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NCC shone in both the batting and bowling departments and posted a mammoth 510/6 declared in their innings

Patrick Kruger

Northern Cape Cricket (NCC) travel up to Willowmoore Park in Benoni for their final Sunfoil Cup and CSA Provincial One Day Challenge cross-pool matches against Easterns, starting this morning.

Going head to head in previous clashes, Northern Cape should have the advantage over Easterns as NCC have beaten them twice, lost once and drawn two.

However, it is hoped NCC will continue their good work from their last match against Free State.

NCC shone in both the batting and bowling departments and posted a mammoth 510/6 declared in their innings.

The game ended in a tame draw though as Northern Cape battled to bowl out Free State in their follow on innings, which ended on 246/3 after dismissing them for 307 in their first innings.

NCC will want to improve their log table standing by trying to eek out an outright win against Easterns.

Northern Cape are sitting second from the bottom in Pool A, while Easterns, who have two matches in hand including this one, are sitting in the middle of Pool B.

It was good to see NCC’s opening batsman Driaan Bruwer return to form with a well played 54 against Free State as well as skipper Aubrey Swanepoel also coming to light with the bat, scoring 168 not out.

The the top scorer was Jacques Snyman who weighed in with 209. These batsmen, as well as some of the others, need to come to the party to add to the total.

Meanwhile, in the bowling department Thandolwethu Mnyaka and Akhona Kula were the most successful bowlers in the Free State first innings, each taking three wickets, while Mnyaka took three again in the second innings.

NORTHERN CAPE CRICKET SQUAD: Thandolwethu Mnyaka, Driaan Bruwer, Jacques Snyman, Aubrey Swanepoel (captain), Grant Mokoena, Patrick Kruger, Aloysius Seleka, Desmond de Koker, Akhona Kula, Kagisho Mohale, Warren Bell, Zakir Kathrada (wicket keeper), Mbulelo Budaza and Luthando Mnyanda.