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NCC put KZN Coastal to the sword

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The NCC team had another good day at the office when they trounced the same KZN Coastal team by an innings and 26 runs.

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The Northern Cape Cricket (NCC) team had a good outing against KwaZulu-Natal Coastal at the Diamond Oval this weekend when they won both the CSA Provincial Three-day Cup fixture as well as the CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge encounter by convincing margins.

In yesterday’s One-Day Challenge fixture the visitors won the toss and elected to bat first. The decision to bat did not work out for them as planned as they found their innings over with just 192 runs on the board after only facing 42.5 of their allotted 50 overs.

KZN Coastal’s opening pair of Blayde Capell (32) and Miskal Ramsaroop (30) had a bright enough start and put on an opening stand of 50, but then the visitors started to lose wickets at regular intervals. Only Tyron Koen (25) managed to stand up to the NCC bowling attack with skipper Aubrey Swanepoel taking 4/41 in 9.5 overs.

Northern Cape set a target of 193 for victory, started off pretty well with the opening stand of 43 before Patrick Kruger was first to go after scoring 27, but Ernest Kemm and Jacques Snyman then went to town tearing the KZN bowling apart, taking the score to 195 for the loss of only the single wicket, thus winning the match by nine wickets.

Snyman ended undefeated on 111 (73b, 11x4s, 7x6s), while Kemm finished not out on a patient 48 (88b, 6x4s). NCC earned five points for the match and KZN Coastal zero.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, the NCC team had another good day at the office when they trounced the same KZN Coastal team by an innings and 26 runs.

After the visitors were dismissed for 182 in their first innings, the Northern Cape Cricket team batted magnificently scoring 462 in reply.

The top scorer for the hosts was Beyers Swanepoel who notched up a free-flowing 188 not out from 169 balls, hitting 16 fours and eight massive sixes.

Other batsmen who shone for NCC were Garnett Tarr (42), Jacques Snyman (63), Aubrey Swanepoel and Luvuyo Adam who both contributed 62. The pick of the KZN Coastal bowlers were Tyron Koen (3/65), Yves Kamanzi (3/101) and Zakarriya Paruk (4/64).

The visitors then went in to bat, hoping to redeem themselves and ended day two on 153/5, from 33.2 overs when bad light stopped play with Blayde Capell (30), Jason Wagner (59 not out) and Michael Erlank (45) digging deep for the visitors. Desmond de Koker was the best of the NCC bowlers with 3/45.

KZN Coastal couldn’t add much to their overnight score and were eventually bundled out for a paltry 254 on day three, with Wagner having added a single run to his overnight score, while Tyron Koen (39), Zakariya Paruk (26) and Neill Jordaan (32) being the only other batsmen who showed any resistance.

NCC’s De Koker ended with figures of 3/65, while Beyers Swanepoel (2/55) and Aidan Brooker (2/37) also helped rout the visitors’ batting, thus sealing the victory by an innings and 26 runs.

The hosts gained 26 points from the match and KZN Coastal 5.6.