SOUTHERN CAPE CRICKET NEWS - For a second consecutive weekend the SWD cricket team failed to produce the knock-out blow when their Cricket South Africa provincial three day match against Northern Cape ended in a draw last weekend.
SWD dominated most of the match but the visitors from Kimberley literally batted for their lives to secure a draw.
Putting in to bat, Northern Cape resurrected their first innings after struggling on 117/6 and were dismissed for 213 thanks to a brilliant bowling performance by SWD's main strike bowler, Marcello Piedt, who bagged 6/35. Keegan Petersen (68) and Tristan Traugott (62) made half-centuries for Northern Cape.
SWD's first innings saw an excellent batting display with three centuries from Kirwin Christoffels (106; 193 balls, 15x4), who scored his maiden first class century, Jean du Plessis (113; 200 balls, 1x6, 16x4) and Obus Pienaar, who was unbeaten on 150* (2x6, 18x4).
The partnership for the second wicket between Christoffels and Du Plessis was 154.
SWD declared their second innings at 452/6 (112,5 overs) - a lead of 239 runs.
Mbulelo Budaza (2/73) was the most successful bowler for Northern Cape. Northern Cape eventually ended with 262/5 (105 overs). Traugat (51*; 146 balls, 6x4) and Giovanni Joseph (35*; 104 balls, 5x4) prevented a certain defeat as they batted for 46 overs to secure a draw after SWD were in a commanding position with Northern Cape at 174/6. Piedt (3/51) and Tsepo Ndwandwa (2/77) were the pick of the SWD bowlers.
The summarised score card is:
Northern Cape 1st innings 213 (Keegan Petersen 68, Tristen Traugott 62, Marcello Piedt 6/35) and 2nd innings 262/6 (Luthando Mnyanda 55, Aubrey Swanepoel 50, Marcello Piedt 3/51, Tsepo Ndwandwa 2/77). SWD 1st innings (Kirwin Christoffels 106, Jean du Plessis 113, Obus Pienaar 150*, Mbulelo Budaza 2/73).
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