On Sunday the 8th of March the Trophy Toyota Hornbills came up against the side of Giyani Cricket Club at the oval at Unicorn Preparatory School.

For the Hornbills, this limited premier fixture match was a mere formality as they went on to win by six wickets, chasing down a target of just 70 runs.

Initially, Giyani won the toss and elected to bat first, setting just 69 runs on the board after 22.3 overs. The Hornbills needed only 11 of the allotted 50 overs to reach the required target.

For the Giyani side their batting let them down and only two batsmen made double figures of 11 and 12 runs respectively. What helped Giyani’s run-scoring along was the number of extras, 28 in total, which the Hornbills handed them on a platter.

The Hornbills’ bowlers had a field day, but the number of extras as mentioned, should be a concern when they face the more established teams in the league. Tapiwanashe Kuhlengisa took 3/18 in his six overs spell.

He was well supported by Emile Kruger (2/18 in six overs), Gavin Pirie (2/14 in five overs) and Rynier de Jager (1/0 in 1.2 over). Wian Fourie was also economical with his bowling that kept the Giyani batsmen anchored in their creases. Fourie’s bowling figures were 0/7 in his four overs spell.

In reply, the Hornbills opening batsmen, Wilhelm Groenewald and Douglas Pirie, seemed more than capable for the task at hand of scoring the required runs to clinch the match. But, that was certainly not the case as both openers were sent back to the changeroom once they acquired double figure scores.
Groenewald departed first for 17 runs, coming off just 10 deliveries. Pirie followed soon after having made 14 runs from eight balls. Adolf Smith’s time at the crease was a short lived one as he had to depart for just three runs, coming off 12 balls.

Aubrey van Reenen was the fourth wicket to tumble, having contributed 12 runs from 16 deliveries. It was then up to Marnus Nel and Emile Kruger to wrap up the innings and the match for the Hornbills side. Nel scored 10 runs from 19 balls and Kruger smashed a six from just one ball to clinch the win.

Although the Giyani batting let them down, their bowlers provided the Hornbills batsmen with some tense moments with some blistering and accurate pace bowling. Nsuku Mathye took 3/35 in six overs. He was well supported by Lavani Mlambo (1/23 in three overs) and Katekani Ngwana (0/10 in two overs).

The other match on the day was between the side of Louis Trichardt who hosted the side of Nashua Aces Cricket Club from Polokwane. Aces won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 152 runs after 41 overs of the allotted 50 overs.

Louis Trichardt in reply, chased down the required winning runs reaching 153 for the loss of eight wickets. High School Merensky’s avid speed bowler, Gerhardus Fourie, was influential in the Louis Trichardt victory. Fourie took 3/24 in eight overs with an economy rate of 3.1, which certainly helped to limit the run scoring opportunities for the Aces batsmen. Photos: Roelof de Jonge

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