The real damage was inflicted by the pair of Patrick Botha (3/25) and Eddie Leie (4/44) who rocked the hosts in their combined 20 overs
Free State cemented their mastery over Northern Cape Cricket (NCC) when they convincingly trounced the hosts by four wickets in yesterday’s CSA One Day Challenge match at the Diamond Oval.
NCC’s luck seemed to have deserted them this weekend as they were made to bow to Free State in the preceding CSA Three Day Challenge clash which the visitors had clinched by eight wickets on Saturday.
In yesterday’s match the visitors easily cruised to 167/6 after they had elected to send in the hosts to bat. The NCC batsmen could simply not get into their usual stride at what has traditionally been their comfort zone when playing at home.
Unlike during the duration of the Three Day series, which virtually had no spectators in sight, this time around some supporters of the game dotted the open stands on the east side of the ground.
The Free State bowlers must take the credit for constraining the hosts at the crease. Opening bowler Corné Dry took 2/8 and had one maiden in his 4.3 overs. Teammate Romano Terreblanche bowled five overs and was rewarded with 1/22.
The real damage was inflicted by the pair of Patrick Botha (3/25) and Eddie Leie (4/44) who rocked the hosts in their combined 20 overs.
On the batting front only the NCC captain Farhaan Sayanvala (49) managed to master the Free State attack, facing 53 deliveries before he was caught off the bowling of Patrick Botha.
Aubrey Swanepoel (29) came a distant second, before he too was sent to the dugout when Paballo Mogoera caught him off the bowling of Roman Terreblanche.
For his troubles Gerrit Snyman could only manage in 27 runs off 31 deliveries before he was dismissed by a catch by Terreblanche off Eddie Leie’s delivery.
The rest of the NCC line-up was restricted to scores of under 10, with the exception of Avumile Mnci and Giovanni Joseph who managed to rake in 14 runs apiece.
NCC’s loss to their central region neighbours in the limited series will see the local side’s fortunes spiral downwards in the series rankings from the relatively comfortable fourth spot to third from bottom in pool B, where they have eight points after two wins and four losses from their six games.
Meanwhile, In the Three Day Challenge series, losses by other teams in the competition have ensured that NCC retain position four despite their 8 wicket loss at the weekend.
NCC now hovers above KwaZulu-Natal, Border and Western Province despite having scored only a single win of six matches.