A victory against Western Province at the historic Newlands cricket ground will be on the bucket-list for many provincial cricket players.
That was exactly what the SWD team achieved on Sunday when they defeated Western Province by 6 wickets in a Cricket South Africa limited over clash. The victory was sweet revenge after SWD suffered a defeat by an innings and 31 runs in the three day match the proceed the 50-over fixture.
Western Province, who were put into bat, were with their backs against the wall at 113/6 but they managed to end with 223/8 mainly due to an unbeaten 41 by their number eleven batsmen, Justin Dill.
Two vital partnerships that involved the skipper, Jean du Plessis (88*; 103 balls, 2×6, 9×4) secured the victory for the visitors. Du Plessis and opening partner Neil Hornbuckle (35) were involved in an opening stand of 71 while Brendon Louw (42) and du Plessis added 73 for the second wicket. SWD reached the target (224/4) in the 42nd over for a well-deserved victory.
In the three day encounter Western Province, who batted first, posted 314/8 (declared) with Zac Elkin (162) and Qaasim Adams (52) the main destroyers. Renaldo Meyer (4/61) impressed with the ball for SWD. Justin Dill (6/25) was in devastating form with the ball as SWD was bowled-out for only 110 on their first innings. Their follow-on innings was also a disappointment when they were dismissed of 173. Only Richardt Frenz (66) succeed with the bat as they suffered an innings and 31 runs defeat.
The summarised score cards are:
Three Day Match
WESTERN PROVINCE 1st innings 314/8 (Zac Elkin 162, Qaasim Adams 52, Renaldo Meyer 4/61, Bradley de Villiers 2/51, Neil Hornbuckle 2/32)
SWD 1st innings 110 (Renaldo Meyer 32, Justin Dill 6/25) and follow-on innings 173 (Richardt Frenz 66, Ryan Klein 4/42, Mihlali Mpongwana 3/32)
WP won by an innings and 31 runs
Limited over Match
WESTERN PROVINCE 223/8 (André Malan 40, Bonga Mokaka 41, Justin Dill 41*, Neil Hornbuckle 2/35, Heath Richards 2/30)
SWD 224/4 (Neil Hornbuckle 35, Jean du Plessis 88*, Brendon Louw 42)
SWD won by 6 wickets