SWD outclassed by loaded Free State side

Gurshwin Rabie. Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images)
Gurshwin Rabie. Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images)

Editor’s Note:  Well done to Gurshwin Rabie for reaching an important milestone, but this league should not be for franchise cricketers.


Rain had the final say as the Sunfoil Cup Three Day match between SWD and Free State was abandoned before tea on the final day due to rain.

Free State, who batted first posted 2014 (103 overs) as they were dismissed just before stumps on the first day.  Leus du Plooy made 53* and Shadley van Schalkwyk 45.  For SWD four bowlers picked up two wickets each – Gurshwin Rabie (2/46), Nelson Setimani (2/40), Neil Hornbuckle (2/30) and Erin Ewerts (2/1).

SWD demonstrated a disappointing  performance with the bat as they were dismissed for 116 with only Waldo Lategan (60; 170 balls, 8×4) that made an impact with the bat.  Quinton Friend (3/39), Gino Vries (2/23) and Pat Botha (3/2) was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors who enjoyed at handy lead of 88 runs.

Free State, who started their second innings on the morning of day three posted 153/8 before they made the declaration when Shadley van Schalkwyk reached his half century (50*).  Rabie (5/44) was SWD’s most successful bowler.

SWD, who was set a target of 243 was at 9/0 (after 4 overs) when the rain came down and the captains decided to shake hands for a draw.

SWD’s main strike bowler, Gurshwin Rabie reached a personal milestone on the last day of the Sunfoil Cup Three Day match between SWD and Free State that was played at the REC Ground in Oudtshoorn.

The 32-year old Rabie, bagged his 300th first-class wicket in the appropriate fashion when he – for the 19th time in his career – bagged five wickets in an innings with figures of 5/44.  Rabie who played in his 81st first-class match made his first-class debut for Western Province in 2008/09 and although he played the majority of his cricket for his beloved SWD, he also played franchise cricket for the Warriors and Cape Cobras.

At two occasions he bagged more than 10 wickets in a match with a best match analysis of 12/76 (vs North West at Oudtshoorn in the 2011/12 season).

The SWD cricket team suffered a humiliating defeat against Free State in the Cricket South Africa Twenty20 Challenge match that was played at the REC Ground on Sunday.

SWD, who were put into bat, struggled against the Free State bowling attack and only managed to post 76/2 in their allotted 20 overs – a record lowest total for SWD in this format.  Waldo Lategan (35 from 63 balls) was the only batsman to make an impression while Quinton Friend – 2/7 in four overs – was the visitor’s most destructive bowler.

Free State only needed 8.1 overs (73/0) to clinch the match with a ten-wicket bonus point victory.  Leus du Plooy (52* from 24 balls) was in top form with the bat as Free State won two out two matches.

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