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Klofie bowlers flex muscles on home turf

By Franco Oberholzer , in Cricket | News , at 2023-09-28

PHOT: Frans Lombard

The Waterkloof bowlers flexed their muscles on home turf against Cornwall Hill in their group-stage encounter of the Titans A-League on Monday.

The home visitors won the toss and elected to bowl first as they looked to make some early inroads on an already-used pitch.

The decision brought on some early success as the home side found themselves in a pickle at 51/4 in the 13th over.

This was set up by a wonderful expedition of new-ball bowling from Tshepo Molete who claimed remarkable figures of 4/43.

However, a 73-run stand between Beukes van der Berg and Riley Miller steadied the ship and got the Klofie innings back on track.

The Klofies’ regained momentum was halted when Miller had to depart with his score on 27 from 35 balls and Waterkloof kept on losing wickets.

Van der Berg kept his composure amidst the chaos around him contributing an impressive 79 from 92 deliveries under severe pressure. The top-order batters’ contribution helped the home side reach a somewhat below-par score of 187 all out as Cornwall went into the break as the happier side.

The tables were soon turned as the Klofie bowlers came out firing, claiming the first Cornwall wicket in only the second over.

Evan Dixon tried valiantly with his 29 from 62 deliveries but even he could not withstand the severe onslaught launched by the home side’s bowling lineup.

Franco Cronje led the Klofie attack with exceptional figures of 3/13 in his outing with the ball. Cronje found support in his fired-up quick, Tristan Luus, who finished the day with breathtaking figures of 2/4 in the nine overs he bowled, recording an economy rate of only 0,44.

Marcus Bakker also got in on the act with equally impressive figures of 2/9, also in nine overs as he too recorded an economy rate of only one run to the the over.

The trio’s remarkable display with the ball, restricted the visitors to a meagre 84 all out, handing Waterkloof a handsome victory of 103 runs, keeping their hunt for the top spot among the Titan Teams alive.

Summarised scorecard:

Waterkloof 187/10 (Beukes van der Berg 79, Riley Miller 27, GJ de Swardt 23; Tshepo Molete 5/43, Jason Jansen 3/42); Cornwall Hill College 84/10 (Evan Nixon 29; Franco Cronjé 3/13, Tristan Luus 2/4, Marcus Bakker 2/9). Waterkloof won by 103 runs.



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