NC batters fail to come to the party.
After a dismal performance in their Sunfoil Three-Day Series match against Northerns, the Northern Cape team were hoping to salvage what little pride they could in the CSA One-Day Challenge fixture against their visitors at the Diamond Oval yesterday. But it was not to be, after heavy overnight rain resulted in a wet outfield which caused the 50-over match to be abandoned.
The Northern Cape Cricket team were well and truly thrashed, going down by 9 wickets in their three-day fixture; this after their coach, Loots Bosman, had last week urged his charges to kick on from their previous three-dayer when they hammered Border by an innings and 34 runs.
NCC coach Loots Bosman had told the DFA that the NCC team needed to consolidate their batting performance and once again post decent scores against Northerns.
This was not to be.
Batting first, NCC were bowled out for 286, with only Keegan Petersen (97), Jacques Snyman (65), Thando Mnyaka (30), Akhona Kula (25) and Aubrey Swanepoel (24) getting amongst the runs. The pick of the Northerns bowlers was Eldred Hawken, who claimed 5/56 from 17.2 overs. Gregory Mahlokwana also came to the party with his 2/24 and Thomas Kaber also contributed, though he was pretty expensive taking 2/88.
In reply, Northerns batted for 111.1 overs, racking up a mammoth 442 all out with opener, Andre Agathagelou scoring a brilliant 251 from 323 balls, slamming 28 fours and seven sixes in his innings. Other Northerns batsmen who contributed were Tony de Zorzi (20), Migeal Pretorius (36), Corbin Bosch (27) and Gregory Mahlokwana (29).
For the hosts, skipper, Werner Coetsee was the best of the bowlers with his 6/149 from 45 overs, an economy rate of 3.31. Ottniel Baartman ended with 2/59.
Northern Cape didn’t fare any better in their second knock. They were dismissed for a mediocre 210 runs, leaving the visitors a target of 55 runs for victory. Contributions for NCC in their second innings came from Luthando Mnyanda (21), Jacques Snyman (24),Patrick Kruger (23), Werner Coetsee (34) and Driaan Bruwer (39), while Kaber, determined to do better after being carted all over the ground in NCC’s first knock, finished with figures of 6/81 in 26 overs.
Northerns then cruised to victory off only 11.1 overs, to win by 9 wickets, with Agathagelou following up his first innings 251 with 29 not out, and De Zorzi contributing 22 not out.
This was the last fixture for 2017 for NCC, and their next Sunfoil Three-Day Cup match will be against Western Province at the Diamond Oval starting on January 11. NCC have a lot of introspection to do over the festive break. The team have now played six matches in the competition and have disappointingly won only one, much to the disgust of some of their supporters.
One long standing supporter told the DFA that he was not at all happy with this performance.
“Shame Northern Cape Cricket, another loss,” he said.
“Why make use of players from (the) Free State, who don’t really want to play in the Northern Cape team, at the expense of our own local talent? You could rather give opportunity to our local players who I am sure will do much better.
He went on to say that these mediocre performances were damaging the sport in the Province.
“Northern Cape open your eyes you are killing the game in the Province. We on the outside only want the best for our cricketers from our province. I am ‘gatvol’ to see week in and week out how our provincial team loses and nobody seems to be (bothered); and I am deeply concerned of this disgrace that is taking place in our Province.”
Another supporter agreed and suggested that: “Maybe a shake-up is needed and could work.”