Boshoff hits ton as Durbanville win Club Championships - Days four and Five reports
A century by Byron Boshoff helped Durbanville Cricket Club (DCC) seal victory at the Momentum National Club Championships when they beat Clares Cricket Club on the fifth and final day in Pretoria on Wednesday.
The right-hander ended unbeaten on 118 off 127 balls (11 fours, 1 six) as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras representatives won by seven wickets – concluding a perfect week where they won all five of their fixtures.
There was also a massive two-wicket upset win for Madibaz Cricket Club over Assupol Tuks, while Kovsies Cricket Club ended their trip to Gauteng well by thumping Impala Cricket Club by nine wickets in the day’s other game.
But all the focus on day five was on the Cape side, DCC at TUT Oval. They won the toss and asked Clares to bat first, with the Durbanites responding by posting a competitive 220/7.
Khalipha Cele (53 off 86 balls, 3 fours) and Bradley Porteous (61 off 70 balls, 4 fours) led the way for the KwaZulu-Natal side as both struck half-centuries. Jaco Castle (2/18) and Tashwin Lukas (2/27) grabbed two wickets apiece.
In reply, DCC lost Kudakwashe Samunderu (5) early, but a 140-run, second-wicket stand between Boshoff and Pieter Malan, who hit 68 off 89 balls (8 fours) gave the Capetonians control and they eventually finished the job with 4.4 overs to spare.
Victory was their fifth out of five and took them to 23 points on the table, eight more than Tuks and 11 clear of Clares after they ended third.
The former ended their competition with a loss to Madibaz at their home ground, Tuks Oval where the men from the Eastern Cape pegged them back to 141 all out in 49.1 overs after winning the toss and bowling.
Several players excelled with the ball – Henco Vorstman (2/22), Sean Callaghan (2/28), Justin Banks (2/26) and Kenan Smith (2/39) – all grabbing two wickets apiece in their 10 over spells.
Christopher Britz, the last man out, was the only batsman to really trouble the opposition with a top score of 42.
Madibaz then made heavy weather of the chase by losing wickets regularly. They were 14/2 early on, 63/5 a little later and then 104/7 with two wickets each from Nico van Zyl (2/28) and Dian Forrester (2/22) doing the damage.
However, they had Joshua van Heerden (35) to thank for holding on to his wicket through the carnage, and then Smith (27 not out) showed good fight later on to take them over the line with 37 deliveries remaining.
Finally, Wizard Ncedane led a fine bowling display that ultimately proved key for Kovsies in their nine-wicket triumph over Impala. The medium-pacer claimed three for 49 to help his side dismiss their opponents for 143.
He was well-supported by Siphamandla Mavanda (2/8), Christo van Staden (2/9) and AJ van Wyk (2/33) – the Johannesburg side bowled out in 33 overs.
Breezy half-centuries from Wihan Victor (53 off 52 balls, 8 fours) and Stephan van Vollenhoven (54 off 40 balls, 7 fours, 1 six) then powered the VKB Knights representatives to victory with more than 30 overs to spare.
The Momentum National Club Championships was put together by Cricket South Africa (CSA) and encompassed the six outright winners of the Franchise regional play-offs, all playing against each other in a 50-over format.
Batsman of the Tournament: Pieter Malan
Bowler of the Tournament: Tashwin Lukus
Player of the Tournament: Andre Malan
Andre Malan ton maintains Durbanville lead at Club Champs - Day Four
Andre Malan’s entertaining century ensured that Durbanville Cricket Club made it four wins from four on the fourth day of the Momentum National Club Championships in Pretoria on Tuesday.
The all-rounder smashed 101 off 78 balls (9 fours, 1 six) as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras representatives comprehensively beat Kovsies Cricket Club by 84 runs at the Mandela Oval.
There was also an important win for Assupol Tuks over Clares Cricket Club as the local side regained their second position on the table with a solid win, while Madibaz Cricket Club overcame Impala Cricket Club for their maiden win of the week.
Malan though, was the toast after his sizzling innings helped DCC maintain their 100 percent record in the competition. Asked to bat first after losing the toss, the Cape side posted 245/7 thanks to their top-scorer, with Jaco Castle striking 43.
Wizard Ncedane (3/35) and Christo van Staden (3/43) bagged three wickets apiece.
Their opponents made a good early run of the chase after a half-century from opener Wihan Victor (55 off 71 balls, 4 fours) got them to 126/3 at one stage. But they lost their way from there, losing their next seven wickets for only 35 to be all out for 161 in 42.5 overs.
Tashwin Lukas, Durbanville’s star from the previous day, was again the pick of the bowlers with 3/21. He was well supported by Kudakwashe Samunderu’s 3/41.
At the TUT Oval meanwhile, Francois van Heerden struck a run-a-ball 84 (86 balls, 9 fours) to guide Tuks to a five-wicket win over Clares. The hosts won the toss, put the visitors in to bat first and had them on the ropes for most of the innings as they restricted them to 193/6.
The Durbanites were in huge strife early in their innings after slumping to 113/6, before unbeaten 40s by Yergesh Naidoo (40) and Abdul Hack Razak (44) lifted them to a competitive total.
Clares needed early wickets to stand a chance, but that never happened and Van Heerden’s measured innings guided Tuks to a comfortable win.
Justin Banks claimed four wickets to help Madibaz overcome Impala by 62 runs at the Tuks Oval. Batting first after losing the toss, the side from the Eastern Cape amassed 263/6.
There was no stand-out batsman, but contributions all round, including not out 40s by Morne Venter (47) and Sean Callaghan (40).
In reply, the bizhub Highveld Lions representatives fell for 201 in 46.3 overs – Banks finishing with 4/52, while Venter completed a good-all-round showing with 2/35.
Opener Dwaine Fielding top-scored for winless Impala with 47.
The final day of the competition takes place on Wednesday.
The event, which is put together by Cricket South Africa (CSA), encompasses the six outright winners of the Franchise regional play-offs, all playing against each other in a 50-over format.
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