A comprehensive recap of the CSA T20 Challenge results and top performers.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22
Former SA U19 players Dewald Brevis and Caleb Seleka played opposite ends of the field.
After winning the toss, the Dragons chose to bat first. As the hosts finished their innings on 134/8, Duan Jansen blasted a 27-ball 41 that included four maximums.
Lesego Senokwane (34 off 34) and Heino Kuhn also contributed with the bat.
A 135-run target appeared to be a simple task for the Titans. Dewald Brevis (40 off 28) and Theunis de Bruyn (36*) both contributed significantly to the Sky Blues reaching the target in under 18 overs.
Caleb Seleka, the Dragons’ youngster, dominated with the ball in hand, taking the wickets of Brevis and Musawenkosi Twala in two consecutive deliveries. Neil Brand was also dismissed for fifteen runs by Seleka.
Renaldo Meyer (2/19 in four overs) assisted him, taking the wickets of Jiveshen Pillay (15) and Donavon Ferreira.
Dolphins versus Rocks
The Dolphins were defeated by the Rocks by seven wickets in a rain-affected CSA T20 Challenge match in Potchefstroom on Saturday.
As rain fell in the North West Province, the Rocks’ chase was reduced to twelve overs, but they managed to knock the runs off when they returned after the break.
After the Rocks won the toss, the Dolphins batted first.
A 29 run opening stand was ended when Bryce Parsons drilled one to cover to be caught for eight in the sixth over before the Dolphins lost Jon-Jon Smuts three balls later for a duck to the same bowler Bamanye Xenxe.
At the end of the powerplay the Dolphins were 30 for two with Roelofsen on eighteen and Tshepang Dithole newly at the crease on a single.
The pair then pieced together a patient partnership of 66 in just over eight overs with Roelfosen going past fifty before Dithole was bowled for 22 from 27 balls.
Khaya Zondo was then caught for two with the score on 103 in the sixteenth over of the innings. Roelofsen was caught in the deep 12 runs later for a positive 66 from 48 balls with eight fours and a six.
Roelofsen’s innings propelled him to the top of the competition’s list of run scorers.
With quick runs the order of the day, the Dolphins faced some good death bowling from the Rocks, and Andile Simelane and Eathan Bosch both fell in the final over of the innings, leaving the Dolphins on 136 for seven in their 20 overs.
Jason Smith finished the inning with 21 runs on 16 balls.
When Janneman Malan was bowled by Bosch in the first over of the chase, the Dolphins took a crucial wicket.
The Dolphins’ second wicket came 27 runs later, when Valentine Kitime was caught behind, giving Bosch his second wicket of the game.
Bosch finished his three overs with figures of two for seventeen, bringing his tournament wicket tally to six, putting him at the top of the wicket takers chart.
Cylde Fortuin was the third wicket to fall in the eighth over of the chase, with the total on 52, before the players left the field in the ninth over, with the Rocks on 59 for three.
The Rocks’ revised target after the rain delay was 87 from twelve overs when the players returned.
Farhaan Behardien and Leus du Plooy finished with 24 and 18 not out, respectively, as the Rocks won by four balls.
Xenxe 3/21, Roelofsen 66
Rocks 87/3 in 11.2 minutes
Bosch 2/17, Behardien 34*
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21
Western Province vs. Titans
In a rain-shortened match, the Titans successfully defended 108 runs.
The start of play was delayed when the sky opened up as teams walked onto the field.
A 45-minute delay reduced the game to 16 overs-a-side, and another delay at the halfway point reduced the game to 13 overs-a-side.
Western Province had done well to limit their opponents to 108/7 in 13 overs.
Nandre Burger (2/20) struck first, taking the early wickets of Dewald Brevis and Dean Elgar.
Jiveshan Pillay (37 off 24 with six boundaries and one maximum) put on another strong showing with the bat, putting on a 39-run stand with Dean Elgar (12) for the second wicket.
Mihlali Mpongwana dismissed both Pillay and Theunis de Bruyn in the eighth over, and Titans were reduced to 59/4.
Donovan Ferreira’s 27* off 15 (one boundary and two maximums) came late in the innings to help the Titans reach 108 in 13 overs.
Mpongwana was the standout bowler, taking 3/14 in two overs.
Aya Gqamane claimed two wickets in the first two balls for the Titans, dismissing Kyle Verreynne and Tony de Zorzi without scoring. Gqamane was on a hat-trick after being dismissed in the previous match against the Lions on Wednesday.
The Province lineup struggled to score runs as well, losing wickets at regular intervals.
George Linde (36 off 29) and Daniel Smith (21 off 16) provided late resistance, but WP could only muster 95 runs for the loss of eight wickets.
Simon Harmer bowled some excellent spin, recording 2/15 in three overs.
Titans 108/7 in 13 minutes
Mpongwana 3/14, Pillay 37, Ferreira 27*
Western Province won 95/8 in 13 games.
Linde had 36 points, Harmer had 15 and Gqamane had 22.
Warriors vs. Lions
With a seven-wicket bonus point victory over the Warriors, the Lions secured their first win in the competition.
Warriors batted first, with Lesiba Ngoepe (32) and Wihan Lubbe (27) putting on a 48-run partnership for the first wicket.
After dismissing Ngoepe, Lutho Sipamla struck first, and Evan Jones (2/20 in four overs) followed with the wicket of Matthew Breetzke (8).
Tetelo Maphaka clean bowled Rudi Second (12), and Jones replaced Lubbe as Warriors reached 99/2 in the 16th over.
When rain stopped play on 106/4, Jordan Hermann (16) and Sinethemba Qeshile (3) were at the crease.
Following a DLS calculation, the game was reduced to 14 overs per side, with the Lions needing 100 runs from 84 balls.
Cameron Delport smashed three fours and three sixes in his 30 off 11 as Lions chased the target down quickly.
In their first partnership, Ryan Rickelton (19 off 11) and Delport combined for 39 runs. Tshepo Ndwandwa caught the latter off Lubbe, and Beyers Swanepoel caught Rickelton lbw.
Wiaan Mulder (31) and Mitchell van Buuren (16) kept up the tempo in their 42-run partnership to see the Lions home with 21 balls to spare after Dominic Hendricks was run out in the fifth over.
Warriors win 106-4.
Jones 2/20, Ngoepe 32
Mulder 31, Delport 30 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20TH
Western Province vs. Knights
The Knights easily defeated Western Province in their CSA T20 match on Thursday, winning by 9 wickets to claim their first victory of the tournament.
WP were soon in trouble after winning the toss and electing to bat first, as Ethan-John Cunningham (0) edged behind off Mbueleo Budaza.
Tony de Zori (15) and top-scorer Kyle Verreynne (35) shared the biggest partnership of the innings, putting on 36 for the second wicket before Gerald Coetzee struck as De Zorzi played on when he appeared to be well set.
The Knights’ regular wickets kept WP on the back foot, and once Verreynne and Daniel Smith (31) were back in the dugout, the innings quickly folded as Coetzee finished with his best-ever figures of 4/22 in 3.5 overs as Western Province was all out for 116.
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