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Hans Moore continue dominance on Day Three of the Gimmie Cricket Festival, Gimmies suffer first loss

By Franco Oberholzer , in Cricket | News , at 2023-10-09

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The Hans Moore 1st XI has proved itself to be the most dominant side at Izuntaba Potch Gimmies Cricket Festival over the course of the first three days. The Hansies’ batsmen managed to better 300 for a third consecutive time, tallying an imposing 313/8 against a decent-looking Helpmekaar College side.

Hansies won the toss and, like the previous two days, chose to bat first. Their impressively consistent top order delivered again, with the top six all contributing 30 runs or more.

On day three, it was Stephan Vermaak who led the way, top scoring with 50 from only 45 deliveries to set the tone for another dominant display from the rest of the Hans Moore lineup.

Warren Minnaar (46, 43b) and Marno Grobler (45, 48b) continued their strong form with two more classy knocks, replete with wonderful stroke-making.

Xavier Coetzee was also among the runs once more, with his 45 playing a vital role in the Hansies tallying 313/8 in their 50 overs.

Aiden Pretorius was the pick of the Helpmekaar bowlers, claiming 1 for 55 from his 10 overs, despite the onslaught of the Hans Moore batsmen.

Replying, the Helpmekaar batters looked comfortable at the crease and put the Hans Moore bowlers to the sword somewhat, for the first time during the festival.

Anthony Stone led the way with an exceptional 88 from 123 deliveries. He was by far the best with willow in hand for the side from Johannesburg and showcased an impressive ability to rotate the strike when under pressure.

However, Sahil Parbhoo, astonishingly, bagged his third five-for in a row, this time snaring 5/27 to undermine the Helpmekaar innings. His spell was well backed up by stalwart Adam Kruger (3/30), and together they ripped the heart out of the Helpmekaar run chase, restricting their opponents to 243 all out, which left Hans Moore with another convincing victory, this time by 79 runs.

Potchefstroom Gimnasium suffered their first defeat of the week, losing by 35 runs against a determined Durbanville side. The men from down South visited the middle first after winning the toss. It didn’t go particularly well for them as the Durbies mustered a meagre 160 before being bundled out.

The bulk of their runs came from an impressive knock of 50 from 68 balls by James du Toit, who has been a consistent performer for the side from the Cape throughout the festival.

Phillip du Plessis was the pick of the Gimmies’ bowlers, knocking over 3/31 in his outing with the ball.

The in-form opening partnership of Tommie Botha (32, 42b) and Marnu Cronje’ (21, 19b) gave the hosts the start they needed in pursuit of 161 to win. However, a decisive spell of 5/21 from Tobie Roelofse changed the course of the match drastically. As the Gimmies’ innings progressed, they found themselves sliding deeper into trouble, with the severe pressure leading to them losing wickets in clusters.

Jan-Pieter Kriel (2/25) and Alexander van Aarde (2/31) also came to the party with their bowling stints. On the day, the Gimmies’ side didn’t have the answers and were rolled over for a disappointing 125 all out.

The Affies Invitational team appears to have hit its straps after claiming a second victory in succession, this time coming out on top against Monument.

Monnas won the toss and followed the day’s trend of batting first. Antoni van Niekerk stood out with a wonderfully constructed 54 from 52 balls, but he would’ve been disappointed to get out just as he attempted to accelerate his scoring. Joshua McCoy chipped in with a much needed 48, and he found valuable support from Werner Darheim (40, 65b).

Those contributions helped Monnas to a respectable 235/7 in their 50 overs. Affies’ SF Vermeulen was the standout with the ball, snapping up an impressive 4/32.

Despite being set a challenging target, the Affie batsmen didn’t appear fazed. Divan de Vries led their reply, striking an unbeaten 53 off of 61 deliveries.

SF Vermeulen backed up his good bowling performance with an exciting 39, and together with contributions of 35 from Ronan Cilliers, as well as a few telling cameos lower down the order, the Pretoria side cruised to a four-wicket victory.

Summarised scorecards: 

Hans Moore 313/8 (Stephan Vermaak 50, Warren Minnaar 46, Marno Grobler 45, Xavier Coetzee 45, Adrian Watson 37, Kenan Shaw 32; Aiden Pretorius 1/55) Helpmekaar 234/10 (Anthony Stone 88, Stefan Lottering 25, Zander Neethling 22, Kevin Olivier 21, Hanru Marais 20; Sahil Parbhoo 5/27, Adam Kruger 3/30, Stephan Vermaak 3/11). Hans Moore won by 79 runs.

Durbanville 160/10 (James du Toit 50: Phillip du Plessis 3/31, Stefan Fourie 2/30, Ruan Lotz 2/52); Potchefstroom Gimnasium 125/10 (Tommie Botha 32, Marnu Cronje 21; Tobie Roelofse 5/21, JP Kriel 2/25, Alexander van Aarde 2/31). Durbanville won by 35 runs. 

Monument 235/7 (Antoni van Niekerk 54, Joshua McCoy 48, Werner Darheim 40, Rieghardt Prinsloo 28; SF Vermeulen 4/32, Janro de Bruin 2/43); Affies Invitational 239/6 (Divan de Vries 53*, SF Vermeulen 39, Ronan Cilliers 35, Zirk Meyer 22, Antonie Fourie 22, William Burgess 20; Durheim 3/59). Affies Invitational won by four wickets. 



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