Clares, Tuks and Durbanville all win on day two of Club Champs
Assupol Tuks and Durbanville Cricket Club (DCC) made it two wins from two on the second day of the Momentum National Club Championships with Clares Cricket Club also landing their first victory in Pretoria on Sunday.
Dian Forrester starred with bat and ball for home favourites Tuks, who beat Impala Cricket Club by six wickets, while the Malan brothers, Pieter and Andre, as well as Jean Marais shone for DCC in their big 55-run win over Madibaz Cricket Club.
Vyash Gobind, alongside Abdul Hack Razak, Bradley Porteous and Jason Wagener were the key performers for Hollywoodbets Dolphins representatives, Clares in their handsome nine-wicket, bonus-point triumph over Kovsies Cricket Club.
The Durbanites were quickest to wrap up their win on the second day, quickly making on from the disappointment of their opening clash against Madibaz being abandoned without a ball being bowled. They were clinical at the TUT Oval, and after winning the toss and bowling first, they shot out their opponents who fall under the VKB Knights umbrella for just 44.2 overs.
Razak claimed 4/20 in an impeccable 10 overs, one of which was a maiden, with Gobind nabbing 3/36. Sachintha Galenhage top-scored for Kovsies with 44.
Half-centuries by Porteous (51 off 51 balls, 8 fours) and Wagener (63 not out off 75 balls, 8 fours, 1 six) then led the reply – the openers putting on 86 for the first wicket – as Clares cruised to victory with 24.2 overs to spare.
At the Irene Country Club, meanwhile, Forrester was the pick of the batsmen and bowlers as Tuks’ 146/4 was too good for Impala’s 142/9 in a match reduced to 42 overs per side.
The Johannesburg side batted first and failed to put on too many runs after good bowling by the locals.
Forrester claimed 3/35 and Donovan Ferriera also impressed with 2/15 in nine over. Willie Mostert was the top-scorer for ICC with 48.
Forrester then stuck an unbeaten 36, and with solid support from Jandre Pretorius (30), took Tuks to their target with 9.4 overs remaining.
Finally, Andre Malan (61 off 73 balls, 3 fours, 1 six) and Marais (59 off 57 balls, 3 fours) hit half centuries to help Durbanville amass 260/6 in their game versus Madibaz at Tuks Oval.
Byron Boshoff (49) and Pieter Malan were also amongst the runs for the World Sports Betting Cap Cobras representatives.
Leon le Roux (2/37), Kudakwashe Samunderu (2/45) and Pieter Malan (2/26) all shared two wickets as the Eastern Cape side were restricted to 205/9.
Day three of the competition continues on Monday.
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.
Malans shine on opening day of Club Champs
A 163-run third-wicket partnership between Pieter Malan and Andre Malan helped Durbanville Cricket Club make a strong start to the Momentum National Club Championships with a victory on the opening day in Pretoria on Saturday.
The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras representatives overcame Impala Cricket Club by eight wickets at Irene Country Club – in a match reduced to 34 overs per side – while there was also an easy six-wicket triumph for Assupol Tukscricket over Kovsies Cricket Club at the Tuks Oval.
The third match on the opening day between Clares Cricket Club and Madibaz Cricket Club at the Mandela Oval had to be abandoned without a ball being bowled.
The most impressive performers on the opening day were the Malan brothers, who both hit unbeaten half centuries. Pieter continued his impressive season overall by top-scoring with 87 (83 balls, 7 fours, 1 six), while Andre struck 61 (87 balls, 7 fours) to help their side chase down 178 with 18.4 overs to spare.
Impala, representing the Warriors, lost the toss and were asked to bat first, and posted 177 for eight thanks mainly to a blistering unbeaten 66 off 48 balls (6 fours, 1 six) from Pieter van Niekerk.
Kudakwashe Samunderu (2/33) and Leon le Roux (2/39) picked up two wickets apiece.
Durbanville were reduced to 17 for two when the Malans walked in and they took their side to the target with 2.4 overs to spare.
Tuks meanwhile, won by a lesser margin on paper, but they took with them a bonus point after 4/34 by Jordan Morris helped bundle out Kovsies for 178.
Beyers Swanepoel (53 off 54 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) was the top scorer for the Free State team, who lost the toss and were asked to bat.
Christopher Britz (72 not out off 104 balls, 6 fours, 1 six) and Jandre Pretorius (62 off 77 balls, 7 fours, 1 six) then hit half centuries to take the local side to victory with 10.4 overs remaining.
Day two of the competition continues on Sunday.
The April 13-17 competition, 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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