The SWD cricket team, on Sunday, got their campaign in the Cricket SA Limited over competition off to the best possible start with a four-wicket bonus point victory against KwaZulu Natal at Kingsmead in Durban.
The home team, who won the toss and opted to bat first, were restricted to a modest 125 (in 38.5 overs) thanks to a brilliant bowling and fielding display. Renaldo Meyer (2/28 in 8.5 overs), Neil Hornbuckle (2/17 in 7 overs) and Herschell America (2/26 in 11 overs) were the pick of the bowlers.
After losing two early wickets, the stand-in captain, Hornbuckle (29 from 38 balls, 2×6, 2×4) and Richard Frenz (50 from 92 balls; 6×4) (pictured above) add valuable contributions with the bat to get SWD over the line after 35 overs – 127/6.
The all-important bonus points will be vital as the competition progresses but a victory away from home will be a critical boost for the self-confidence of a young team.
The summarised score card is:
SWD vs KwaZulu Natal; Kingsmead, Durban
KWAZULU NATAL 125 all out (38.5 overs) – Blade Capell 30, Renaldo Meyer 2/28, Neil Hornbuckle 2/17, Herschell America (2/26)
SWD 127/6 (35 overs) – Richard Frenz 50, Neil Hornbuckle 29, Smangaliso Nhlebe 3/33, Yves Kumunzi 2/30
SWD won by 4 wickets