It was a tough weekend for SWD when Pool B of the Africa T20 Cup was hosted in Oudtshoorn. The Oudtshoorn based team lost all four their matches as Gauteng ended up as pool winners.
The Gauteng Strikers, together with the other pool winners – Border, North West and Easterns – will now advance to the knock-out stages of the event which will be hosted in East London on Sunday and Monday.
In their first encounter against Gauteng that was played at the Bridgton Sports Grounds the visitors posted 170/3 in their allotted 20 overs to which SWD replied with 130 all out (19.5 overs). Obus Pienaar (27 from 21 balls) and Jean du Plessis (38 from 31 balls) were the only batsman who showed their skills as SWD were comprehensively beaten by 40 runs.
On Saturday Free State scored 174/8 and thereafter restricted SWD to 150 (all out) to record a 24 runs victory. Neil Hornbuckle (28 from 21 balls) and Aviwe Mgijima (29 from 24 balls) were SWD’s top performers with the bat.
In their third match against Northerns only Obus Pienaar (31 from 29 balls) contributed with the bat as SWD was restricted to 120/9. Northerns recorded a bonus point victory after they reached the winning target (121/1) in the 16th over for a nine wicket victory.
On Sunday SWD posted a competitive 148/5 against Zimbabwe Select thanks to Zubayr Hamza’s fine knock of 75 (from 59 balls; 1×6, 8×4)). In spite of losing three early wickets (with their score at 7/3) Zimbabwe were in deep trouble but a fourth wicket partnership of 124 between Tarisai Musakanda (56 from 44 balls) and Ryan Murray (77 from 59 balls) helped Zimbabwe to reached the target 150/5) with three balls to spare.
Caption: The SWD team that played in the Africa T20 Cup tournament the past weekend were:
Back Row: Aviwe Mgijima, Bradley de Villiers, Jean du Plessis, Tladi Bokako, Tsepo Ndwandwa, Jaco Janse van Rensburg and Yamkela Oliphant
Front Row: Jason Smith, Marcello Piedt, Gurshwin Rabie (Assistant Coach), Obus Pienaar (Captain), Baakier Abrahams (Head Coach), Zubayr Hamza, Daniel Seha (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Neil Hornbuckle and Brendon Louw