04 December 2017 Read: 410
A wet and muddy Unicorn pitch hosted the clash between Polokwane-based Nashua Aces A and the mighty Hornbills from Tzaneen this past weekend. With the weather not in their favour, Aces lost the toss and were sent in to bat first. Setting up a target is not a strategy the Nashua Aces play to and were instantly on the backfoot.
Nonetheless they took to the stumps bravely and faced a very precise bowling attack from the seasoned Bills as Johan Viljoen scalped 5 wickets in just 8.1 overs for 26 runs to break the back of the visitors’ batting line up. Zylon McGaffin took care of 3 more wickets in his 9 over innings for just 48 runs while Ruann Willemse and Emile Kruger each took a wicket to finish the Aces in the 44th over with a tally of just 163 runs to chase.
Ryan Atkinson took the pitch for the locals and smacked 38 of 53 balls which included a sixer and two boundaries. Christopher Atherstone continued the batting education with an undefeated innings during which he raked up 22 runs off 32 balls. Johan Viljoen was the last straw on the camel’s back with his three fours and one six to score a total of 22 runs off as many deliveries.
The Hornbills won the match in the 32nd over on 164 runs with four wickets in hand.
On the Aces side, Armand Pansegrouw (41 off 50 balls with seven 4’s) and Roelf Wynand du Toit (33 off 23 deliveries including four 4’s and two 6’s) were the pick of the batsmen, each with magnificent scores under the toughest conditions on the day. Young Lance Trueman (45/2 in 8 overs) and brother Justyn (36/2 in 7 overs) towed the line for the Aces bowling attack each chalking up a maiden. Roelf du Toit was awarded their man of the match.