SOUTHERN CAPE NEWS - The SWD cricket team finished their campaign on a high when they defeated Boland by 39 runs in their last match during their Pool B encounters in the CSA T20 Cup in Kimberley last weekend.
In doing so the men from the Southern Cape avoided the wooden spoon in their pool in what was a disappointing weekend for captain Jean du Plessis and his team.
In the opening fixture against KwaZulu-Natal Inland, a hat trick by Robbie Frylinck (4/7) restricted SWD to 118 all out. KZN Inland recorded a bonus point eight-wicket victory after they reached the winning target after 15 overs.
In their first match on Saturday against Eastern Province a devastating batting performance by Marco Marais (67) and Kelly Smuts (59) allowed EP to record an impressive 184/6.
SWD failed in their run chase and only managed 114/7 as they went down by 70 runs.
In the afternoon clash on Sunday against hosts, Northern Cape, hard-hitting Jacques Snyman (117) smashed a century as they amassed 201/8.
In SWD's reply only Jean du Plessis (68) made a significant contribution in their third defeat by a bonus point. Northern Cape won by 82 runs.
In their final encounter against Boland, Neil Hornbuckle (35) and Yamkela Oliphant (29) laid the foundation for a competitive total of 137/5. The 18-year-old Mesuli Vuba produced a match-winning bowling performance for SWD as they dismissed Boland for only 98 and a victory by 39 runs.
Cricket South Africa confirmed the semifinal line-up and announced the draw for the Provincial T20 to be completed in Benoni next week.
In the pool stages of the competition, Easterns (Pool A), Eastern Province (Pool B) and Border (Pool C) all top their respective groups, while Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Inland (Pool B) joined them in the last four after ending as the best runners-up.
The two teams from Pool B, EP and KZNI, were drawn together in the first semifinal at Willowmoore Park (start time 09:30). The second semi will follow between hosts Easterns and Border (start time 13:00) on 23 September.
The final will take place on Heritage Day, 24 September.
The summarised score cards for SWD's campaign are:
KwaZulu-Natal Inland beat SWD by 8 wickets:
SWD 118 all out (19,1 overs): Heath Richards 39, Jean du Plessis 26, Brendon Louw 26, Robbie Frylinck 4/7, Kerwin Mungroo 2/14, Kyle Nipper 2/27. KWAZULU NATAL INLAND 119/2 (15 overs): Cody Chetty 47, Grant Roelofsen 43, Kyle Nipper 18*, Nandre Burger 2/22.
Eastern Province beat SWD by 70 runs:
EASTERN PROVINCE 184/6 (20 overs): Marco Marais 67, Kelly Smuts 59, Jan van Heerden 35, Tsepo Ndwandwa 2/27, Bailey Aarons 2/33. SWD 114/7 (20 overs): Jean du Plessis 33, Basheer Walters 2/12, Keith Smith 2/13, Thomas Kaber 2/19.
Northern Cape beat SWD by 82 runs:
NORTHERN CAPE 201/8 (20 overs): Jacques Snyman 117, Aubrey Swanepoel 19, Tladi Bokako 3/40, Mesuli Vuba 2/37. SWD 119 all out (19,1 overs): Jean du Plessis 68, Kagiso Mohale 4/15, Otniel Baartman 2/19.
SWD beat Boland by 39 runs:
SWD 137/5 (20 overs): Neil Hornbuckle 35, Yamkela Oliphant 29, Ferisco Adams 3/17. BOLAND 98 all out (17,2 overs): Hanno Kotze 34, Mesuli Vuba 4/17, Akhona Mnyaka 2/20.
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