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.
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  and Nono Pongolo  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 , Hanno Kotze  and Luthando Mnyanda  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  registered his second first-class century and Marrow  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  and Mnyanda  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