South Western Districts, on Saturday, pulled-off a brilliant 147 runs victory against Western Province in the Cricket South Africa Provincial Three Day competition. This victory is without a doubt one of the best and most clinical performances by the Oudtshoorn based team.
SWD, who won the toss and elected to bat first, posted 220 (all out) after only three batsmen managed to score double figures – but all three scored half centuries – Jean du Plessis (63), Obus Pienaar (50) and Yamkela Oliphant (69*). In reply, the visitors responded with 229 (all out) thanks to a gutsy century by the experienced Qaasim Adams (108; 198 balls, 9×4) which gave them a lead of 9 runs. The wicket takers for SWD was Bradley de Villiers (3/52), Hershell America (4/43) and Tsepo Ndwandwa (3/58).
The turning point in the match however was SWD’s second innings with the highlight a brilliant maiden first class century by the 19 year old Jean du Plessis. It was an impressive inning by the SA U/19 hero who posted an unbeaten 116* from 181 balls (1×6, 12×4). He was involved in an unbeaten partnership of 118 runs for the 4th wicket with Brendon Louw who made 50 (not out). Kirwin Christoffels impressed with 71 and Obus Pienaar contributed a valuable 42.
Western Province, who were set a target of 320 (in 87 overs) were dismissed for 172 thanks to a clinical bowling and fielding performance by the SWD. André Malan (43) and Qaasim Adams (45) were the only batsmen who offered resistance. America (3/22), Ndwandwa (2/48) and Pienaar (2/25) were the main wicket takers but the economical bowling performance by Bradley de Villiers (1/17 in 14 overs) deserves recognition.
This victory brought and end to SWD longest span without a victory in a first class match – the previous one being over the weekend 17-19 November 2016 when SWD defeated KwaZulu Natal by 6 wickets in Oudtshoorn. Only four player of that team – Neil Hornbuckle, Brendon Louw, Marcello Piedt and Neil Hornbuckle played in that match.