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Northern Gauteng Is Top Of The Log At The End Of Day Three

After another day in extreme heat at Radloff Park, Somerset West, Cape Town, Northern Gauteng (NG) remain log leaders in the blind cricket national tournament.

A close encounter with Free State saw NG win by 3 wickets. Free State in their innings were all out for 63, with Johan Venter (NG) taking 3 wickets for
13 runs in 3.3 overs. 

Northerns chasing 64 to win were made to battle to hold on to their top spot with Free State bowlers in devastating form as Simon Nama and Tefo Claasen
both taking 3 wickets within the 11 overs bowled. 

In the other results of the day, Western Province (WP) beat Central Gauteng by 12 runs after scoring 228 for 8 off 40 overs. Bongani Stofile (WP) top scoring
with 72 off 87 balls supported by Israel Hatting (WP) with 38 runs off 59 balls. Central Gauteng were bowled out for 217 in 37.4 overs, Israel Hatting
(WP) 3 wickets for 32 runs in 6.4 overs.

Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) won their match against Boland by 7 wickets. Boland set a target of 294 which was eclipsed
by KZN with a sterling performance by Desigan Pillay scoring 144 runs not out. This was Pillay’s second century in this tournament. 

Current log standings NG (1st); KZN (2nd); WP (3rd); Boland (4th);  Central Gauteng (5th) and Free State (6th). Tomorrow see Free State vs Boland; KZN
vs Central Gauteng and WP vs Northern Gauteng. 

The tournament will end on Saturday, 12 April. Matches start 
at 10:00 AM.

Balls And All Sub-Continent Special Now Out

Another fantastic Balls and All has just been released, and what a fabulous show it was tonight.

It was wonderful to welcome back to the fold
Hamish Mackenzie
from his overseas jaunt to Costa Rica and the U.S. Great to hear that you enjoyed your holiday so much Mish and wonderful to see you’ll be in the Aussie colours as of next week ready to battle it out against the might of India and Sri Lanka.

A huge thanks to our guests tonight who certainly made the sub-continent special of Balls and All a truly memorable one.

Our first guest on the show was Australian blind cricket captain
Matthew McCarthy,
who certainly made for interesting listening, even telling us some of the Aussie tactics he was planning to utilise against India and Sri Lanka. Thanks so much for your time Matt, and let’s bring the silverware back to where it rightfully belongs.

Our second guest was Sri Lankan B2 Dinesh Mathugama, who certainly was well keen to beat the mighty Aussie team, and Dinesh was certainly wanting
Mr Loh
to bring him over a pair of sunglasses as a present, in return for some sensational Sri Lankan cuisine. Gosh, my mouth’s watering thinking about how good the food is in Sri Lanka.

Our third and final guest was Indian blind cricket captain
Shekhar Naik,
and it was an absolute pleasure to have the great man on our show. Shekhar certainly knows his stuff, and when he quoted the figure of 35000 blind cricketers playing in India, we nearly all fell off our seats in sheer amazement.

Thanks again to all of our guests on the show tonight, and good luck to the Aussie boys travelling to the sub-continent for what promises to be an awesome and challenging tour.

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download the Balls And All sub-continent special
so that you can listen at your leisure, or you can click on the play button below to tune into the podcast online.

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South Africa’s Blind Cricketers Excel

The first day of the blind cricket national tournament saw some interesting and exceptionally good play by the Western Province Blind cricketers. WP posted 348/7(40overs) against Free State. Bongani Stofile, scored 158 and took 3 wickets for 39 runs.

The teams that could get points on the log were WP; Northern Gauteng and Boland. Boland beat Central Gauteng by 5 wickets with J Mbabane putting 54 on the score board. Teams yet to post on the log are: Cnetral Gauteng; Free State and KZN.

The matches were played in extremely hot weather taxing the physical endurance of the blind cricketers. The searing heat was equalled by the warm compassion for the game of cricket. It is a sight to behold.

The results for the day: WP vs Free State- WP 348/7 (40 overs), B Stofile 158, S Nama 2/52; Free State- 191/9 (40 overs), T Claasen 35, BStofile 3/39. WP won by 157 runs.
Northern Gauteng vs KZN – Northern Gauteng 270/7 (40 overs), M v d Linde 61, M Parmeshwar 1/40; KZN- 134/10 (27 overs) S Mandweni 25, E Mathapo 3/33;
Boland vs Central Gauteng – Gauteng 193/10 (37,2 overs), S Bidla 40, M Williams2/21; Boland 194/5 (30,4 overs ) JMbane 54 ?oland won by 5 wickets.

The tournament is played at Radloff Park Somerset West and will end on Saturday 12 April.