The SWD cricket team continue to march forward when they defeated the highly rated visitors from Pretoria and fellow log leaders in Pool B – Northerns – by 28 runs in a Cricket SA Provincial One Day competition match that was played at the REC Ground in Oudtshoorn on Sunday. Before the match both teams were unbeaten after three matches.
SWD, who were put in to bat, posted 271/7 thanks to a third wicket partnership of 163 runs between Jean du Plessis – who was ran out on 99 (112 balls; 3×6 and 5×4) and Obus Pienaar (63; 64 balls, 1×6, 6×4). They set a new SWD record for a 3rd wicket partnership in one day cricket – the previous one of 145 was held by Andrea Agathagelou and Neil Horbuckle – vs Namibia (2016/17).
Northerns responded with 243 all out and although the ground fielding of the home team was inconsistent two critical run outs secured a SWD victory. Dangermen Andrea Agathagelou (by Jean du Plessis) and Leus du Plooy who added 53 (by Marcello Piedt) who were both threatening batsmen and their ran-outs secured a SWD victory to take them to the top of the points table in Pool B. For SWD Marcello Piedt (2/38), Hershell America (2/41) and Tsepo Ndwandwa were the pick of the bowlers.
SWD’s next assignment will be against Northern Cape at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn this coming weekend. The three-day match will be played from Thursday to Saturday (29 November – 1 December ) and the one day match on Sunday (2 December)
Summarised score card:
SWD 271/7 (Neil Hornbuckle 42, Jean du Plessis 99, Obus Pienaar 63, Luvuyo Nkeses 4/45) Northerns 243 (Rubin Herman 57, Leus du Plooy 53, Marcello Piedt 2/38, Hershell America 2/41, Tsepo Ndwandwa 3/62) SWD won by 28 runs
CAPTION: SWD Log Leaders in the CSA Provincial One Day competition:
Back Row: Baakier Abrahams (Head Coach), Hershell America, Jean du Plessis, Stefan Tait, Brendon Louw, Marcello Piedt, Mthobeli Bangindawo, Letlotle Sesele, Neil Hornbuckle and Daniel Seha (Fitness Trainer)
Front Row: Obus Pienaar (captain), Tsepo Ndwanadwa, Marco de Kock, Kirwin Christoffels and Yamkela Oliphant