An all-round performance from Nonkululeko Mlaba stole the headlines as KZN Coastal trumped Titan by 84 runs on day four of the CSA Provincial One-Day tournament on Wednesday (October 27). Meanwhile, Lions and Western Province defeated Dragons and Easterns, respectively.
Chloe Tryon once again performed well for KZN Coastal, scoring 39 runs from 42 balls. However, it was an unbeaten half-century from Mlaba that took KZN Coastal to 231/9 in 50 overs. She made 56 runs from 61 balls. Kay-Leigh Tapp was the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets for 33 runs.
Chasing four and a half runs per over, Titans crumbled, despite some fighting knocks from Sune Luus and Ricea Coetzer. The former remained not out till the end, scoring a 40-ball 47. They were all out 147, losing to KZN Coastal by 84 runs. Mlaba was the star with the ball, taking four wickets for just 19 runs.
In the first of two low-scoring encounters, Tumi Sekhukhune's fifer helped Lions defend a paltry 115 against Dragons. Tazmin Brits top-scored for the Dragons with a 26-ball 25, but they eventually fell short by 27 runs. Earlier, Tshegofatso Monyela took four for 21, helping Dragons restrict Lions to a sub-par total.
Meanwhile, the match between Western Province and Easterns were reduced to 35 overs per side. Leah Jones and Delmari Tucker starred with the ball, dismissing Easterns for 71 from 28 overs. Western Province had no trouble chasing, with Stacey Lackey providing a strong foundation at the top. She got out to Tsholofelo Marema for a 26-ball 46 as they won by nine wickets.
KZN Coastal 231 / 9 in 50 Overs (Nonkululeko Mlaba 56*; Kay-Leigh Tapp 3/33) beat Titans 147 / 10 in 40 Overs (S Luus 47*; Nonkululeko Mlaba 4/19) by 84 runs.
Lions 115 / 10 in 46.2 Overs (Ayabonga Khaka 22; Tshegofatso Monyela 4/21) beat Dragons 88 / 10 in 31.3 Overs (Tazmin Britz 25; Tumi Sekhukhune 5/29) by 27 runs.
Easterns 71 / 10 in 28 Overs (Lerato Langa 11; Leah Jones 4/14) lost to Western Province 72 / 1 in 9.2 Overs (Stacey Lackay 46; Tsholofelo Marema 1/21) by 9 wickets.