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KwaZulu-Natal clinch Pool C with a round to spare

KwaZulu-Natal made sure of their place in the semi-final round of the Africa T20 Cup when they completed back-to-back bonus points victories on the second day of Pool C at the Diamond Oval on Saturday.

They now have 10 points from two matches and no other side can do better than 9 points. They thus join Northerns and KwaZulu-Natal Inland in the knock-out rounds with the fourth semi-finalist to come from Pool D to be played at Bloemfontein’s Mangaung Oval next weekend.


Rosier and Hendricks bat Northern Cape to comfortable win

Diego Rosier celebrated his appointment as captain of the Northern Cape Diamonds when he belted his side to victory by 8 wickets with 7 balls to spare in their Pool C encounter against Namibia in their Africa T20 Cup at the Diamond Oval on Saturday.

The result puts them in second place on a congested log with 4 points alongside Eastern Province while KwaZulu-Natal top the log on 5 points with Namibia still to get off the mark. The latter two have a game in hand and meet in Saturday’s late game.


Teenagers rescue Kwazulu-Natal, then set up bonus point victory

Kwazulu-Natal are one of the least experienced squads in this year’s Africa T20 Cup with 6 players aged 21 or less but you wouldn’t have thought it judging by the way they overcame potential disaster to finish with a bonus point victory over Eastern Province in their opening Pool C match at the Diamond Oval on Saturday.

Their victory by 36 runs catapults them to the top of the log with 5 points ahead of the 4 garnered by Eastern Province in their victory over Griquas on Friday evening. The latter have yet to get off the mark while Namibia have yet to play a match.


Eastern Province strike up front to achieve comfortable victory

Ngazibini Sigwili struck twice in five balls up front to set up Eastern Province for a comfortable 31-run victory over host, Griquas, in the opening Africa T20 Cup Pool C match at the Diamond Oval on Friday evening.

The 20-year-old left-arm swing bowler, who was opening the South Africa under-19 attack with Kagiso Rabada two years ago, took the key wickets of Reeza Hendricks and Gerhardt Abrahams who were probably the two batsmen more than any others to get their side across the line.


North West finish Africa Cup Pool B with last ball thriller

North West and Boland brought Pool B of the Africa T20 Cup to an exciting conclusion when the former won the final match by 4 wickets off the last ball of the game at Senwes Park on Sunday.

With KwaZulu-Natal Inland having already clinched the top position in the Group earlier in the day by maintaining their unbeaten record and scoring their second bonus point against Border, the closing encounter was all about pride – and particularly for North West as the hosts who had performed disappointingly in their first two games.


Van Jaarsveld sets up KZN Inland for Pool B triumph

Vaughn Van Jaarsveld struck a career best unbeaten 93 to spearhead KwaZulu-Natal Inland to an emphatic victory by 52 runs over one of their two rivals for pool honours, Border, at the Africa T20 Cup to clinch their place in the semi-final and final weekend next month.

They are the second team to qualify after Northerns won last weekend’s Pool A competition at Sahara Park Willowmoore.


Boland have found a match-winner in Jean Marais

Stiaan Van Zyl and Jean Marais shared a century partnership to enable Boland to beat Border by 8 wickets with a bonus point to keep up the pressure on KwaZulu-Natal Inland at the top of Pool B at the Africa T20 Cup at Senwes Park on Saturday.

As things stand at the close of day two with all sides having played two of their three matches, KZN Inland top the log on 9 points, followed by Boland (5), Border (4) and North West who have yet to get off the mark.


Border overcome early scare to beat North West

Border must have given their supporters some grey hairs before clinching a three-wicket victory over North West with seven balls to spare in their opening Pool B match at the Africa T20 Cup at Senwes Park on Saturday.

The visitors seemed to have an easy enough task after winning the toss and restricting their hosts to 104/8 in their 20 overs.


KZN Inland take charge of Pool B with two wins in a row

Kwazulu-Natal Inland took a firm grip on Pool B when they completed back-to-back victories in their second match of the Africa T20 Cup at Senwes Park on Saturday.

Having beaten North West in their opening match on Friday with a bonus point this second victory over Boland by 9 runs leaves them with 9 points while none of the other sides has yet to get off the mark. The position could, however, change later in the day as Border will be playing their first two fixtures back to back.


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