In conclusion of another exciting and testing school cricket year, the country’s best cricket players competed and showcased their talents during the 2019 Momentum National Weeks during the first two weeks of December.
This National Weeks for provincial schools teams is a key point for Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) development pipeline and provides for promising cricketers for the future. This tourney offer young talents the opportunity to perform on a national platform as they continue their journey through the ranks, with the dream of representing their country from the South Africa U/19 level up to the Standard Bank Proteas team.
On Monday the 16th of December the Limpopo U/19 team played in their first match against the side of Border in the annual Coca Cola Khaya Majola U/19 Week. Border won this match by 7 wickets. Border won the toss and elected to send Limpopo in to bat first.
Limpopo posted 77 runs all out. In reply Border posted 103/10. This timed game with no more than 75 overs per innings saw Limpopo add 70 runs to their scorecard, albeit for the loss of 5 wickets in their allocated time. Border posted 45 runs for the loss of 5 wickets to seal the match in their favour.
On Tuesday the 17th of December Limpopo’s U/19 side came up against South Western Districts (SWD) in another timed cricket match for round 2.
The first day of the U/17 tournament on the 11th of December at the Despatch Cricket Ground did not start off on a positive note for Limpopo. The Eastern Cape Invitational XI won this timed cricket match by 179 runs.
On the second day of the tournament Limpopo’s U/17’s made amends for their loss the previous day by beating the Northern Cape by 105 runs. In the first innings Limpopo posted 87/10 whereas Northern Cape could only manage 40 runs for the loss of 10 wickets.
In the second innings Limpopo flexed their muscles with 103 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. With some formidable bowling and fielding Limpopo restricted their opponents to just 45 runs for the loss of 5 wickets.
On Friday the 13th of December Limpopo once again contested in a match against Northern Cape, this time in a 20/20 overs fixture. Northern Cape won the toss and elected to field first.
Limpopo set a target of 113/7 in their 20 overs for their opponents to chase down. Once again Limpopo’s bowling and fielding came to the party as they restricted the Northern Cape batsmen to 77 runs, all out after 17.3 overs to win by 36 runs.
Later the day Limpopo came up against the side of Northerns for the next 20/20 overs clash. Limpopo won the toss and elected to send the Northerns batsmen in first to set the target.
Northerns posted 107 in their allocated 20 overs and in reply Limpopo made 102/8, but with no overs to spare Northerns won by 5 runs.
In the 50 overs format, Limpopo came up against the team of North West. Limpopo fielded first and restricted North West to 177 runs all out in the 43rd over. In reply, Limpopo made the target, with a score of 178/8 to win this game by two wickets.
In the last match of the tournament Limpopo faced the side of Border in another 50 overs fixture. Limpopo having won the toss and elected to send Border in first to bat, the Limpopo boys restricted their opponents to 183/9 after 50 overs.
Limpopo on a high from their previous win against North West, batted well in reply to win by two wickets, scoring 187/8 after 47.5 overs.
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