BIG GAME FOR SWD AGAINST GAUTENG STRIKERS
The SWD senior cricket team will be up against the formidable Gauteng Strikers this weekend when they host one their most respected rivals at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn in a Cricket South Africa Provincial Challenge fixture.
SWD (at 63.50 points after 6 matches) is in 8th position on the CSA Three day log and with two games in hand they will challenge log leader Boland who is on 89.10 points after 8 games. Gauteng is in 5th place at 72.76 points after 7 matches. Coach, Garry Hampson, and his team will be well aware that crunch time for the season has arrived and they will be determined to secure their first trophy.
The selectors, however, faced a few challenges and promoted the promising in-form captain of the SWD U/18’s Ruan Stander for his first class debut. Adrian McLaren has joined his SWD team mates Gurshwin Rabie and Christiaan Jonker at the Warriors – who will play the Sunfoil Dolphins at Kingsmead in Durban this weekend – whist Waldo Lategan (finger ligament) and Wessel Hartslief (back) will not be fit for this vital clash. Their absence opened the door for Douglas Baartman and Reece Williams. The Strikers have opted for the strongest possible team that includes Lions franchise players like Jean Symes, Ethan O’Reilly and Shane Burger.
SWD will also kick-off their Twenty20 campaign on Sunday. This match will start at 11:00 and a big crowd is expected.
The teams are:
SWD: Ross McMillan (Capt), Luthando Mnyanda, Kobus Scholtz, Glen Addicot, Pieter Stuurman, Brendon Louw, Ruan Stander, Phaphama Fojela, Marcello Piedt, Douglas Baartman and Reece Williams. Justin Jordaan and Gareth Dukes will be added to the T20 squad.
Gauteng: Richard Das Neves (Capt), Grant Mokoena, Sizwe Masondo, Jean Symes, Devon Conway, Shane Burger, Shaheen Khan, David Rhoda, Graham Hume, Pumelela Matshikwe, Ethan O’Reilly, Brain Barnard and Shaun Jamison.
PREMIER LEAGUE SCORE SHEETS
29 January 2013
Pacaltsdorp United caused a big upset during the past weekend’s SWD Cricket Board Premier League fixtures after they defeated George at Rooirivier-rift by 43 runs. Ruall de Reuck (53) made a valuable contribution with the bat as Pacaltsdorp posted 157 to which George replied with 114 (all out). Sussex (101), who suffered a big defeat the previous weekend fought back and were victorious by 63 runs against Harlequins (38 all out) who had a miserable day with the bat.
Union Stars (128/8) had a tough run chase after they dismissed Mossel Bay for a modest 127 but they escaped with a two wicket victory. Pirates United (85/4) continued their good form with a 6 wicket victory against Ramblers who were dismissed for only 84.
The summarized score sheets are:
Union Stars vs Mossel Bay
MOSSEL BAY 127 (Ricky Lessing 31*, Stefan Terblanche 30, Wimpie Louw 21, Leroi Bredenkamp 3/26, Douglas Baartman 2/13)
UNION STARS 128/8 (Brendon Louw 39, Pieter Stuurman 32, Merlin Masimela 22, Thomas Boucher 3/25, Christo van Schalkwyk 3/31)
Union Stars won by 2 wickets
Sussex vs Harlequins
SUSSEX 101 (Sammy Joe Avontuur 32, Erinn Ewerts 29, Phaphama Fojela 3/12, Ronald Dirks 2/17, Wayne Gelant 2/18)
HARLEQUINS 38 (Phaphama 14, Graig Thanna 5/12, Goodwin Plaaitjies 3/8, Erinn Ewerts 2/17)
Sussex won by 63 runs
Pacaltsdorp vs George
PACALTSDORP 157 (Ruall de Reuck 53, Denzil Manewil 37, Ross Mcmillan 2/7)
GEORGE 114 (Glen Addicott 34, Devon Muller 3/25)
Pacaltsdorp won by runs 43 runs
Pirates United vs Ramblers
RAMBLERS 84 (Shael Laminie 31*, Irvin Campher 3/24, Ruwayne Brinkhuys 3/25, Mervin Bock 2/18
PIRATES UNITED 85/4 (Marshall Philander 30*, Ruwayne Brinkhuys 19*, B.Smart 3/23)
Pirates United won by 6 wickets
PROMOTION & RESERVE LEAGUE RESULTS
29 January 2013
Western Hope (beat Bongolethu by 230 runs), Blanco (beat Hartenbos by 9 wickets) and Mayflower (beat Kranshoek Cobra’s by 144 runs) all strengthened their position for a place in the SWD Cricket Board Promotion League after important victories the past weekend.
Both the B- and C teams of Union Stars qualified for the Reserve League semi-final’s that will be played on Saturday at the Bridgton Sports Ground. The B-team will play George B and the C-team will challenge the defending champions, Ramblers B.
