Mixed results for SWD vs Border in East London

SWD’s struggling form in the Sunfoil Cup Three Day competition continued this weekend as they went down by 7 wickets to Border at Buffalo Park in East London.

Marcello Piedt

It was again SWD’s batting – especially in the first innings – that led them down as they were bowled out for only 111 in their first innings and failing to collect any batting bonus points.  Border replied with 250 for a lead of 139 runs.

In their second innings, things went a litter better as they posted 224 thanks to good contributions by Neil Hornbuckle (69) and Andrea Agathagelou (49).  Border (86/3) easily chased down the winning target for a 7-wicket victory.

SWD will enter their last match in the Sunfoil Cup Three Day competition in the last position in Pool A (55.46 points after nine matches) but they can avoid the wooden spoon with a better performance when they take on the North-West Dragons at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom (23-25 March).  They are 5.98 points behind KwaZulu-Natal who completed their fixtures for the season.

Four SWD players are however producing outstanding individual performances in a struggling season.  Andrea Agathagelou (710 runs at an average of 78.88 with four centuries) is 4th on the batting averages and he also scored the 4th most runs in the competition.  The wicket-keeper batsman, Brendon Louw, with 33 dismissals is the top wicket-keeper in the series but he also scored the 5th most runs (699 runs with an average of 41.11).  Glenton Stuurman (33 wickets at 22.23) bagged the third most wickets and Otneill Baartman (27 wickets at 20.62) the fifth most wickets.

The summarised scorecard is:

SWD 1ST INNINGS 111 (41.3) (Andrea Agathangelou 25, Phapahma Fojela 5/31, S Ntuntwana 2/17)BORDER 1

BORDER 1ST INNINGS 250 (72.1) (S Seyibokwe 53, CG Bosch 47, Phapahma Fojela 34, Marco Marais 31, Nkukuleku Serame 3/39, Gurshwin Rabie 2/33, Marcello Piedt 2/62, Glenton Stuurman 2/67) SWD 2

SWD 2ND INNINGS  224 (56) (Neil Hornbuckle 69, Andrea Agathangelou 49, Glenton Stuurman 25, Brendon Louw 22, Phaphama Fojela 3/39, Darryll Brown 2/26, CG Bosch 2/43, T Mnyaka 2/52)

BORDER 2ND INNINGS 86/3 (21.1) (Marco Marais 29, G Koopman 24*, Glenton Stuurman 2/24)

Border won by 7 wickets

The South-Western Districts Cricket team on Sunday bounced back with a clinical performance to record a comprehensive 8 wicket victory in the Cricket South Africa Limited over match against Border at Buffalo Park in East London.

The home side which was put in to bat was restricted to 179 (39.4 overs) thanks to an impressive SWD bowling performance led by Marcello Piedt (4/30 in 9.4 overs) and Siyabonga Booi (3/22 in 5 overs).  Neil Horbuckle (28) and Glenton Stuurman (52; 59 balls, 1×6, 9×4) got SWD off to a great start with an opening stand of 68 (in 9/5 overs).  An unbroken partnership of 96 for the third wicket between Andrea Agathagelou (65*; 51 balls, 1×6, 9×4) and Brendon Louw (28*; 76 balls, 2×4) took SWD over the line in the 34th over for SWD’s second consecutive 8 wicket victory.  SWD also defeated Namibia by 8 wickets in their previous limited over match.

The summarised score card is: 

Border vs SWD

BORDER 179 (39.4) (Marco Marais 53, Darryl Brown 43, K Sekhukhune 23, Marcello Piedt 4/30, Siyabonga Booi 3/22)

SWD 180/2 (33.1) (Glenton Stuurman 52, Andrea Agathangelou 65*, Brendon Louw 28*, Darryll Brown 2/21)

SWD won by 8 wickets

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