Border win one, lose one as they hosted SWD in 3-Day Cup and One-Day Challenge clashes
Border, at the conclusion of last week hosted South Western Districts in back-to-back Sunfoil 3-Day Cup and CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge encounters, in a comprised Warriors’ franchise spectacle.
The 3-Day match-up commenced on Thursday and SWD were asked to set-out and bat first. In their efforts, they were restricted to a meek 111 all out after just 41.3 overs with seven of the 11 batsmen not making it past 10.
Top-scorer, but no over-achiever at all for SWD, was Andrea Agathangelou – making 25. Border’s Phaphama Fojela starred with the ball, achieving 5/31 figures and Sinovuyo Ntuntwana took 2/17 bowling figures.
Not buckling for their overtake, Border overpowered to 250 all out after 72.1 overs, additionally with a quicker run-rate of 3.46. They lost their first wicket in the very first over, but managed to keep their composure for an intimidating 139-run lead.
Somila Seyibokwe was the only half-centurion for Border with his score of 53. Clayton Bosch also batted well, scoring 47, and down the order Fojela contributed with his score of 34.
For SWD’s attack, Nkululeko Serame contributed the most with figures of 3/48. Gurshwin Rabie, Glenton Stuurman and Marcello Piedt also all combined with each taking two wickets apiece.
SWD showed a much-improved batting display in their second innings, just over doubling their first score but unable to post a winning target with their score of 224 all out.
Niel Hornbuckle and Agathangelou managed to, however, post the highest partnership in the match with a combined 60 runs – each scoring 69 and 49 respectively.
Fojela again contributed well with the ball, achieving 3/39, backed up by Darryl Brown (2/26) and Clayton Bosch (2/43).
Needing just 86 runs for victory on Saturday in the third and final day, the match was there for the taking for Border, as they eased to 86/3 – winning the game by seven wickets.
Gionne Koopman finished up on the crease; making 24 not out and Marco Marais batted decently in their easy chase with his score of 29.
Stuurman took 2/24 bowling figures for SWD.
At the same ground on Sunday, the two sides took to a 50-over game with Border being asked to bat first.
In a reversed affair, SWD’s attack looked on-point in the limited overs, as they restricted Border to just 179 all out in the 40th over. Losing their first four wickets before the 15th over, the East London side looked to crumple in gaining ascendency, as Piedt (4/30) and Siyabonga Booi (3/22) contributed the best with the ball for SWD.
Marais and Darryl Brown were the pick of the batsmen with scores of 53 and 43 respectively.
SWD chased considerably well, and with little pressure on their hands, produced some fine, composed batting with only four batsmen taking to the crease, and all four tallying up the runs.
Agathangelou once again batted superbly, scoring 65 not out and was partnered handily by Brendon Louw (28 not out), as they shared the highest partnership of 94 runs not out and took their side home to win by a comfortable eight wickets with a mass 101 balls spare.
Stuurman and Hornbuckle opened well making 52 and 28 respectively, as SWD showed full redemption from their 3-Day game.
Brown managed to take the only two wickets for Border with 2/21 bowling figures.
With each team placed in Pool A of each respective tournament, Border is placed fourth in the 3-Day Cup with 74.04 points and SWD sixth with 51.46 points.
In the CSA One-Day Challenge, SWD top Border in second-last and last positions respectively with a game in-hand on seven points, while Border have four points. Each side has so far won only one game.
Border is set to play their next back-to-back encounters against Gauteng beginning on March the 23rd at Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg and on the same dates SWD are scheduled to face North West at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.
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