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Champions and Superstars only unbeaten sides left at Cubs Week

By Hannes Nienaber , in Cricket | Featured Cricket | News Featured | Main , at 2024-01-06 Tags:

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA – JANAURY 05: Muhammed Bulbulia of Western Legends during the match between Central Gladiators and Western Legends on day 1 of the 2024 CSA Cubs Week at Coetzenburg Oval on January 05, 2024 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

STELLENBOSCH. – The Northern Champions and Southern Superstars are the only undefeated sides left after the second day of Cricket South Africa’s annual Cubs Week here.

The Champions needed a proper team effort to defeat the Conquerors by four wickets on the Coetzenburg Oval. In the end, it was the heroics of Modise Maloka (39*) and Tristan Luus (28*) that got their team over the line.

Luus faced a mere nine deliveries to relieve the pressure on his side. Maloka kept a cool head, facing 20 deliveries, while scoring at almost two runs a ball. Their unbeaten partnership of 39 runs for the seventh wicket took only 12 minutes and 15 deliveries and broke the Conquerors’ hearts.

It was the second match in a row that one of the Conquerors’ batsmen scored a century in a losing cause. This time around it was opening batsman Hayden Bishop (112).

The foundation for the Champions’ victory was laid by a 101-run partnership for the third wicket between Lukas van Rensburg (62) and Lethabo Phahlamohlaka (45). Opening batsman Mohammed Aslam (72) played a crucial innings, setting a solid foundation with a strong knock at the top of the order.

Luus also shone with the ball, dismissing five of the Conquerors’ batsmen for 50 runs.

The Southern Superstars’ Paul James (103) starred with a match-winning century as his team handed the Western Legends an 89-run loss. He and Mbulelo Dube (25*) shared a vital 113-run partnership for the ninth wicket.

The Superstars were wobbling on 129/8 when Dube joined James out in the middle. Their stand, undoubtedly, saved the home side from defeat.

Ludwich Schuld (61), once again, put up a valiant fight with the bat for the Western Legends. He put on a 101-run partnership with Thuto Matjoi (49) that threatened to take the game away from the Superstars.

Sibulele Sibanzana (3/17) and Enathi Kitshini (3/45), however, had other plans as the Legends were bowled out for only 179 runs.

The Eastern Warriors will feel relieved after securing a very comfortable victory of 161 runs against the Central Gladiators.

Their captain, Jean Upman (77), led from the front, with Randy Syce (84) also contributing a half-century. They joined forces for a 150-run fourth wicket partnership to help their side to 277/9 in their allotted 50 overs.

For the Gladiators, only Gomolemo Phiri (44) and Tjaart Mentz (26*) managed to keep the Warriors’ bowling attack at bay for any length of time. Sibusiso Mxube (3/23) was the pick of the bowlers, and he also contributed 45 runs to the Warriors’ winning total.

Spin bowler Esa Gangat tied up the Gladiators’ batsmen, picking up two wickets for a miserly 15 runs in his 7.4 overs. In June 2023, he represented the SA u19 team on their tour of Bangladesh.

Summarised Scorecards

Coastal Conquerors 308/9 (Hayden Bishop 121, Semal Pillay 83, Blake Simpson 33, Murray Baker 23, Extras 23; Tristan Luus 5/50, Juan Steyn 2/47); Northern Champions 309/6 (Mohammad Aslam 72, Lukas van Rensburg 62, Lethabo Phahlamohlaka 45, Modise Maloka 39*, Tristan Luus 28*, Jorich van Schalkwyk 21; Ross Coetzee 2/41, Ross Boast 2/51). Northern Champions won by four wickets.

Eastern Warriors 277/9 (Randy Syce 84, Jean Upman 77, Sibusiso Mxube 45, Extras 24; Fayaaz Vawda 2/44, Corné Botha 2/47, Callum Richie 2/50); Central Gladiators 116 (Gomolemo Phiri 44, Tjaart Mentz 26*; Sibusiso Mxube 3/23, Esa Gangat 2/15). Eastern Warriors won by 161 runs.

Southern Superstars 268 (Paul James 103, Kashief Joseph 38, Siyabonga Venge 33, Mbulelo Dube 25*, Beni Hansen 23; Darion Rabie 2/31, Thuto Matjoi 2/42); Western Legends 179 (Ludwich Schuld 61, Thuto Matjoi 49; Sibulele Sibanzana 3/17, Enathi Kitshini 3/45, Raeeq Daniels 2/32). Southern Superstars won by 89 runs.


Hannes Nienaber
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