Western Hope won their first trophy after fifteen years on Saturday when they were crowned champions in the Sedgars SWD Promotion league. Western Hope, who will be promoted to the Premier League after five years, defeated Ramblers by 61 runs in the final and in the process finish the season unbeaten in the Promotion League.
After being put in to bat, Western Hope posted 244 (48.1 overs) thanks to a valuable partnership of 92 runs for the third wicket between Warren Malgas (35) and Hendrik Oktober (48). Ramblers made a promising start to their run thanks to a fine innings by Askin Louw (64; 100 balls; 3×6, 8×4). He was dismissed with Ramblers in a commanding position at 158/3 (33 overs) but a fine bowling spell by Shannon Opperman (5/25) led to a batting collapse as they were dismissed in the 45th over for 183 – 61 runs less than the champions.
The summarised score sheets are:
WESTERN HOPE 244 (Warren Malgas 35, Hendrik October 48, Steven Lourens 40, Shael Laminie 4/31, Marshall de Klerk 2/60) RAMBLERS 183 (Arthur Lottering 25, Askin Louw 94, Dominic van Niekerk 27, Shannon Opperman 5/25, Marco Jansen 2/22) Western Hope won by 61 runs.