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Conradie charge gets Boland Landbou back to winning ways

By Willem Louw , in Cricket | News , at 2023-10-08

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Boland Landbou returned to winning ways on day three of the Izuntaba Potch Gimmies Cricket Festival with a solid performance against the Northwood team of stayers.

After losing out to Marais Viljoen in their previous outing on Saturday by the narrowest of margins, just eight runs, Boland regrouped well to beat the team from Durban with four wickets to spare.

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Stefan Conradie led the charge for the boys from Paarl with an unbeaten innings of 95 as the Western Cape side chased down the 183 posted by the Northwood Invitational team.

The stalwart opener stood his ground against the Northwood bowlers, facing 97 deliveries while establishing a stable platform from which his team could chip away at the victory target.

Marius du Plessis, a standout for his side throughout the tournament, was on song again, scoring 41 runs and taking three wickets.

The Northwood innings started strongly, but after Kagan McMeekin was run out on 76 their batting crumbled in the face of good bowling from Du Plessis and Conradie, who picked off the middle-order for minimal loss, which left Boland Landbou with a reasonable total to chase.

Following their win, they will be looking forward to their final game against Hoërskool Trio on Monday. Another win would see them ending on a high note and taking a healthy dollop of momentum into the 2023/24 season.

Klerksdorp High School, after two emphatic wins, finally met their match and suffered their first loss of the festival against the Westville Boys’ High Invitational team.

Dandre Slabbert started off promisingly for Klerksdorp as they took to the middle first. He struck a six and three fours in a knock of 21 from 30 deliveries, which underlined his positive intent.

Unfortunately for Slabbert, he and his teammates simply didn’t have any answers for the accurate left-arm spin of Roxton Payne.

Payne dismissed all four of Klerksdorp’s top order batsmen for only 17 runs, stifling their attack before it had a chance to get going.

The Westville boys, who notched their third win on the trot, following victories over Monument and Brackenfell, chased down the low required total of 55 in 16 overs, with their opener, Chad van Breda, seeing them through with 24 not out.

If they can get past the Affies Invitational team on Monday, Westville will return home with a 100 percent win record.

Dale Slabbert led Dr EG Jansen to a 69-run victory over the Glenwood Invitational XI, by removing four batsmen.

They face Brackenfell, in their last outing of the festival on Monday.

Summarised scorecards:

Northwood Invitational 183 (Kagan McMeekin 76, Alistair Duncan 28; Marius du Plessis 3/33, Stefan Conradie 3/39); Boland Landbou 184/6 (Stefan Conradie 95*, Marius du Plessis 41, Francois Prins 26; Tuswa Pheta 3/25, Matthew Norton 2/18). Boland Landbou won by four wickets.

Dr EG Jansen 157 (Extras 39, Rico Crouse 21, JP van Staden 20; Akhil Maharaj 3/26, Ntando Vezi 2/22); Glenwood Invitational 88 (Rehaan Jhungbathur 23; Dale Slabbert 4/27, JP van Staden 2/6, Jayden Marcus 2/14). Dr EG Jansen won by 69 runs.

Klerksdorp High School 55 (Dandre Slabbert 21; Roxton Payne 4/17, Sekou Shangase 3/8, Heath Stott 2/16); Westville Boys’ High Invitational 57/4 (Chad Botha 24*; Tumelo Macume 3/28). Westville Boys’ High won by six wickets.

 

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