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NCC to fight for redemption at home

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NCC’s first match against Western Province in Cape Town was a disaster with the visitors going down by 10 wickets

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After two disastrously unsuccessful road-trips the Northern Cape Cricket (NCC) team are finally back at home and will be hoping to redeem themselves when they host Boland at the Diamond Oval in a CSA Three-Day Provincial Cup fixture that is scheduled to run from today until Saturday.

On Sunday the teams will face off in a CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge match at the same venue.

NCC’s first match against Western Province in Cape Town was a disaster with the visitors going down by 10 wickets. They didn’t fare much better against Northerns in Pretoria and were thrashed by an innings and 140 runs.

NCC’s fortunes in the one day games seemed to start well when they scraped through by one wicket in the first game against WP, but then they were handed a 190-run hammering in the second up in Pretoria. However, with the team playing at home they are determined to perform much better.

According to NCC’s head coach Loots Bosman his team struggled to adapt to conditions away from home. “We haven’t clicked yet as a team in our first two matches and have been on the receiving end in away conditions. We are aware that we have to improve quickly as a unit and start winning most of the sessions (during a game) to win matches.

“We looking forward playing at home for the first time this season and prepare a wicket that will suit our game plan. Playing Boland has always been a tough task and our preparations have been good,” the coach added.

Meanwhile, the head of coaching at Northern Cape Cricket, Shaheed Alexander, told the DFA that the players need to knuckle down and apply themselves. “In our last outing against Northerns in Pretoria, the players let themselves down by not executing their cricketing skills and not showing more grit and determination to perform as a team.

“This is our first home game for the season and the team now has the opportunity to redeem themselves and utilise home ground advantage. I wish our team good luck for the weekend and (I am) looking forward to see them play at the Diamond Oval,” Alexander said.

NCC Three-day team

Grant Mokoena, Driaan Bruwer, Jacques Snyman, Aubrey Swanepoel, Keegan Petersen (wk), Mtabozuko Nqam, Farhan Sayanvala (c), Kagisho Mohale, Zac Qwabe, Nangomso Mqaleni, Mbulelo Budaza, Avumile Mnci, Desmond De Koker.