SWD travelled to Benoni over the weekend to face Easterns in a Sunfoil 3-Day Cup and a CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge that produced two thrilling results.
Sunfoil 3-Day Cup, Cross Pool: Easterns v South Western Districts at Benoni, Oct 27-29, 2016
In less than a week after joining South Western Districts the former SA U/19-, Leceister-and Lanchashire batting hero, Andrea Agathagelou, become the first SWD player to score a hundred in each innnings before SWD went down to a defeat by 1 wicket in the Cricket South Africa Sunfoil Cup Three Day match against Easterns in Benoni.
Easterns, who batted first, posted 378 (all out) thanks to fine contributions from Ernst Kemm (84) and Wesley Coulentianos (119). Glenton Stuurman (3/121), Otneill Baartman (2/54) and Mthobeli Bandingawo (3/36) were the SWD successful bowlers.
In their first innings, SWD were dismissed for 209 of which Agathagelou (109; 128 balls, 17×4) made the only signifcant contribution. With his century, he become only the second player to score a century on SWD debut – the previous achievement came from Jonathan Beukes (SWD vs Border in East London; 2007/08). With a deficit of 169 runs SWD was requested to follow-on.
In their follow-on innings a record braking partnership of 240 for the 4th wicket between Agathagelou (199 – not out; 264 balls; 2×6, 25×4) and Brendon Louw (95; 189 balls, 3×6, 12×4) set up new SWD 4th wicket partnership record. This partership is not only a new SWD 4th wicket record (previously held by Christiaan Jonker and Glen Addicot; SWD vs North West in Potchefstroom; 21012/13) but they also surpassed the biggest partnership in SWD’s first class history. This record was held between Jonathan Beukes and Sammy-Joe Avontuur (202 for the first wicket; SWD vs KZN Inland in Pietermaritzburg; 2007/08). SWD declared their second innings at 405/5 at tea on the final day setting Easterns to score 237/9 (from only 32 overs).
In a dramatic final session Easterns, who lost five batsmen through run-out, reached the target 237/9 after batting at 8.3 runs per over to seal a memorable victory
Toss – Easterns who decide to bat.
Easterns 378 all out
SWD 209 all out
SWD [Follow on] 405/5
Agathagelou 199. Louw 95
Easterns won by 1 wicket.
CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge, Cross Pool: Easterns v South Western Districts at Benoni, Oct 30, 2016
Andrea Agathagelou (90; 82 balls, 2×6, 9×4) continued his great form with the bat as he secures SWD a 3 wicket victory in the CSA Provincial One Day Challenge against Easterns at Willowmoore Park in Benoni. Agathagelou posted two hundreds (117 and 199*) in the three day match that precedes the one day clash.
SWD, who won the toss and elected to bowl restricted Easterns to 232/8 in their allotted 50 overs. Siswe Masonda 70 (88 balls; 1×6, 7×4) was the home side’s top performer with the bat and played a rescue innings after Easterns were under pressure at 83/5. Easterns took their score from 160/5 to 232/8 from overs 40 to 50 – a total of 72 runs in the last ten overs.
SWD’s bowling figures were:
Neil Hornbuckle 0/22 (4 overs), Otneill Baartman 1/38 (9 overs) Gurshwin Rabie 2/31 (9 overs), Glenton Stuurman 2/50 (9 overs), Justin Jordaan 1/15 (5 overs), Siyabonga Booi 2/37 (10 overs) and Mafinke Serami 0/24 (4 overs).
Agathagelou and Hanno Kotze (46) posted an opening stand of 105 runs (115 balls) that eventually was crucial in the context of the match. Siyabonga Booi, who batted at number four, played and anchor role and scored 28 from 68 balls as he kept the innings together as the visitors scored the winning runs (236/7 after 49.4 overs) with two balls to spare to record their first victory of the season.
Coach, Andy Moles, was a relieved man afterwards. “We kept improving and will take a lot of confidence from this victory”, he said. SWD will travel to Pietermarizburg this week where they will take on KwaZulu Natal Inland next weekend.
The SWD batting card is:
Andrea Agathagelou 90, Hanno Kotze 46, Neil Hornbuckle 10, Siyabonga Booi 28, Brendon Louw 6, Jongile Kilani 17, Glenton Stuurman 10, Mafinke Serami 13* and Gurshwin Rabie 9*. Justin Jordaan and Otneill Baartman did not bat.
Toss – SWD who put Easterns in to bat.
Easterns 232/8 (50 ov)
Rabie, Stuurman & Booi 2 wickets each.
South Western Districts 236/7 (49.4 ov)
Agathagelou 90. Kotze 46
South Western Districts won by 3 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)