The bizhub Highveld Lions retained their title as champions of Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Franchise Cubs Week when they beat the Nashua Titans by a convincing 162 runs in their final match in Stellenbosch on Monday. The Lions’ only blemish came on day four of the tournament when they lost by eight runs against the Sunfoil Dolphins.
The opening pairing of Wesley Coulentianos (56) and Lee Gruskin (44) laid a 108-run foundation from which the Lions could build their innings. Captain Shaylen Pillay (55) and Bradley Dial (54) also weighed in with half-centuries to get their side to a very respectable 261/7 in their allotted 50 overs.
The Titans could only manage 99 runs before being bowled out by spin bowlers Tumelo Thlokwe (5/21) and Yaseen Valli (5/29) who both grabbed five-wicket hauls. They also became the first bowlers at the 2013 edition of the tournament to achieve this milestone.
Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras opening bowler, Lizaad Williams (4/49) produced yet another good opening spell as he dismissed GM Bruwer (0) and run machine Andries Gous (2) in his first and second overs against the Chevrolet Knights. He rearranged Bruwer’s stumps with his third delivery and the first which the batsman faced.
Justin Dill (2/52) also got rid of Vasili Orros (6) in his second over as the batsman chopped a delivery onto his stumps. This left the Knights in trouble at 17/3 with their two main batsmen already back in the change room. The central franchise was still in trouble at 48/4 when Sine Ntshona (41) joined opening batsman Christian Steyn (53) at the crease. Williams also removed Steyn and Hanco Olivier (27).
The Cobras won the match by four wickets after also losing some wickets early on. The home side was in trouble at 19/4 before Zubayr Hamza (52) and Jason Smith (34) joined forces. Clyde Fortuin (69*) saw them home with yet another well worked innings.
Senuran Muthusamy of the Sunfoil Dolphins continued his good form with the bat in his side’s last match of the tournament against the Chevrolet Warriors. He scored 97 runs and just missed out on his century when he was caught by Arno Moolman off Arnich Nortje’s (2/39) bowling. Onke Nyaku (3/31) was once again a stalwart for the Warriors.
The Warriors won the match by three wickets thanks to contributions from Marco Marais (53) and Lloyd Brown (41) with the bat.
Bizhub Highveld Lions 261/7 (Wesley Coulentianos 56, Shaylen Pillay 55, Bradley Dial 54, Lee Gruskin 44; Vincent Moore 3/42); Nashua Titans 99 (Murray Coetzee 27; Tumelo Thlokwe 5/21, Yaseen Valli 5/29). Bizhub Highveld Lions won by 162 runs.
Sunfoil Dolphins 205 (Senuran Muthusamy 97, Mark Airey 33; Onke Nyaku 3/37); Chevrolet Warriors 206/7 (Marco Marais 53, Lloyd Brown 41; Craig Kirsten 3/50). Chevrolet Warriors won by three wickets.
Chevrolet Knights 194/8 (Christian Steyn 53, Sine Ntshona 41, Patrick Kruger 32*; Lizaad Williams 4/49); Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras 196/6 (Clyde Fortuin 69*, Zubayr Hamza 52, Jason Smith 34; Aiden Brooker 3/37). Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras won by four wickets.