Second innings fightback not enough for SWD cricketers

SWD traveled to Potchefstroom to meet North West in their Sunfoil Three Day Cup earlier in the week.

The match saw a First Class debut for Ottneil Baartman.

The SWD-team:  Ross McMillan, Waldo Lategan, Luthando Mnyanda, Sammy-Joe Avontuur, Christiaan Jonker, Brendon Louw, Pieter Stuurman, Siyabonga Booi, Lonwabo Rodolo, Otneill Baartman and Gurshwin Rabie.

North West won the toss and put SWD in to bat on Thursday morning.

Captain Ross McMillan was the first to go, lbw to Klein for a 20-ball duck.  Waldo Lategan [49], Luyando Mnyanda [25] and Christiaan Jonker [35] took the score to 85 before a middle order collapse saw the visitors lose 3 wickets without a run being scored.  Sammy-Joe Avontuur was out first ball and Pieter Stuurman only lasted three balls.  A quick-fire 55 off 44 balls by wicketkeeper Brendon Louw got the SWD innings back on track.  Unfortunately once Jonker [159/5] and Louw [177/7] were dismissed, North West were able to wrap up the SWD innings without another run being added to the score.

Gurshwin Rabie picked up two early wickets and Ottniel Baartman one, to have North West in trouble at 47/3 after 13.3 overs.  However, Pelser [67] and van den Bergh [141] put the home side on the front foot and allowed North West to post a competitive first innings total of 326 and a 149 run lead.  Rabie finished with figures of 3/90 and Lonwabo Rondolo, 4/70.

McMillan led from the front in the second innings, scoring a career best 204 off 304 balls.  Jonker joined Mc Millan with the score on 138/2 and the two put on a stand of 125 before Jonker was trapped lbw for 78.  Good support from Mnyanda, Stuurman and Louw allowed McMillan to declare at 478/6, setting North West a target of 330 for victory.

Although the SWD bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals, North West finished on 231/6, still 98 runs behind.  McMillan bagged 2/24 while Rodolo, Rabie, Siyabonga Booi and Jonker picked up one wicket apiece.

Match drawn.

A great career best double hundred by Ross McMillan - 204 from 304 balls (24x4 and 1x6) took SWD to 455/6 (106 overs) for a lead of 306.
A great career best double hundred by Ross McMillan – 204 from 304 balls (24×4 and 1×6) took SWD to 455/6 (106 overs) for a lead of 306.
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