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Eddie Fourie's Birthday today--happy birthday Eddie. A small presentation was made in the bus travelling to the centre, courtesy of the umpires. Eddie was, as usual, speechless.

First up today was the 19&Under Girls, New Zealand v Australia. Australia batted first and scored 150. New Zealand scored 92 in reply.

Next up, the South African Over 35 Men took on Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka posted 92, assisted hugely by taking 21 runs off the last over. South Africa scored 145, with an exciting struggle for the last skin (which they tied).

The New Zealand Over 30 Women then took on the Australians. Australia scored a solid 139, and New Zealand chased extremely well, until Australia lifted remarkably and took 8 wickets in the last 4 overs. New Zealand finished with 116.

With memories of Perth still fresh in their minds, New Zealand Over 35 Men met England next (England beat New Zealand to gain a place in the Final in the inaugural Masters in Perth). New Zealand posted 147, including a last skin (Cini/Kerr) of 66. In reply, England scored 89.

Under 19 Boys, Australia vs South Africa was next. South Africa batted first and scored 120. It wasn't enough, and Australia cruised to a comprehensive victory, scoring 170.

And then . . . the replay of the South Africa vs Australia 19&Under Girls. The first game was sensational. This one? Sensational again. The South Africans put 120 on the board, and Australia were sitting reasonably comfortably at 68 after 8 overs, and even at 95 after 12 they needed 26 off four overs. But the South African girls applied immense pressure, and the Australians faltered. With one over to go, they were still 18 behind, and in the end, with a four scored off the last ball, the Australians lost another exceptional game by one run. Phew.

New Zealand Over 30 Women played South Africa next. South Africa posted a score of 78, and New Zealand were not troubled by the chase, eventually scoring 154. A comprehensive victory to the hosts.

The Australian Over 35 Men, chasing England's 73, were never really threatened, going onto a very comfortable 125.

 

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