Border fall well-short against WP in 3-Day Cup, One-Day encounters

BY MARC JACOBSON - MARCH 8, 2017
Border fall well-short against WP in 3-Day Cup, One-Day encounters

Throughout the course of last week, Border faced Western Province in the 2016/17 Sunfoil 3-Day Cup and CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge in Cape Town, which spanned from Thursday until Sunday.

In the 3-Day encounter at Newlands, which commenced on Thursday, Border were asked to bat first and with a 3.47 run-rate got off the mark with a total of 220 all out.

In response, WP surpassed the total by prolonging their wickets a little better making 286 all out with a run-rate of 3.5 – only 0.03 better than that of Border. The 66-run lead; however still put the match into contention with no formal conclusion setting aside the victors.

Although no half-centurions, Border tail-ender Phaphama Fojela, delivered the most with the bat scoring an unbeaten 46. Somila Seyibokwe also batted well, making 45.

On the other side of the crease, WP’s Michael Cohen (3/29) and Shaheen Khan (2/12) contributed the most in their spells.

In WP’s 286 make-up, there saw building blocks of one half-centurion in Pieter Malan, scoring 61 and four additional batters all scoring more than 30, namely: Khan (39), Kyle Verreynne (38), Zubayr Hamza (37) and Matthew Kleinveldt (33).

Fojela bowled well with figures of 4/57 and was backed-up by Sinovuyo Ntuntwana’s 3/62.

In response, Border did not show much improvement, but batted slightly more proficiently in outlasting more balls scoring 226 all out with a 2.88 run-rate in their efforts – surpassing the score for WP to target 161 for victory.

As they took to the crease, it looked as though WP were going through an early innings crumble after losing four wickets before the 10th over, but then managed to build up enough composure for an unbeaten 102-run sixth-wicket partnership between Verreynne and Dayyaan Galiem to reach the target with five wickets to spare.

Winning by five wickets in the 36th over, Verreynne (79 not out) and Galiem (38 not out) were the redeemers in the middle. Fojela and Ntuntwana were again the pick of the bowlers, taking two wickets each.

The One-Day Challenge encounter, played at the Western Province Cricket Club in Cape Town on Sunday, saw yet a steadfast batting performance from WP.

Asked to bat first again, Border set out and projected a beatable total of 170 all out in 42.4 overs. The pick of the batsmen were Gionne Koopman (39) and Avumile Mnci (32 not out).

For WP, Mthiwekhaya Nabe bowled well with his 4/27 innings’ figures.

In their total chase, WP immediately gained ascendency when opener, Pieter Malan partnered with the ranks as he scored an unbeaten 85 to their target.

Partnering well with Malan, Hamza scored 54 not out to help WP reach their target comfortably with 172/2 and 72 balls to spare. For Border, Fojela and Darryl Brown dually-contributed with a wicket apiece.

WP and Border are both placed in Pool A in the 2016/17 Sunfoil 3-Day Cup, with the Cape side currently placed first with 119.46 table points and having won five games out of nine and only losing one.

Border is now third-last (fifth) with 61.04 points and has only won one match out of eight so far. In the CSA One-Day Challenge fold, Border are placed last in Pool A with just six points and one victory out of eight.

WP, slightly less accomplished in the 50-over tournament, are placed fourth in Pool A with four wins out of nine and 20 table points.

Border is set to play South Western Districts at the Mercedes Benz Park, East London, in the 3-Day Cup on the 9th of March and the One-Day Challenge on March the 12th.

Image: Darryl Brown of Border took his 200th first class wicket against WP.