The NCC mentor laughed off the draw in the three day match and the no-result in the one-dayer at Buffalo Park this past weekend.
The Northern Cape Cricket team will be hoping to build on the momentum they worked up in East London, before the rain washed out their Three-Day Provincial Cup match as well as the One Day Challenge game against Border last time out, when they take on the team from the North West this weekend.
The DFA visited the team at training yesterday, at the Yorkshire Cricket Grounds in Galeshewe, ahead of this weekend’s clash against North West Cricket at the Diamond Oval, for the next clash in the three-day and one-day competitions that will run consecutively from tomorrow till Sunday.
NCC coach, Loots Bosman (pictured), spoke to the DFA at the grounds which are a mere spitting distance from his family home. The NCC mentor laughed off the draw in the three day match and the no-result in the one-dayer at Buffalo Park this past weekend.
“It was just unfortunate on the weather side. The guys played well. They were in a good space, and I just hope they can carry on the form and momentum into the game against the North West as they (NW) are quite a gutsy team.
“Playing the North West has always been a tough game. They have a very good unit and they have been around for some time as a team. Hopefully our guys can just pitch up and play good cricket at home.”
The NCC team had a practice on the Yorkshire pitch yesterday, on a surface that was quite grassed over but freshly rolled. The coach said he hoped the change of environment, under simulated match conditions, would work for the players. He said they would be back at their usual net practice at the Diamond Oval this morning.
We caught up with NCC captain Farhaan Sayanvala, who was run out for five runs after facing just five balls in the one day game on Sunday. Sayanvala said he would be working on his running between wickets. “Yeah, it was quite unfortunate. I need to work on my running between the wickets. I think I ran myself out which was quite uncalled for. It was the quickest ever that I’ve been dismissed,” he said.
However, the skipper was full of praise for his teammates – Gerhardt Abrahams (121 not out) and Jacques Snyman (121) – who put the hosts to the sword.
With more of the NCC batsmen finding form and the team back at home this weekend, they have good reason to be confident. But they will know that they will have their work cut out for them with them needing some good results to climb to a more respectable position on the three-day and the one-day logs.
CSA Three-Day Provincial Cup
CSA One Day Challenge