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Sublime Sevenster propels Menlopark to thumping win over SACS

By Franco Oberholzer , in Cricket | News , at 2023-10-14

Willem Sevenster‘s match-winning performance of 113 from only 50 deliveries helped Menlopark cruise to a thumping 150-run victory over SACS in their last pool game in the Westvaal North-South T20 Tournament on Friday.

Opening the batting, Sevenster went out with the intent to take the game to the bowlers.

The wicketkeeper-batsman played some exquisite shots, but the feature of his innings was his ability to hit straight. His knock, played at a tremendous strike rate of 226, included 12 fours and a whopping seven sixes.

Marco Strydom and Pierre de Villiers continued the carnage, with both batting at a run rate of around 200. Strydom, too, peppered the straight boundaries, smashing 36 from just 19 balls. The southpaw, De Villiers, showed an appetite for the spinners, contributing a quickfire 32 in the latter stages of the innings, to help Menlopark tally an intimidating 239/8.

Unfortunately, facing a required run rate of 12 runs per over to win, the visitors from the South crumbled to a disappointing 89 all out. Oliver Whitehead tried valiantly with a counter-attacking 20 from 15 deliveries, but a decisive spell of 4/16 from Steve Stolk sank the SACS hopes of a remarkable victory.

Potchefstroom Volkskool bounced back in style after suffering defeat against Centurion earlier on day two by handing a strong Selborne College outfit a 43-run loss. Louis van Wyk was tremendous with the willow in hand, launching boundaries to all corners of the ground as he pummelled 103 not out from just 45 balls, which set the tone for the Volkies’ batsmen to come.

Berno de Klerk also got in on the act with a significant knock of his own, smashing 86 from 51 deliveries, to lift Volkskool to a massive total of 239 for 9 from their 20 overs.

Selborne, however, weren’t about to lay down and accept defeat. At the crease, they too got off to a good start. Jacques van der Merwe led the charge with a blistering 43 from just 15 balls. Together with Ben van der Merwe (38, 17b) and Ethan Currin (37, 26b) the side from the Eastern Cape put up a valiant fight.

But Berno de Klerk followed up his outstanding batting display with a wonderful spell of 3/41, which played a crucial role in holding the Selbornians to 196 all out.

Grey High came out on top in a one-wicket thriller, won off the last ball of the game, against St Andrew’s School. Kian Cambier‘s 49 from 31 and an important 34 from Marco Giaconi at the top of the order proved pivotal to Grey High’s successful chase of 175 for victory.

For Saints, it was the in-form André du Preez and captain, Connor Nel, who set the tone with the bat. Du Preez notched up a wonderful half-century scoring at more than a run a ball, while Nel’s 50 came off just 29 deliveries as they totalled 174 for 9.

Opening bowler Andrew Sobiech threw the cat amongst the pigeons with an impressive spell of 4/42 to undermine Grey’s run chase. Unfortunately for the Bloemfontein school, it was not quite enough as Grey High sneaked across the line to claim a hard-fought victory.

Summarised Scorecards:

Menlopark 239/8 (Willem Sevenster 113, Marco Strydom 36, Pierre de Villiers 32; Fayyaad Davids 3/49); SACS 89 (Oliver Whitehead 20; Steve Stolk 4/16, Tiaan Serfontein 2/20). Menlopark won by 150 runs.

Potchefstroom Volkskool 239/9 (Louis van Wyk 103*, Berno de Klerk 86, Kobus Pienaar 22; Thomas Marais 2/54); Selborne College 196/10 (Jacques van der Merwe 43, Ben van der Merwe 38, Ethan Currin 37, Aron Senekal 35; Berno de Klerk 3/41, Dian Liebenberg 2/31). Potchefstroom Volskool won by 43 runs.

St Andrew’s School 174/9 (André du Preez 50, Connor Nel 50, Schalk Liebenberg 36; Ben Ristow 2/23, Tristan Grudling 2/44); Grey High School 175/9 (Kian Cambier 49, Marco Giaconi 34; Andrew Sobiech 4/42, Dakalo Leketa 2/15, Conor Nel 2/31). Grey High School won by one wicket.


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