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Petersen and Traugot keep NCC in the game in Oudtshoorn

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NCC are well aware that they must get a win against SWD in this series to avoid sliding further down the pool B rankings

Former Cobras batsman Keegan Petersen scored a solid 68 for NC Cricket. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Northern Cape Cricket (NCC) were dismissed for 213 in their first innings against South Western Districts (SWD) in their CSA Provincial Three-Day Challenge match that started yesterday at the Oudtshoorn oval.

SWD won the toss and opted to field, and their decision paid off immediately when NCC lost the wicket of Luthando Mnyanda was dismissed for a duck in the second over after facing seven deliveries. He was followed to the dugout by Grant Mokoena (17) just 10 overs later.

Aubrey Swanepoel (5) was next to go dismissed shortly before NCC’s usually reliable captain Farhaan Sayanvala walked to the crease. Unfortunately for the visitors the skipper was trapped lbw off the bowling of Marcello Piedt after putting on a mere two runs on the board.

There was a recovery of sorts when Keegan Petersen made a solid 68 runs which included nine boundaries in two hours of batting.

After Petersen the next best showing by the visitors was by the young Tristan Traugot who contributed a patient 62 runs off 167 balls. Next it was Kashiso Mohale that stuck at the crease around and milked the SWD bowlers for a valuable 34 runs, but after he was dismissed NCC’s innings crumbled.

SWD opener and captain Letlotlo Sesele was out for 18 after spending an hour at the crease, but the hosts dug in and consolidated and by the end of the day’s play had reached 68/1 with Kirwin Christoffels (39*) and Jean du Plessis (8*) still at the crease. SWD are trailing NCC by 145 runs with nine wickets remaining leaving the visitors with quite a bit to do today and tomorrow to wrest back control.

NCC are well aware that they must get a win against SWD in this series to avoid sliding further down the pool B rankings. The Kimberley team’s record on the road has been poor, with last fortnight’s innings and 68-run win over Boland at the Diamond Oval the only victory recorded in their favour in this competition. The three-day match continues until Saturday, and will be followed by the CSA Provincial one-day match on Sunday at the same venue.