Neil Hornbuckle who scored his maiden List A (One Day) century was the hero when South Western Districts thumped the log leaders in Pool A of the Cricket South Africa Limited overs competition with an 8 wicket victory at the Recreation Ground on Sunday (7 January).
Hornbuckle scored an unbeaten 153* from 152 balls (1×6, 15×4) as he in the process also better the previous record that was held by Jonathan Beukes (120* vs KwaZulu Natal at Kingsmead in Durban in the 2007/08 season) for the highest individual limited over score for SWD.
North West, who won the toss and batted first amassed 257/6 in their allotted 50 overs thanks to valuable batting contributions by Richard Frenz (91; 124 balls, 3×4) and André Malan (100*; 90 balls, 1×6, 8×4). Glenton Stuurman (2/34 in 10 overs) and Obus Pienaar (2/34 in 7 overs) both picked up two wickets for the home side.
Hornbuckle and Hanno Kotze (60; 61 balls; 3×6, 5×4) laid the foundation for an SWD victory with an opening stand of 138 – bettering the previous record that was held by Nigel Brouwers and Sammy Joe Avontuur (109 vs Kei in the 2006/07 season). Letlotle Sesele who made 35 provided the much needed support for an 111 runs partnership for the 2nd wicket with Hornbuckle. SWD comfortable reached the target after 45.2 overs to record an impressive 8 wicket victory.
It was the Dragons first defeat of the season after they recorded five consecutive victories in as many matches in the competition.
Although the three day match and one day match were different matches and will be recorded accordingly Hornbuckle spent 263 consecutive overs on the field. He fielded for 168 overs in the first innings for North West in the three day match, fielded for 50 overs in the North West innings of the limited overs match and batted for 45.2 overs in the SWD innings.
Pool A, Sunfoil 3-Day Cup at Oudtshoorn, Jan 4-6 2018
Toss: South Western Districts, elected to bat first
South Western Districts: 385/7d
LLL Sesele 93. AJ Pienaar 119.
North West: 569/6 (168 ov)
AJ Pienaar 4/146
Points: North West 12.4, South Western Districts 12.12