GALLERY: Weekend’s cricket sees Zululand back on track

Thulani Zondo takes a walk after losing his wicket to Gladiator, Jaques Sander.

Last weekend saw some great cricket take place, with good camaraderie and even better rivalry between the respective sides.

On Saturday, Dumbe played hosts to Mr X in a game that promised to be one for the history books. Dumbe won the toss and decided to bat first, wanting to keep the visitors in the sun for the full 50 overs. The home side managed a good total of 274 all out, with standout performances by C Hambrock scoring 91 runs off 125 and M Hinze on 67 runs off 85 balls. The top bowlers were J Botha with 3 wickets for 56 runs and M Vosloo, also with 3 wickets for 42 runs.

Mr X were sent in to chase down the target score of 275 runs, but were outsmarted on the day by a very solid bowling performance from Dumbe, falling short of the required total by 46 runs. Top batting performances came from M Stride with 107 runs off 126 balls and D Aspden with 40 runs from 64 balls. The stand out bowlers for Dumbe were A Beneke with 4 wickets for 47 runs and M Hinze with 3 wickets for 30 runs.

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Sunday saw two matches taking place. The local match was between club sides Gladiators and Wicket Wasps, with the Zululand side travelling to Newcastle to take on Amajuba in another Promotion league fixture.

Wicket Wasps were first to bat, and with the help of S Pennels (63) and A Vorster (56), they posted a respectable total of 276 runs all out. The top bowler for Gladiators on the day, J Sander, taking 5 wickets for his side. Gladiators then set themselves for a chase that wasn’t meant to be, as they fell short by 157 runs and could not secure the win.

The promotion league fixture saw tensions running high as Zululand knew that they needed to win all of their remaining games for a spot in the play-off. Amajuba won the toss and decided to bat first, but soon realized that it might not have been the right call, as they lost the first wicket after only 4 balls bowled. This gave Zululand the early motivation they needed, and saw them restrict the home side to only 97 runs all out in 22 overs. The only batsman really making a contribution was H Linde, managing 27 runs off 25 balls. J Botha lead the bowling attack for Zululand, taking 4 wickets for only 27 runs in 10 overs, including 2 maidens. C High and M Stride also contributed with 2 wickets each. Zululand then took to the field, hoping to make quick work of the required runs and securing a much needed win. J Booyens started off in strong fashion, scoring 4 runs from the very first ball, and hitting a six in the very next over. Unfortunately this aggression lead to an early dismissal after only facing 9 balls, with M Stride soon following. J Botha scored a quick-fire 40 runs from only 27 balls, before playing straight into the hands of a fielder and being sent back to the stand. Amajuba, sensing they might still be able to salvage the match, made quick work of the Zululand middle order, with D Geel taking 4 wickets for only 9 runs. J Davel and C High managed to steady the ship and lead Zululand to its second victory after the mid-season break, making sure they keep their hopes alive for a few more weeks.

We would like to thank all the spectators and friends for their support, and hope to see you at the Club with our next round of fixtures.

Issued by Vryheid Cricket Club

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