The summarized results for the weekend are:
Blanco vs Hartenbos
HARTENBOS 111; BLANCO 115/1
Blanco won by 9 wickets
Melkhoutfontein vs Ladismith
MELKHOUTFONTEIN 147; LADISMITH 112
Melkhoutfontein won by 35 runs
Selbourne vs Calitzdorp
CALITZDORP 123; SELBOURNE 64
Calitzdorp won by 59 runs
Western Hope vs Bongolethu
WESTERN HOPE 332; BONGOLETHU 102
Western Hope won by 230 runs
Kranshoek Cobra’s vs Mayflower
MAYFLOWER 220/8; KRANSHOEK COBRA’S 76
Mayflower won by 144 runs
Pioneers vs Riversdale
PIONEERS 225; RIVERSDALE 215/9
Pioneers won by 10 runs
RESERVE LEAGUE (SATURDAY)
Ramblers B VS Pirates United B
PIRATES UNITED B 61; RAMBLERS B 65/3
Ramblers B won by 7 wickets
Thembalethu B vs George B
GEORGE B 159; THEMBALETHU B 150
George B won by 9 runs
Union Stars B vs Mossel Bay B
MOSSEL BAY B 113; UNION STARS B 114/4
Union Stars B won by 6 wickets
RESERVE LEAGUE (SUNDAY)
Harlequins B vs Union Stars B
UNION STARS B 205/9; HARLEQUINS B 100
Union Stars B won by 105 runs
Bongolethu B vs Union Stars C
BONGOLETHU B 73; UNION STARS C 74/1
Union Stars C won by 9 wickets
Thembalethu B vs Ramblers B
RAMBLERS B 256/9; THEMBALETHU B 73/9
Ramblers B won by 183 runs
BRILLIANT WEEKEND FOR SWD WOMEN
The SWD Women’s team took full advantage of home ground advantage and recorded two excellent victories the past weekend. In the two Cricket South Africa Women’s Challenge fixtures that were played at the REC Ground in Oudtshoorn the SWD Women first defeated Border on Saturday and also repeat success when they defeated the unbeaten log leaders, Eastern Province on Sunday. In both matches the batters posted two defendable targets but the bowling department excelled with some excellent disciplined bowling to secure victory.
In the match against Border the SWD Women were victorious with 11 runs after a sound batting display where they were dismissed in the last over for 151. The captain, Annemie Koen who contributed with a match winning unbeaten innings of 68* (141 balls, 4×4) was well supported by Carina Crause (33; 60 balls, 4×4) and added 72 runs for the 3rd wicket. Border, who was restricted to 139/8 in their compliment of 50 overs, failed to reach the winning target mainly due to accurate spin bowling from Gail Abrahams (4/16 in 10 overs)
Bernadine Bezuidenhout, who batted right through the innings, was the batting hero with an excellent unbeaten innings of 81* (137 balls; 3×4) as SWD posted 149 (49.3 overs). Abrahams (4/23 in 10 overs) was again the bowling hero but she was well supported by her fellow bowlers as they restricted EP for 143/8 to secure a 6 runs victory. For EP, Lonette Pienaar (51*) and ex-Protea Claire Terblance (55), contributed with a threatening partnership of 100 runs for the 4th wicket.
CLUB FIXTURES FOR THE WEEKEND
29 January 2013
The cricket program in the SWD will continue this weekend after the break for the festive season.
The SWD U/19 team will play Western Province as from Friday on the REC in Oudtshoorn in the CSA Provincial Three Day Competition. The SWD squad for the weekend is: Ruan Stander (captain), Larnell Spies, Jean Heunis, Luther van der Horst, Bjorn-Jay Rossouw, Stepan Gouws, Josh Peters, Lance Roelfse, Dillon Moos, Arno Moolman, Richard Maree, Chris Marrow, Emile Titus and Thomas Marrow.
The SWD Women’s team will travel to Paarl and Cape Town respectively where they will take on Boland (on Saturday) and Western Province (on Sunday). The SWD will be hoping for a victory in at least one of the two matches as both provinces will be without representation of their national players who are on tour in the West Indies.
The SWD league competition will also proceed this weekend.
The fixtures are:
Pirates United vs Union Stars
George vs Sussex
Ramblers vs Mosselbaai
Pacaltsdorp United vs Harlequins
Blanco vs Knysna
Kranshoek Cobra’s vs Albertinia
Pioneers vs Hartenbos
Mayflower vs Heidelberg
Western Hope vs Selbourne
Thembalethu vs Bongolethu
Ladismith vs Dysselsdorp
Union Stars ‘B’ vs Pirates ‘B’
Sussex ‘B’ vs Mossel Bay ‘B’
Ramblers ‘B’ vs Harlequins ‘B
George ‘B’ vs Pacaltsdorp United ‘B’
Union Stars ‘B’ vs Thembalethu ‘B’
SWD’S CRICKET FUTURE DETERMINED THIS WEEKEND
The SWD Cricket Board’s ambition to become a full affiliate member of Cricket South Africa is on the agenda when the CSA Annual General Meeting will be held in Johannesburg on Saturday. The CSA AGM was postponed twice in 2012 pending the implementation of the findings of the Nicolson Commission of Enquiry as ordered by the Ministry of Sport and Recreation and the South African Sport and Olympic Commission (SASCOC).
The election of a restructured Board of Directors which makes provision for independent and non-independent directors as well as a new president is also on the agenda.
According to SWDCB President, Rudy Claassen, a majority of more than 50% (fifty percent) of votes cast by those Affiliate Members present will be required for SWD to become CSA’s twelfth full affiliate. CSA resolved at the 2011 AGM that SWD be awarded conditional Affiliate Members status, with a proviso that a follow up visit by CSA Management be made during the 2012/13 financial year confirm SWD’s long term commitment to sustain cricket in the SWD area.
A delegation of CSA Management visited SWD during September 2012 to confirm SWD’s long term commitment to cricket. The CSA Board of Directors accepted the recommendation from the CSA Management report with reference to the conferral of affiliate membership status on SWD. This proposal will be tabled on Saturday for final approval.
Should this recommendation be approved on Saturday it will be regarded as one of the most significant achievements of a sporting federation in the Southern Cape.