SWD register emphatic win over Gauteng

CRICKET – South Western Districts took on a strong Gauteng side in a Sunfoil 3-Day Cup Cross Pool encounter at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn.

A brilliant second first class century by Brendon Louw (101* - 171 balls, 11x4) pushed SWD past the Gauteng Strikers first innings score of 212. SWD after 88 overs at 235/7. Louw and Chris Marrow (35) also shared a partnership of 99 runs for the 5th wickets
A brilliant second first-class century by Brendon Louw (101* – 171 balls, 11×4) pushed SWD past the Gauteng Strikers first innings score of 211.

SWD captain, Sammy-Joe Avontuur, won the toss on Thursday morning and put the visitors in to bat.

Openers Yassar Cook and former SA /19 player Yaseen Vali, put on an opening stand of 63 before Cook was run out for 33.  This sparked a batting collapse as Gauteng were reduced to 77/6.

Wicketkeeper, Sizwe Masondo [87] and Nono Pongolo [37] added 116 for the 7’th wicket before SWD wrapped up the tail.  Gauteng were dismissed for 211.

Glenton Stuurman and Gurshwin Rabie both bagged 3 wickets and Marcello Piedt, 2.

Neil Hornbuckle [42], Hanno Kotze [17] and Luthando Mnyanda [22] got the home side’s reply off to a solid start.

SWD were 32/1 at stumps on Day 1.

However, when Avontuur was dismissed for a duck, SWD found themselves in a tricky situation at 83/4.

Brendon Louw and Chris Marrow steadied the ship with a partnership of 99 for the 5’th wicket, but after their dismissal SWD collapsed to 252 all out.

Louw [103] registered his second first-class century and Marrow [35] provided valuable support.  The two enabled SWD to post a handy first inning lead of 41.

Cook and Valli saw Gauteng through to the close of play on Day 2 on 30/0.

On Saturday the SWD seam attack of Rabie [3/27], Stuurman [2/30], Siyabonga Booi [2/35] and Piedt [3/49] bundled the visitors out for 146, leaving the home side requiring only 106 for victory.

Although Hornbuckle [18] and Mnyanda [2] went cheaply, Hanno Kotze’s blistering 65 off 66 balls sealed an emphatic 8-wicket win for the home side.  Avontuur finished unbeaten on 15.

Points – South Western Districts 17.04, Gauteng 6.22

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