The SWD senior cricket team had to wait for their last home fixture of the season before they managed to pull off their first victory in the Cricket South Africa Provincial Three Day competition. The Oudtshoorn based team recorded a comprehensive 10 wicket victory against the visitors from Border on Saturday.
Border, who batted first, were restricted to 168 in their first innings but not before Bamanye Xenxe (27*) and Matthew Fourie (29) added a partnership of 58 runs for the 10th wicket. Jason Niemand (51) was the top-scoring Border batsman. Tsepo Ndwandwa (4/62 in 28 overs), who for the second consecutive weekend bagged nine wickets in a match was SWD’s most successful bowler. He was well supported by Neil Hornbuckle (3/39 in 16 overs).
A brilliant opening stand of 196 by Jean du Plessis (162 not out – from 356 balls, 19×4) and Kirwin Christoffels (9×4) laid the foundation for SWD to declare their first innings at 320/3 at stumps on day 2. Du Plessis batted for 8 hours and 38 minutes to record his highest first-class score to date as SWD built a healthy lead of 152 runs.
The spin twins of Ndwandwa (5/39 in 25.1 overs) and Hornbuckle (4/62 in 16 overs) enable SWD to dismiss Border for 189 in their second innings. SWD (39/0) only needed 9 overs to reach the target with all 10 wickets in hand.
SWD’s next round of matches will be from 5-8 March when they take on North Cape at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley.
The summarised score cards are:
Three Day match
BORDER 1st innings (168 all out) (Jason Niemand 51, Matthew Fourie 29, Bamanye Xenxe 27, Tsepo Ndwandwa 4/62, Neil Hornbuckle 3/39) and 2nd innings 189 (Jason Niemand 25, Mncedisi Malika 37, Jonathan Craniey 26, Tsepon Ndwandwa 5/39, Neil Hornbuckle 4/62)
SWD 1st Innings (320/3 declared) (Jean Du Plessis 162*, Kirwin Christoffels 89, Richardt Frenz 32, Matthew Fourie 2/49) and 2nd innings 38/0 (Kirwin Christoffels 24*)
SWD won by 10 wickets
Caption: The SWD team who defeated Border by 10 wickets in the three day match are:
Back Row: Bradley de Villiers, Ndumiso Mvelase, Simon Swigelaar (Honorary Life President), Brendon Louw, Baakier Abrahams (Head Coach), Franklin Stuurman and Jean du Plessis.
Middle Row: Daniel Seha (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Aknona Mnyaka, Yamkela Oliphant, Jhedli van Briesies, Richardt Frenz, Renaldo Meyer and Herschell America.
Front Row: Tsepo Ndwandwa, Neil Hornbuckle and Kirwin Christoffels (captain)