A disappointing batting performance by the SWD-team in their vital one day clash against the North West Dragons at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Sunday was the main reason for their 4 wicket defeat against the defending champions.
SWD, who were put in to bat, posted a modest 187/9 in their allotted 50 overs. The captain, Obus Pienaar with an unbeaten 83 from 110 balls (3×6, 3×4) did not receive sufficient support from his fellow batters in a disappointing batting display. The home side (190/6) reached the target in the 48th over for a 4 wicket victory.
The defeat was a serious draw back for Pienaar and his men’s ambition to reach the finals. Although they are still the log leaders (24 points after 7 matches) Northerns are in 2nd place at 21 points but do have a game in hand. Besides the fact that SWD will need to won all their last three matches they will also hope that Northers are on the losing end at some stage.
SWD’s next round of matches will be from 7-10 February when they take on KwaZulu Natal at the REC Ground in Oudtshoorn.
The summarised score card is:
North West vs SWD
SWD 187/9 (50) (Obus Pienaar 83, Brandon Louw 26, Jean du Plessis 26, Louren Steenkamp 2/17, Brady Barends 2/23, Katleho Leokaoke 2/33, Johannes Diseko 2/45)
NORTH WEST 190/6 (47.2) (Jean Bredenkamp 55, Richardt Frenz 37, Lesego Senokwane 26, Louren Steenkamp 21, Ruan Haasbroek 21*, Marcello Piedt 2/27, Stephan Tait 2/46)
North West won by 4 wickets