Union Stars (187/7 in 39.4 overs) ended on top of the SWD Premier League after a 3 wicket victory against Ramblers (182 all out) at the Bridgton Sports Ground in Oudtshoorn on Saturday.
Although the home team won by a bonus point – for reaching the target within 40 overs – they had to work hard for a victory, and it was eventually the experience Pieter Stuurman (61) who secured a victory with a well-played half-century.
George (107/2) ended second on the log after they defeated Pioneers (106 all out) by 8 wickets and will have home ground advantage in the play-off fixture to determine the other finalist when they take on Knysna Cavaliers on Saturday. Gary Wagner (50* not out) with the bat and Grant Simpson (4/25) with the ball excelled for George.
Knysna Cavaliers (224 all out), who had their best performance in a decade, ended third on the log after they defeated Harlequins (121 all out) by 103 runs. Irvin Campher (70* with the bat) and (3/10 with the ball) was the hero for Cavaliers.
The summarised score cards are:
Union Stars vs Ramblers
RAMBLERS (182 all out) (Bradley Carolus 46, Allister Alexander 28, Fabian Campher 27, Matthew Thorne 22, Morneal Esau 3/31, Dillan Nuys 2/34)
UNION STARS (183/7 in 39.4 overs) (Pieter Stuurman 61, Leroi Bredenkamp 31, Reagan Booysen 30, Linford Crotz 3/20)
Union Stars won by 3 wickets
George vs Pioneers
PIONEERS (106 all out) (Keenan Vieira 37, Grant Simpson 4/25, Ayabonga Anthony 2/22, Jaco Fourie 2/31)
GEORGE (107/2 in 14 overs) (Gary Wagner 50*, Johandré Barnard 29, Franco Geldenhuys 24*, Keith Oraai 1/27, Travis Ackermann 1/37)
George won by 8 wickets
Knysna Cavaliers vs Harlequins Forces
KNYSNA CAVALIERS (224 all out) (Irvin Campher 70*, AB van der Walt 43, Todd Walker 29, Francois Bonthuys 22, Regan Engelbrecht 2/39, RhupinoPlaatjies 2/46)
HARLEQUINS FORCES (121 all out) (Tshepo Kekane 32, Jermaine le Kay 29, Irvin Campher 3/10, Todd Walker 2/17, AB van der Walt 2/26)
Knysna Cavaliers won by 103 runs