SWD smashes Northern Cape Heat

Die span van Hungry Lions met die wennerstrofee. Foto: Ebenezer Titus

THE Six Gun Grill South Western Districts cricket team have moved within striking range of the Cricket South Africa Division 2 Four-Day title with a remarkable eight wicket victory against top of the log team, Northern Cape Heat in Kimberley.

The game appeared to be heading for a draw after three days with the home team scoring 351 thanks to Evan Jones’ 157 from 128 balls (18×4, 8×6) – only after recovering from 139/5. Renaldo Meyer (5/44 in 16.2 overs) bagged a fiver for SWD.
SWD replied with a mammoth 555 thanks to a brilliant career best 13th first class century from Leus du Plooy which contained 21 fours and four sixes – he struck 186 from only 227 balls.

Du Plooy was given excellent support from the lower order from Sean Whitehead (54) and Pheko Moletsane (53). Earlier openers Yaseen Valli (86) and Blade Capell got SWD off to a partnership of 137.

The SWD bowlers, with a 204 run lead at their disposal, toiled manfully to dismiss Northern Cape for 303 with Marcello Piedt (3/50) leading the way.

André Malan (2/35 in 18 overs) with Meyer (2/68) and Whitehead (2/47) contributed significantly. Jonathan Vandiar (74) and Rivaldo Moonsamy (54) struck half-centuries for the Heat.

SWD’s run chase started dreadfully with Yaseen Valli and fellow openers dismissed cheaply but Malan (64) and Du Plooy (33) went about their work in a calm and efficient manner to see the visitors home in the nick of time reaching the target at 100/2.