The bowling attack lead by Ayabonga Myoli saw the SA USSA XI beat the SA Rural XI by 24 runs in the opening match of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Future Cup in Kimberley on Thursday.
USSA posted 117/7 in their allotted 20 overs after they were put in to bat first by the Rural team. Ashley Fernandez was the first to lose his wicket, trapped lbw for a duck by Christopher Atherstone in the third ball of the first over. He was followed by Edward Moore (8) two overs later when Tashwin Lukas struck.
Thembela Mbada took consecutive wickets in the 11th over to remove Uwe Birkenstock (11) and Dale Campbell (0). Rural piled on the pressure, taking wickets at regular intervals but a few loose balls saw Bennie Ferreira top score with 30 off 23 balls and Corbin Dolley add 28 from 22 balls to get the total.
Rural's batting reply was no match for USSA. Ayavuaya Myoli took it upon himself to take the first wicket, removing Motome Modiba for one in the second over. Sean Nowak joined the party, disturbing Eugene Zwart's stumps for a duck in the third over. Myoli to come back in the fourth to send Danico Philomon back to the hut, leaving Rural on 11/3.
The batsmen could not find an answer for the bowlers, losing their wickets cheaply as the USSA bowling attack seeming to take turns dismissing them. Myoli finished with 3/18, while Nowack and Esmund van Wyk took returned with two wickets each. Rural were bowled out for 93 to give USSA a well deserved victory.