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Knights in historic victory over the Lions

By Hannes Nienaber , in Cricket | News , at 2018-01-05

TL 1346262The opening day of the tenth edition of Cricket South Africa’s Cubs Week in Stellenbosch belonged to the underdogs.

The three top teams at the tournament the Lions, Cape Cobras and Titans all suffered defeats against the three underdogs of the tournament.

The early favourites to bag the title, the Lions, lost against the Knights. The 11-run victory was a historic moment for the Knights who have never managed to defeat the most successful team in the history of the tournament.

Ad to that the fact that the Lions had three SA Schools’ players in Joshua Richards, Curtis Campher and Jacob Miltz in their midst while none of the Knights players made any of the national representative teams after the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week in Johannesburg at the end of last year.

Richards (71) and Campher (27) managed to recover the Lions innings a bit, but Richards needed to bat through if his side was to pull this one through.

The Lions needed 12 runs from the last two overs thanks to some big hitting by Reabetswe Mokgoro (20, 20b) in the 48th over. Brian Kershaw (4/28) however got rid of him with the help of wicketkeeper, Garnett Tarr, in the 49th over to secure the victory.
Tarr (82) also played a leading role with the bat with some patient batting on the slow wicket of Maties’ C-field.

The Dolphins’ Matthew Montgomery (105) recorded the only century on the opening day in his side’s 62-run victory over the Titans. Montgomery faced 135 deliveries in his innings of which he dispatched 11 past the boundary rope with three of them being maximums.

He shared a 105-run partnership with James Ritchie (67*) over the fifth wicket. Montgomery was also one of the in-form batsmen during the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week with 246 runs at an average of 41 runs per innings.

The Warriors secured a four vwickets victory over the Cape Cobras thanks to an unbeaten half-century by Matt Dewar (57*). Dewar and Luke Beaufort (42) combined for a valuable 64-run partnership over the fifth wicket.

Both the Warriors’ SA Schools batsmen, David Rushmere (20) and Sinethemba Qeshile (1), was already back in the changeroom with the team struggling at 57/4 chasing 183 when these two joined forces.

Summarised Scorecards:

Knights 201/8 (Garnett Tarr 82, Marx de Villiers 28; Bryce Parsons 2/24); Lions 190 (Joshua Richards 71, Curtis Campher 27; Brian Kershaw 4/28). Knights won by 11 runs.

Cape Cobras 182 (Justin Broad 67, Sinalo Gobeni 33; Matt Dewar 2/12, Siphamandla Krweqe 2/31); Warriors 183/6 (Matt Dewar 57*, Luke Beaufort 42, Extras 29; Sinalo Gobeni 2/20, Achille Cloete 2/42). Warriors won by four wickets.

Dolphins 261/5 (Matthew Montgomery 105, James Ritchie 67*, Thamsanqa Khumalo 46; Glen Groenewald 1/15); Titans 199/8 (Francois van Heerden 60, Glen Groenewald 38, Nico van Zyl 28*; Sean Gilson 2/32, James Ritchie 2/38). Dolphins won by 62 runs.

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