Although the SWD cricket team had the upper hand for the most part of their Cricket South Africa Provincial three-day match against the Central Gauteng Lions this weekend they failed to deliver the knock-out punch to record an outright victory.
SWD, who batted first, amassed an impressive 406 in their first innings thanks to a career-best innings by wicket/keeper-batsman, Brendon Louw – 167 from 239 balls, 24×4. He received good support from Kirwin Christoffels (56). The SWD bowling attack fired on all cylinders and dismissed Gauteng for only 183 runs in their first innings for a lead of 222. SWD did not enforce the follow-on and posted 184 all out in their second innings leaving the visitors from Johannesburg the task to score 406 for a victory.
At stumps on the final day, Gauteng were at 185/2 in their second innings as the match ended in a draw. For their efforts, SWD won the battle for the most bonus points in the match -14.9 against 10.66.
The summarised scorecard is:
SWD vs Central Gauteng Lions
SWD (1st innings 405 all out) (Brendon Louw 167, Kirwin Christoffels 56, Bailey Aarons 46, Tyrese Carelse 38, Renaldo Meyer 25, Godi Yusuf 4/78, Ari Karvelas 3/105, Ayovuya Miyoli 2/85)
CENTRAL GAUTENG LIONS (1st innings183 all out) (Dominic Hendricks 63, Cody Yusuf 28, Mitchell van Buuren 26, Shaylen Pillay 24, Renaldo Meyer 4/55, Bradley de Villiers 3/40)
SWD (2nd innings 184 all out) (Neil Hornbuckle 71, Kirwin Christoffels 22, Tumelo Thlokwe 4/47, Ayovuya Miyoli 3/39, Cody Yusuf 2/41)
CENTRAL GAUTENG LIONS (2nd innings185/2 in 58 overs) (Dominic Hendricks 79*, Dithole Tshepang 46, Josh Richards 41, Ndumiso Mvelasi 2/20, Bailey Aarons 1/20)