Northerns are hosting the Jarvis Kaplan Cup for the 7th time and Day 2 proved to be extremely fruitful for the home team.
The local ladies trounced Western Province 5 – 0 to set themselves up for a first ever title in the A Division. The only team standing in their way now is Central Gauteng who defeated South African Country Districts 4 – 1.
South Africa’s top two, Milnay Louw and Siyoli Waters went head-to-head in the final match and it was the former Province stalwart that prevailed 3 – 0. Earlier, Cheyna Tucker had beaten Sacha West by the same score-line following a miraculous recovery from her Day 1 injury. The Northerns No.2 was unable to complete her opener and will likely finish the match on Friday.
Northerns are sitting pretty on 38 points, nine clear of Central Gauteng. WP are third, six further back with EP breathing down their necks in the 4th place.
KAPLAN CUP STANDINGS – DAY 2
CENTRAL GAUTENG 29
WESTERN PROVINCE 23
EASTERN PROVINCE 22
SA COUNTRY DISTRICTS 4*
It was business as usual in the men’s competition with Western Province recording a 5 – 0 triumph over Northerns in a reversal of the ladies’ result. Kelvin Ndhlovu suffered his first loss against World No.86 Shaun le Roux.
KwaZulu-Natal defeated Central Gauteng 4 – 1 with Paul Atkinson securing the point for Mike Tootill’s charges when he turned back the clock and thumped Andrew Martin 3 – 0. The Joburg sides’ English import lost for the 2nd successive day when Steve Coppinger predictably beat Eddie Charlton 3 – 0.
It’s tight at the top with Province three points clear of KZN. The destiny of the Jarvis Cup is in the balance ahead of their title-deciding fixture of Friday.
JARVIS CUP STANDINGS – DAY 2
WESTERN PROVINCE 40
CENTRAL GAUTENG 23