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Marais Viljoen books Noordvaal final against Waterkloof

By Franco Oberholzer , in Cricket | News , at 2023-11-05

Marais Viljoen booked their place in the Fain Noordvaal final against Waterkloof next week after a four-wicket victory over Potchefstroom Gimnasium on Saturday.

In a scintillating team performance, they chased down 186 in only the 29th over of their reply.

Tristan van Schalkwyk stood out for the winners, leading the way with both ball and bat. He, firstly, snared two wickets for 43 runs and then added 42 from 45 deliveries with the bat.

Tiaan Kuhn also impressed with a wonderful display of new-ball bowling, returning the best figures of the day of 2/19. Juan Steyn was equally impressive in his spell of 2/22 from 6.5 overs.

Sheldon van Wyk lent Van Schalkwyk good support at the crease, making a vital 33 from 45 balls as the duo compiled a wonderfully constructed 84-run opening partnership to set their side on the path to victory.

In a disappointing batting performance by the Gimmies, it was only their stalwart, Zavier van Rensburg, who looked comfortable at the crease. He hit eight fours and top scored with a fantastic 81 from 84 deliveries to dominate his team’s total of 186.

Caiden Seleka caused Marais Viljoen trouble in their run chase, sending three batsmen packing as he claimed three wickets for 41 runs in nine overs, while Marnu Cronje chipped in with two wickets, but he was a touch expensive, conceding 51 runs from his seven overs.

Dewan Marais rocketed Marais Viljoen to victory by striking a blistering 47 from just 25 balls as he and Aldre Huyzers (30, 35b*) combined for an important partnership of 59 runs. Their efforts carried the side from Alberton to the win with four wickets to spare.

Their reward is a showdown with North-South T20 champions, Waterkloof, for the Noordvaal title.

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Summarised Scorecard 

Potchefstroom Gimnasium 186/10 (Zavier van Rensburg 81: Tiaan Kuhn 2/19, Juan Steyn 2/22, Declan Botes 2/25, Tristan van Schalkwyk 2/43): Marais Viljoen 187/6 (Dewan Marais 47, Van Schalkwyk 42, Sheldon van Wyk 33, Aldre Huyzers 30*; Caiden Seleka 3/41, Marnu Cronje 2/51). Marais Viljoen won by four wickets. 

Franco Oberholzer
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