The Sunfoil Dolphins made sure that there is still a lot at stake for the final day of Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Franchise Cubs Week in Stellenbosch when they beat the bizhub Highveld Lions by eight runs on the penultimate day.
The Lions were the only undefeated side left after the first three days of the tournament, but didn’t manage to score the ten runs they needed from the last over of the match to down the Dolphins. The victory was setup by stalwart Greg Oldfield (82*) and Mark Airey (79), whose 128-run, third wicket partnership helped the Dolphins to 255/4 in their 50 overs. Oldfield retired hurt after injuring his shoulder while driving a delivery to mid-off. Prenelan Subrayen (47*) weighed in with a valuable contribution as well.
Bradley Dial (80) and Lee Gruskin (73) gave the Lions a steady platform from which they could launch an attempt to keep their unbeaten record and secure the title of champions at the Cubs Week. Dolphins’ seam bowler, Tshepo Moreki (3/33) caused the most damage as they fell short.
The Nashua Titans also came agonisingly short against the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras at Boland Park in Paarl. The Cape Cobras won the match in the last over which was bowled by national under-19 player, Vincent Moore thanks to gutsy batting performances by Jan Frylinck (23*) and Dayaan Galiem (14*). They needed 16 runs from the last over with only one wicket in hand and managed to score 18 runs to secure victory.
Frylinck, who also represented the national U19 side last year, picked up an injury earlier while bowling. The Cobras’ captain, David Beddingham (65) also continued his excellent form with the bat in hand.
Corbin Bosch (40) and Moore (40) once again saved the Titans after the top order failed. The Titans managed 200 runs before being bowled out.
Chevrolet Knights batsman, Andries Gous continued his exceptional run of form with the bat. He batted his side to a six wicket victory over the Chevrolet Warriors at Bridgehouse. Gous’ (95*) unbeaten half-century brought his total runs for the tournament to 335 at an exceptional average of more than 111 runs per innings.
He and Christian Steyn (23*) saw the Knights home as they shared an unbeaten, 100-run partnership over the fourth wicket. Gous was in a destructive mood and probably played his best innings of the tournament thus far as he struck 13 fours and three sixes.
Not even an unbeaten century by Lloyd Brown (102*) could keep the Knights from victory. The central region’s South African Schools’ player, Vasili Orros made sure the selectors don’t forget about him with an all-round performance. He scored 36 runs with bat and dismissed three batsmen for 45 runs with his leg-breaks.
Sunfoil Dolphins 255/4 (Greg Oldfield 82, Mark Airey 79, Prenelan Subrayen 47*); bizhub Highveld Lions 247/8 (Bradley Dial 80, Lee Gruskin 73; Tshepo Moreki 3/33). Sunfoil Dolphins won by eight runs.
Nashua Titans 200 (Corbin Bosch 40, Vincent Moore 40; Björn Fortuin 3/43); Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras 202/9 (David Beddingham 65, Jason Smith 26, Jan Frylinck 23*; Vincent Moore 2/46). Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras won by one wicket.
Chevrolet Warriors 239/7 (Lloyd Brown 102*, Marco Marais 39, Onke Nyaku 34; Vasili Orros 3/45, Patrick Kruger 2/18); Chevrolet Knights 240/4 (Andries Gous 95*, GM Bruwer 40, Vasili Orros 36, Christian Steyn 23*). Chevrolet Knights won by six wickets.