Despite pegging the visitors back to a reachable total Northern Cape still fell far short.
NORTHERN Cape Cricket won the toss and elected to field first in their one-day fixture in the Pool D Provincial Senior Men’s Cricket tournament against eta Northerns held at the Kimberley Oval on Sunday.
Despite pegging the visitors back to a reachable total, with Northerns scoring 131 all out in 38.1 overs, Northern Cape, chasing a target of 132 in their 50 overs at a run rate of 3.44 to the over, still fell far short with Northerns eventually winning the game by 66 runs.
The hosts enjoyed a good start when Northerns lost their first wicket in the first over, bowled by Beyers Swanepoel, with their score on 2.
At the halfway stage, after 25 overs, Northerns were on 97/3 and due to regularly losing wickets could only eventually post that score of 131.
The main contributions with the bat for the visitors were Bafana Mhlangu 28, Jiveshen Pillay 40 and Diego Rosier who scored 30. The pick of the Northern Cape bowlers were Aubrey Swanepoel 3/31 in his 10 overs, Beyers Swanepoel 2/21 and Ernest Kemm 2/5.
The hosts, in their run chase, lost their first wicket with only 5 on the board, and then started losing wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out in the 25th over for a disappointing 65, with Blake Schraader top-sorer with 17.
For Northerns Gionne Koopman 3/17, Achille Cloete 3/20, Gregory Mahlokwana 3/0. Northerns will next play Western Province at the Kimberley Oval and Northern Cape will take on the SA Under-19s at Country Club B on Monday.
Meanwhile, over at the Country Club B field on Sunday where Western Province were playing against the SA Under-19 side, Province won the toss and batted first scoring 130 all out in 36.1 overs.
The SA Under-19s did very well in chasing down their target scoring 131/9, narrowly reaching the target, and winning by one wicket.
The pick of the WP batsmen were Jack Newby 51 and André Malan 20, while the best of the SA Under-19 bowlers were Liam Alder 4/16 and Caleb Saleka 4/33.
For the Under-19s, the best of the batsmen were George van Heerden 21 and Michael Copeland 47, while the main wicket-takers for Western Province were Yves Kamanzi 4/27 and Lehan Botha 3/26.