SWD VS KWAZULU NATAL – 1 DAY
24 December 2012
The SWD cricket team’s aspirations to win their first silverware got a heavy blow of Sunday when they lost in the CSA One Day competition against KwaZulu Natal at the REC in Oudtshoorn. SWD was well set for a place in the final but a destructive batting display from the KZN top order destroyed the SWD hopes.
The match was reduced to 40 overs per batting team after the foot holes at the bowlers end was damp after repairs. SWD, who won the toss and elected to bat first scored a very competitive 266/6 with solid contributions from Glen Addicot (59), Kobus Scholtz (40), Pieter Stuurman (39*) and Brendon Louw (34*). Stuurman and Louw closed off the innings in superb style by compiling an unbeaten partnership of 66 from only 33 balls.
An unbroken partnership of 214 runs for the third wicket by Chad Bowes (112*) and Michael Alexander (134*) took the visitors to 269/2 (in the 33rd over) to secure an eight wicket victory. The two gave the SWD bowling attack a hard afternoon in the blistering Oudtshoorn sun.
SWD VS KWAZULU NATAL – 3 DAY
The SWD cricket team are back to fine form after a resounding victory over KwaZulu Natal in the Cricket South Africa Provincial Three Day Challenge. The Oudtshoorn based team were in awesome form on home soil and won by an innings and one run in extreme heat conditions.
KwaZulu Natal, who won the toss, managed to put up 227 runs from 57 overs in their first innings thanks to a well-played century by their number seven batsman, Keversan Maharaj (103). Phaphama Fojela (4/59), Marcello Piedt (3/57) and Glen Addicot (2/21) were the successful bowlers.
The SWD innings was built around a career best and new SWD first class batting record double century by Adrian McLaren. As stand-in captain he scored his 20th first class century – 212* from 359 balls and spent more than eight hours (498 minutes) at the crease. He hit 9 sixes and 17 fours. He also shared a 158 run seven wicket partnership with Phaphama Fojela (50). SWD, who batted for 141 overs, declared their first innings at 431/7 for a lead of 204.
KZN were dismissed for 203 runs in their second innings with only Michael Alexander (79) that offered significant resistance. Marcello Piedt was again in brilliant form and picked up 6/53.