Not even a century by Andries Gous (113) could secure the Chevrolet Knights a victory over the rampant bizhub Highveld Lions on the first day of the 2013 edition of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Franchise Cubs Week in Stellenbosch.
The Knights lost the match by a solitary run. Gous faced 139 deliveries and stabilised his side’s innings after both opening batsmen, Sine Nthsona and Hanco Olivier failed to trouble the scorers. Bradley Dial trapped Gous leg before wicket when it was crucial for the latter to bat through the innings. Gous and Patrick Kruger (34*) shared a 113-run partnership over the seventh wicket. He struck 12 fours and a six in his innings.
The hero for the Lions was fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada. He grabbed four wickets for 52 runs. He also removed the last batsman, Johan van Dyk from the middle.
The Lions batted first and recorded 220/6 in their allotted 50 overs mainly thanks to an unbeaten half-century by Yaseen Valli (62*).
The Chevrolet Warriors also secured a nail-biting victory as they downed the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras by 12 runs at Tassies Oval. The Warriors managed 197/7 in their reduced 48 overs after a light shower in the morning delayed the start of the match. Lloyd Brown (44) was the standout batsman for the Warriors, besides a guy called Extras who contributed 32 runs to the total.
The Cobras were restricted to 185 with South African Schools pace man, Ngazibini Sigwili (3/28) and Bradley Bopp (3/39) causing the most damage with the ball in hand. David Beddingham (54) got off to a good start before his stumps was uprooted by Sigwili with the first delivery of his second spell. Justin Dill produced a run-a-ball innings of 22 runs at the end which almost saw the Cobras home. Hayes van der Berg (28) and Clyde Fortuin (27) also made contributions.
The Sunfoil Dolphins came out on top against the Nashua Titans in a match at Bridgehouse where the bowlers had the upper hand. The Dolphins batted first and got to 151 runs thanks to valuable contributions by Prenelan Subrayen (35) and Senuran Muthusamy (34).
The opening bowlers of the Titans, Vincent Moore (4/20) and Corbin Bosch (3/23), troubled the Dolphins batsmen. The Titans were bowled out for only 115 runs with Sibonela Makhanya (4/19) and spin bowler Kyle Simmonds (3/22) returning better figures than Moore and Bosch.
bizhub Highveld Lions 220/6 (Yaseen Valli 62*, Bradley Dial 36; Sine Ntshona 2/30); Chevrolet Knights 219 (Andries Gous 113, Patrick Kruger 34*; Kagiso Rabada 4/52). Bizhub Highveld Lions won by one run.
Chevrolet Warriors 197/7 (Lloyd Brown 44, Extras 32; Jan Frylinck 1/25); Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras 185 (David Beddingham 54, Hayes van der Berg 28; Ngazibini Sigwili 3/28, Bradley Bopp 3/39). Chevrolet Warriors won by 12 runs.
Sunfoil Dolphins 151 (Prenelan Subrayen 35, Senuran Muthusamy 34; Vincent Moore 4/20, Corbin Bosch 3/23); Nashua Titans 115 (Murray Coetzee 23, Jurie Snyman 20; Sibonelo Makhanya 4/19, Kyle Simmonds 3/22). Sunfoil Dolphins won by 36 runs.