SUNFOIL CUP THREE DAY MATCH:
SWD vs BORDER
REC GROUND, OUDTSHOORN
PIENAAR AND KOTZE HEROES IN ANOTHER SWD DRAW
In spite of a brilliant unbeaten partnership of 257 runs for the 5th wicket between Obus Pienaar (112*; 243 balls, 1×6, 4×4) and Hanno Kotze (153*, 9×6, 8×4) the men from the Southern Cape failed to deliver the final knock-out blow as the Sunfoil Cup Three Day match against Border ended as a draw the past weekend.
SWD, who won the toss declared their first innings at 370/4 (in the 109th over). Pienaar and Kotze got together at 113/4 and in the process achieved the biggest partnership in SWD’s first class history and also broke the previous SWD 5th record partnership that was held by Glen Addicot and Waldo Lategan (144 vs EP in Oudtshoorn – 2012/13 season).
It was Pienaar’s third century for the season and Kotze eventually overcome his failure to convert half-centuries into centuries with a devastating knock with a career best maiden first class century.
In reply Border were dismissed for 158 in their first innings. Debutant, Herchell America (3/42 in 12 overs), Obus Pienaar (3/18 in 10.1 overs) and Bradley de Villiers (2/37 in 15 overs) were SWD’s bowling heroes.
With a deficit of 212 SWD enforced the follow-on and after 113 overs in the field and a gutsy batting performance by the visitors led by Marco Marais (100), Jerry Nqolo (53) and Jason Niemand (54*) SWD failed to wrap-up the match. With their total in the follow-on innings at 303/7 and a lead of 91 runs the captain shook hands at 5pm as the match ended in a draw.
Pool A, Sunfoil 3-Day Cup at Oudtshoorn, Feb 15-17 2018
South Western Districts, 370/4d
AJ Pienaar, not out – 112. HHJ Kotze, not out – 153. LLL Sesele, 70
Border, 158 & 303/7d (113 ov) (f/o)
1’st Innings: AJ Pienaar 3/18. HB America 3/42
Points: South Western Districts 15.4, Border 8.2
BONUS POINT VICTORY FOR CLINICAL SWD IN ONE-DAYER
SWD recorded an impressive 6 wicket victory against Border in the Cricket SA Limited over competition match on Sunday. The home team produced a clinical performance after they failed to record an outright victory on the Three Day match.
Border, who won the toss and elected to bat first, made a promising start with an opening partnership of 61 runs between Gionne Koopman (41) and Mkuhului Calana (51). A clinical bowling display with Bailey Aarons (2/22 in 5 overs), Tsepo Ndwandwa (3/37 in 10 overs) and Obus Pienaar (3/12 in 6 overs) as the heroes restricted Border to 148 (all out in 44.2 overs).
SWD lost both their openers cheaply and with the score at 9/2 the home side were under pressure but Jean du Plessis (43; 72 balls, 3×4), Letlolo Sesele (41 (48 balls; 1×6, 4×4) and Obus Pienaar (38 not out; 52 balls, 1×6, 1×4) steered SWD to reach the target 151/4) in the 38th over.
Pool A, CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge at Oudtshoorn, Feb 18 2018
Border: 148. Tsepo Ndwandwa 3/37
South Western Districts: 151/4 (37.1/50 ov, target 149)
J du Plessis, 43. LLL Sesele, 41
S West D won by 6 wickets (with 77 balls remaining)
Points: South Western Districts 5, Border 0