up to KwaZulu-Natal Inland in the second semi-final to be played at 14h00.


Gauteng fall short of bonus point in spite of Bavuma's blast

Temba Bavuma demonstrated that his batting skills are by no means restricted to the long format when he blasted Gauteng to a four-wicket victory over Kenya in their Africa T20 Cup Pool D match at the Mangaung Oval on Saturday.

Unfortunately his unbeaten innings of 64 (39 balls, 3 fours and 3 sixes) was not enough to keep Gauteng alive in their bid to win the pool as they could not secure the all-important bonus point but it was nevertheless a personal statement of intent from the Proteas Test batsman.


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