MIXED FORTUNES FOR SWD IN KIMBERLEY
The SWD cricket team completed the 2012/13 season with mixed fortunes against Griqualand West in Kimberley the past weekend. They lost badly in the three day match but recorded a splendid victory in the Twenty20 match.
SWD finished fourth on the Three Day log after they were also strong title contenders last season finishing in the third place. Gauteng were the eventual champions after they recorded a victory against Boland in Paarl the past weekend. Ironically SWD was the only team that beat the eventual champions during the past three seasons of the competition.
SWD pace-bowler, Marcello Piedt, had a brilliant season breaking a new South African record for the most wickets in first class cricket on a debut season. He bagged 59 wickets (at an average of 16.93) – the most in domestic first class cricket in South Africa the past season. Ross McMillan (848 runs – average of 40.38) and Glen Addicot (816 runs – average of 40.84).
In the three day match the home side was victorious by 192 runs after they scored 213 in their first innings with Gurshwin Rabie (5/53) the pick of the bowlers. SWD had a disappointing batting performance and were dismissed for only 108. In their second innings Griquas posted 241/6 with Piedt picking-up 3/61. SWD, chasing a target of 349, were dismissed for only 154 with McMillan (70) the only batsman that offered resistance.
SWD won the T20 match by 8 wickets. The summarized score sheet is:
GRIQUALAND WEST 146/8 (Griffon.Nieuwoudt 54, Niel Bredenkamp 22, Marcello Piedt 2/16, Ross McMillan 2/21)
SWD 150/2 (Luthando Mnyanda 41*, Glen Addicott 31*, Brendon Louw 31, Ross McMillan 31)
SWD won by 8 wickets
SUSSEX SWD TWENTY 20 CHAMPIONS
Sussex on Sunday won their first trophy since the 1999/2000 season when they won the SWD Twenty20 competition beating Union Stars in a nail biting final at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn.
In the quarter finals Mossel Bay was surprisingly eliminated by Blanco whilst Sussex was victorious by 3 wickets in the semi-final when Emil Esau hit the winning runs from the last ball of the match.
In the final Sussex posted a modest total of 112/7 against some brilliant bowling and fielding from Union Stars. In their run chase Union Stars were cruising at 72/2 after 12 overs but Sussex, backed by an inspirational bowling and fielding performance, put the pressure on the batting side and eventually dismissed Union Stars in the last over for a 4 run victory. Godwin Plaatjies (4/15 in 4 overs) was outstanding with the ball.
The summarized score sheets are:
Sussex vs Ramblers
SUSSEX 152/7; RAMBLERS 125
Sussex won by 27 runs
George vs Harlequins
GEORGE 130/6; HARLEQUINS 108/9
George won by 22 runs
Mossel Bay vs Blanco
MOSSEL BAY 132/5; BLANCO 138/8
Blanco won by 2 wickets
Union Stars vs NMMU
NMMU 81/9; UNION STARS 82/3
Union Stars won by 7 wickets
Sussex vs George
GEORGE 130; SUSSEX 131/7
Sussex won by 3 wickets
Union Stars vs Blanco
UNION STARS 199/6; BLANCO 93
Union Stars won by 103 runs
Sussex vs Union Stars
SUSSEX 112/7 (Erin Ewerts 32*, Sammy Joe Avontuur 18, Justin Jordaan 3/18, Tiaan Piedt 2/18)
UNION STARS 108 (Jean Heunis 30, Merlin Masimela 24, Reagan Booysen 17, Godwin Plaatjies 4/15, Sammy Joe Avontuur 2/11, Reavan Plaatjies 2/18)
Sussex won by 4 runs
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