■ Roelof de Jonge
It seems most of the club teams competing in the 50 Overs Premier League of Limpopo Impala Cricket Union forfeited their scheduled games around Limpopo on Sunday the 12th of February.
With the schools that have opened on Wednesday the 15th of January, it seems people were still on holiday mode or returning from their festive holidays as the only match that was contested was between the teams of Nashua Aces Cricket Club against the University of Limpopo, at this higher learning institution’s cricket oval.
On Friday the 10th of January Bulletin confirmed with Tzaneen based Hornbills Cricket Club’s Zylon McGaffin that the match against Seshego Cricket Club’s team is still on schedule for Sunday the 12th at the B-field of Unicorn Preparatory School.
McGaffin confirmed that the match will be played, even if rain might dampen the outfield around the pitch, there is adequate covers to protect the pitch from getting wet. When Bulletin arrived on Sunday, it seems only the birds and insects were having a get together around the several mango’s that have fallen from the school’s mango trees.
Bulletin then contacted Limpopo Impala Cricket Union’s club cricket coordinator and facilitator, Divya George, who informed the Bulletin that Seshego forfeited the game. She said however that several teams played in the Saturday Promotional League matches.
Regarding the Aces Premier League 50 Overs match, the visiting Polokwane side batted first and scored a formidable 324 runs, all out, in 44.2 overs. In reply, the University of Limpopo batsmen were bundled out for just 48 runs in 14.2 overs.
Aces batsmen Armand Pansegrouw top scored with 81 runs from 50 balls which included eight fours and five of those boundary bashes went for sixes.
Opening batsmen Erik Viljoen was getting on well when he lost his wicket for 17 runs of 22 balls through the bowling of Tshepo Pudikabekoa. Viljoen’s opening partner Amie Smit went on and added 37 runs of 54 balls before he was bowled out by Unilim’s Dimakatjo Ledwaba.
That was when Pansegrouw came to the fray and scored his smashing 81 runs. Pansegrouw was well supported by Michael Weldon who fell short from his half century on 42. Weldon scored his 42 runs of 28 balls (including three fours and four sixes).
Number eight batsmen for Aces, Ntokoza Mahlaba, is by no means a tail ender as he proved in this Premier League 50 overs match. He recorded a half century with a valuable 59 runs of 42 balls (including three fours and four sixes).
Aces tail ender Leighton Calvin Swarts also contributed to the formidable Aces score with 21 runs of 26 balls. The 31 extras which the University team gave away in their innings just added to their day’s woes in trying to limit the carnage of the Aces batsmen.
University of Limpopo’s opening batsmen Innocent Rabakale was the only one who put up a fight and salvage 17 runs of 27 balls. He was caught by Pansegrouw from the formidable bowling of Jeandré du Plessis.
Du Plessis caused havoc like a tornado amongst the university batsmen, claiming six wickets for just seven runs in just three overs. He was well supported by fellow bowlers Lance Trueman (2/7 in four overs), Leighton Calvin Swarts (1/11 in three overs) and Michael Weldon (1/2 in 0.2 overs).
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