The third day of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Franchise Cubs Week saw the Chevrolet Warriors beat The Unlimited Titans by six wickets in an exhilarating match that had spectators on the edge of their seats when the sides met in Stellenbosch on Tuesday.
A superb all-round performance by the Warriors’ Bradley Bopp secured his side the nail-biting victory. He scored an unbeaten 87 runs and shared a 104-run, third-wicket stand with Lloyd Brown (58). Bopp was also the pick of his side’s bowlers, taking three wickets for 48 runs.
The Titans scored 237/9 in their allotted 50 overs thanks to a partnership of 97 runs between Aiden Markram (51) and Tian Koekemoer (43) over the second wicket. Driaan Bruwer also made a valuable contribution adding an unbeaten 48 runs at the end.
The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras suffered a heavy defeat against the South Africa Under-17s at the Van der Stel field. A player from their own backyard, Dayyaan Galiem (4/13) of Rondebosch Boys’ High, was the chief destroyer for the national side.
The Cape Cobras was bundled out for a meagre 58 runs. Galiem and Keith Dudgeon (2/15) had the hosts in trouble early on, leaving them on 20/5 in their opening spell. Left-handed spin bowler, Stefan Klopper (3/18) also caused crippling damage to the Cape Cobras’ batting line-up. The SA U17s reached their target in the 18th over with opening batsman, Grant Roelofsen (28*) the main contributor.
The Chevrolet Knights kept their chances to reach the final of the tournament alive with a comprehensive, six-wicket victory over the Sunfoil Dolphins. Knights opening bowlers Patrick Kruger (3/27) and Aiden Brooker (2/17), had the Dolphins in trouble early on with their total on 28/5.
The Dolphins’ innings was given a revival by a 69-run, last-wicket stand between Sibonelo Makhanya (69) and Lwandisa Zuma (11*). The latter joined Makhanya with the total on 75/9. The Knights’ Sachinta Galhenhage (2/18) picked up two wickets off his first over, while the other spinner, Sean Whitehead (1/18) bowled economically in his ten overs. The Dolphins were ultimately bowled out for 129 runs.
Hanco Olivier (37) and Pule Mokoena (25*) made the biggest contributions with the bat for the winning side. Dolphins’ spinner, Sohail Mahmood picked up three wickets for 30 in his ten overs.
In the match between the bizhub Highveld Lions and Zimbabwe, Bradley Dial (77) struck his half-century off 42 deliveries when they batted first. Jayden Broodryk (36*) also made a handy contribution with the bat towards the Lions’ total of 247/9.
In reply, Zimbabwe could only manage 113 runs, giving the Lions a hefty 134-run victory.
Sunfoil Dolphins 129 (Sibonelo Makhanya 69; Patrick Kruger 3/27, Aiden Brooker 2/17, Sachinta Galhenhage 2/19); Chevrolet Knights 130/4 (Hanco Olivier 37, Pule Mokoena 25*; Sohail Mahmood 3/30). Chevrolet Knights won by six wickets.
The Unlimited Titans 237/9 (Aiden Markram 51, Driaan Bruwer 48*, Tiaan Koekemoer 43; Bradley Bopp 3/44); Chevrolet Warriors 238/4 (Bradley Bopp 87*, Lloyd Brown 58). Chevrolet Warriors won by six wickets.
Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras 58/all out (Dayyaan Galiem 4/13, Stefan Klopper 3/18, Keith Dudgeon 2/15); South Africa U17 59/3 (Grant Roelofsen 28*). South Africa U17 won by seven wickets.
bizhub Highveld Lions 247/9 (Bradley Dial 77, Jayden Broodryk 36*; Cutberth Musoko 2/26); Zimbabwe 113/9 (Blair Lake 34; Jayden Broodryk 2/12). bizhub Highveld Lions won by 134 runs.