South African Schools’ captain of 2013, Yaseen Valli got the bizhub Highveld Lions off to a winning start when he scored an unbeaten 65 runs after his side was struggling on 63/5 at a stage in their match against the South Africa under-17 side. The Lions are the defending champions of the tournament which will, for the first time ever, see a final played to decide the 2014 winners.
Dayyaan Galiem, who grabbed four wickets for 29 runs, was the chief destroyer for the national U17 side. The 16-year old was in the national U19 side which toured India last year.
Greg Oldfield of the Sunfoil Dolphins grabbed an outstanding seven wickets for 42 runs with his off-spin bowling in his side’s match against the Chevrolet Warriors.
His performance was however, not enough to secure a victory as Warriors’ leg spinner, Lance Roelfse stepped to the fore, bowling his side to a 59-run victory. Roelfse grabbed six wickets for just 12 runs.
Aiden Markram of the Unlimited Titans scored an impressive 72 runs as his side beat the Chevrolet Knights by seven wickets. He is also a member of the team that toured India, but is playing in his first ever Cubs Week. Markram has also never played at a Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week.
Leus du Plooy (34*) made a valuable contribution with the bat. He was also the best bowler for his side (Titans) as he dismissed three batsmen for 19 runs.
The Knights struggled to 158 after they were in a commanding position on 77/2 after 11 overs. Christian Steyn (48) made the biggest contribution with the bat, 16 runs of his runs came off the first over of the match bowled by Dustin Melton (2/50).
The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras defeated Zimbabwe by six wickets in their encounter. Zimbabwe is drawn in the same group as South Africa for the World Cup.
Results, Day 1:
Warriors v Dolphins
Warriors: 222 all out (Lloyd Brown 39, Bradley Bopp 38, Greg Oldfield 7/42)
Sunfoil Dolphins: 118 all out (Jason Oakes 5,Lance Roelfse 6/12)
Result: Warriors won by 59 runs (Duckworth/Lewis method)
Knights v Titans
Knights: 158 all out (Christian Steyn 48, Patrick Kruger 23, Leus du Plooy 3/19, Corbin Bosch 2/14)
Titans: 159/3 (Aidan Markram 72, Leus du Plooy 34*, Paballo Mogoera 1/13).
Result: Titans won by 7 wickets
SA U17 v Lions
South Africa U17: 163 all out (Andile Phehlukwayo 47, Grant Roelofsen 21, Kagiso Rabada 2/11)
Highveld Lions: 161/9 (Yaseen Valli 65*, Dayyaan Galiem 4/29)
Result: Lions won by 1 wicket (Duckworth/Lewis method)
Zimbabwe U19 v Cape Cobras
Zimbabwe: 121 all out (Blair Lake 42, Justin Dill 2/17, Yolisa Mona 2/34)
Cobras: 87/4 (Jason Smith 26*, Riaz Sader 25).
Result: Cobras won by 6 wickets (Duckworth/Lewis method)