Both teams won their Group C Pool D One-day fixtures in the Senior Provincial Mens Cricket Tournament.
THE NORTHERN Cape Cricket team and eta Northerns enjoyed a good day at the office on Human Rights Day when they both won their respective Group C Pool D fixtures in the Senior Provincial Men’s Cricket Tournament being held in Kimberley.
At the Kimberley Oval, eta Northerns thrashed Western Province by eight wickets after winning the toss and having the WP team in early trouble when opener Jack Newby was trapped lbw with the first ball of the match. The Northerns bowlers were bowling a tight line, making scoring difficult for the batsmen and strangling the Province run rate at around 2.7 runs to the over.
At one point WP put 100 runs on the board during a period of 176 minutes, while losing eight wickets in the process. The main wicket takers for Northerns were Anchille Cloete with 4/17, Gideon Peters 2/26 and Gionne Koopman 2/25.
Province could only manage 136 all out in 46.1 overs, with top scorers Zachary Elkin 24 and Mihlali Mpongwana with his 20 not out.
The two eta Northerns opening batsmen, Tumelo Koto and Rubin Hermann took the score to 30 before Koto was caught with his score on 12. Thereafter, Hermann and Jiveshen Pillay put on a great second wicket partnership of 93 runs, taking the total to 123 before Pillay was caught for 33 with the team still requiring 14 runs to win.
This they easily knocked off and had the game in the bag within 27.2 overs, thrashing Province by 8 wickets, with 22.4 overs left.
Hermann ended on 72 not out and Diego Rosier on 7 not out. The wicket takers for Province were, Schierhout (1/33) and Botha (1/24).
Meanwhile, over at the Country Club B field, hosts Northern Cape Cricket (NCC) picked up a well-deserved 22-run win over the SA Under-19 side.
The Under-19s won the toss and sent NCC in to bat first and the home team mustered a useful 142 all out in 42.5 overs. The top scorers for NCC were Clyde Fortuin (20) and Benjamin van Rensburg (25 not out). The pick of the SA Under-19 bowlers were Nathan Steyn (3/14), Samuel Ruwisi (3/27) and Asakhe Tshake with his 2/28.
In reply the SA Under-19s found the going tough against especially a fired up Aubrey Swanepoel and fell short of their target scoring 120 all out in 45.1 overs.
Jordan Hermann (37) and Nathan Steyn (22) were the only players who made solid starts for the Under-19s. The pick of the NCC bowlers were Aubrey Swanepoel (4/22), Beyers Swanepoel (2/22), and Ernest Kemm (2/20).