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Hoërskool Piet Potgieter stun Merensky away from home, Bochum still favourites to become champions

By Franco Oberholzer , in Cricket | News , at 2023-09-19

Hoërskool Piet Potgieter managed to stun Merensky Lanbou Akademie when the two schools met in Tzaneen on Saturday.

The side from Potgietersrus won the toss and decided to put the home side in to bat first.

It was a decision that proved to be the right one as Merensky found themselves in heaps of trouble on 104 for 9 in only the 30th over.

Jeandre Strydom was the main contributor with ball in hand and was the responsible party for the Merensky collapse.

The opening bowler managed to bag five Merensky scalps for only 21 runs in the eight overs he bowled. His support came from the equally impressive Du Preez Coetzee who also walked away with two wickets for only 25 runs in the nine overs he delivered.

For Merensky, the only shining light was the impressive youngster, Rinaldo Bornman, who seemingly kept his composure among the chaos to contribute a well-played 38 of 51 deliveries to help his team to a meagre 123 all out.

The visitors got off to the exact start as their counterparts finding themselves at 11 for 4 not long before the lunch break. The home side’s fightback was led by some extraordinary swing-bowling from none other than the inform Luka Heinlein, who impressed with figures of 3/37 and with some support from captain and off-spinner, Maan Mistry (2/35), the pair gave Merensky a glimmer of hope.

However, it was once again the duo of Strydom and Coetzee, who stood up when needed. Strydom’s 34 off 38 balls and Coetzee’s quickfire 28 off just 18 balls got the visitors within range to get over the line in dramatic fashion, claiming a historic victory of two wickets.

Bochum continued their unbeaten run towards the championship in their home victory against a struggling Ben Vorster side.

The Polokwane-based outfit won the toss and decided to bat first, but found themselves in a bit of trouble as Ben Vorsters’ Gideon Goosen, claimed three scalps upfront.

However, this didn’t stop the men from Bochum as Thabang Mokgohloa and Kamagelo Morema had other ideas. Mokgohloa played well for his 41 off 64 balls and together with Morema’s 40 off 46 deliveries, the Bochum score started to grow into something that would be defendable, ending their innings on 182/10.

The Vossie batters seemed to have no answer to the questions asked by the Bochum bowlers as they lost wickets in clusters.

Without any hopes of recovery, Meyer Jacobs stepped up to the plate with a valiant effort of 25 from 26 balls, but it wasn’t enough as Mokoghloa (2/6) and his teammates bundled the visitors out for misally 75 runs to claim a massive 107-run victory.

Summarised scorecards:

Merensky 123/10 from 33.2 overs (Rinaldo Bornman 38, Alfred Nel 27; Jeandre Strydom 5/21, Du Preez Coetzee 2/25); Piet Potgieter 124/8 from 27.5 overs (Jeandre Strydom 34, Du Preez Coetzee 28, Jaque Fourie 20; Luka Heinlein 3/37, Maan Mistry 2/35, Xander Schoeman 2/15) Piet Potgieter won by 2 wickets. 

Bochum 182/10 from 36 overs (Thabang Mokgohloa 41, Kamagelo Morema 40, Victor Sehata 23; Gideon Goosen 3/18, Mjabulo Maseko 3/34, Tristan Buglass 2/30);  Ben Vorster 75/10 from 21.5 overs (Meyer Jacobs 25; Molgohloa 2/6, Morema 2/11, Mahkodi Sekuba 2/11, Tebogo Lethole 2/14) Bochum won by 107 runs. 

error: Sorry ol' chap, those shenanigans are not permissible.