EP fall short to NW at St.Georges Park in 3-Day Cup, One-Day Challenge encounters

BY MARC JACOBSON - MARCH 16, 2017
EP fall short to NW at St.Georges Park in 3-Day Cup, One-Day Challenge encounters

Eastern Province hosted North West last week, beginning on Thursday 9th of March in back-to-back Sunfoil 3-Day Cup and CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge encounters at St. Georges Park in Port Elizabeth.

EP were asked to bat first in the 3-Day clash and following the loss of their first two wickets before the 14th over on 44/2, the home side looked to see some trouble. A fine 120-run partnership between Edward Moore and Clyde Fortuin then accelerated their side’s progression to the rest of the innings.

The partnership broke when Moore was caught in the 44th over for 81, while Fortuin’s wicket fell just seven overs later for a good 73 runs.

NW then seemingly cracked the EP batting line-up; with Captain Mathew Christensen only really further contributing with his score of 34, as the home side were bowled out for 258 in the 89th over.

Brady Barends bowled well for NW, taking 4/49 bowling figures. Ayavuya Myoli and Johannes Diseko backed him up decently, each taking two wickets apiece.

NW showed some drastic inconsistency in their batting line-up, after eight of their 11 batsmen went out for single-digit scores, but two of their other batsmen scored really well in heeding to a decent total.

Opener, Richardt Frenz was one of them and scored a superb 141, partnered strongly with Wihan Lubbe who scored 78, as the two set up a fine 147-run partnership, ultimately steering their side to a 21-run lead with a total of 279 all out.

Luvuyo Adam bowled superbly for EP, achieving 6/87 bowling figures.

In their second innings, EP lasted longer but scored less than in their first innings showing, as they totalled 220 all out from 92.3 overs. Matthew Breetzke top-scored with 47 and was backed up well by Fortuin who made 42 before being run out.

Diseko once again contributed well with the ball and rounded 5/63 bowling figures, as NW now had to target 200 for victory in their second innings.

In their chase, NW started well, but almost cracked in a late slump, losing four wickets in just 10 balls, before finally, to their relief, achieving the total on 200/8 in the 39th over, winning by two wickets.

Kagiso Rapulana top-scored with the bat, making 79 and EP’s Lutho Sipamla bowled exceptionally after accomplishing 5/53 figures.

In the One-Day Challenge encounter on Sunday, the match was restricted to 26 overs each after the day succumbed to rain. NW chose to bat first and scored a decent 166/6 in their 26 allotted overs, as the side saw two half-centurions in Andrew Malan (53) and Lubbe (51).

Solo Nqweni (2/21) and Anrich Nortje (2/37) contributed the most with the ball for EP.

EP were then all picked off in their restricted overs showdown, with Moore being the only prominent scorer, making 50 – as EP slumped to 143 all out and losing the game by 23 runs.

EP now place third in Pool B in the 3-Day Cup with 74.6 points, and first in Pool B in the One-Day Challenge, but 10th in the overall Cross-Pool. This was EP’s last back-to-back encounters for the 2016/17 season.