Schoulas stars on day one of RPC U16 Week as Northerns and Gauteng beaten

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Gauteng and Northerns suffered surprise losses on an intriguing opening day of the Standard Bank Regional Performance Centre (RPC) Under-16 Week on Tuesday, but one of the biggest performances came from Western Province’s Caleb Schoulas in Potchefstroom.

Some of the country’s top youngsters from previously disadvantaged areas across South Africa have assembled for the second edition of the tournament and they did not disappoint for their various teams.

Schoulas was the only bowler to bag a five-for as his haul of five for 35 in nine overs helped WP win their derby clash with Eastern Province by seven wickets at North West University (NWU) Ibbies Oval.

After winning the toss and batting, EP were restricted to 201 in 48.4 overs thanks mainly to their star man Schoulas.

Reuben Wildman top-scored with 98 (136 balls, 11 fours, 1 six) – the joint highest-scorer on day one of action.

An blistering unbeaten 90 off 82 balls (13 fours) by Rhonwen Carstens then lead the reply as his side cruised to victory with a massive 21.5 overs to spare.

The two more surprise results of the day happened at the NWU Puk Oval and Potch Boys High B.

At the university ground, Boland thumped Northerns by five wickets and with nearly 10 overs to spare thanks stellar performances by Elton Douries, Ryan Lewies and Nathan Jacobs.

Douries first nabbed three for 36 as the men from the Highveld were bowled out for 222 in 45.5 overs. Muhwya Patel was the best of the batsmen with 55 (85 balls, 2 fours).

Lewies and Jacobs wasted little time in the Boland response crunching 65 (112 balls, 7 fours, 1 six) and 85 (70 balls, 11 fours, 2 sixes) as the Cape side reached their target in 41.3 overs.

Gauteng, meanwhile, lost narrowly by five runs trying to chase down the highest score of the day, a massive 278 for eight by South Western Districts.

Ravin-Lee Kemmies (71 not out off 83 balls, 6 fours) and Uston Michaels (57 off 39 balls, 8 fours, 1 six) helped propel their side at PBH.

Despite Sthabiso Luthango nearly getting a century with 98 (111 balls, 12 fours, 3 sixes) and a punishing 82 off 40 balls from Tshepiso Makau (5 fours, 7 sixes), SWD held on.

Elsewhere, Thualne Khumalo (4/17), Lucas Bila (3/1) and Mahlatsi Theko (2/19) shared all 10 wickets in 14.2 overs as Mpumalanga were shot out for 40 by Easterns, who chased down the target in 10.1 overs to win by eight wickets.

Adrian Kortjie took three for 33 on the way to Northern Cape ousting Border by eight wickets – the latter side were bowled out for 130 and the former chased down the score in 22.3 overs thanks to Boitumelo Melesi’s 42.

 Finally, Ryan Naicker (3/18) and Bonga Shezi (3/24) shared six wickets as KwaZulu-Natal sealed an incredible nine-run win over Free State. The pair helped their side defend 150, which they were restricted to thanks to four for 16 by Kamohelo Tsholo, by bowling out FS for 141.

 The two of the Standard Bank RPC Under-16 Week continues on Tuesday. To follow the live action from Potchefstroom, visit www.websports.co.za.