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Transvalia steamroll Driehoek, Dr. Malan comes out on top against Heidelberg Volksool in Easterns’ League

By Franco Oberholzer , in Cricket | News , at 2023-09-13

Transvalia managed to bounce back after their defeat to Dr Malan last week. The team from Vander Bijl were put in to bat first by the visiting Hoërskool Driehoek. 

Transvalia got off to a good start after losing an early wicket. Joggie Malherbe (86, 97b) and the in-form southpaw, Rico Fourie (82, 75b) laid down the law as the pair put the Driehoek bowlers under severe pressure with a magnificent 145-run partnership for the second wicket, before Fourie was sent back to the changing room.

From there it seemed that scoring became easier, as the Transvalia batters capitalized on the solid foundation laid by the top order.

Jarid Francis rubbed more salt into Driehoeks’ wounds as he teed off to make a ridiculous 126 of just 49 deliveries as the power hitters’ innings helped his team to a total of 403/6 in their allotted 50 overs.

In the midst of the chaos, Enrico Farinha stood out with the ball for Driehoek. Farinha bagged figures of 3/69, including the two big scalps of Fourie and Malherbe.

With their backs against the wall, the Driehoek batters struggled to put together any partnerships as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Mjee Roets was the danger man for the home side as he ran through Driehoeks’ defences to walk away with impressive figures of 5/26.

Farinha (12,30b) once again showed his fighting spirit with the bat, but soon fell victim to the continuous pressure applied by the Tranvalia attack as Driehoek were restricted to a misly 65 all out, handing the home side a mammoth 338 run victory.

Dr Malan continued their impressive form in the league thus far as they came out on top against Heidelberg Volksool.

Volkies won the toss and elected to bat first. Matthew Wentzel (40, 60b) and Anrich Hanekom (39, 76b) got the visitors off to a good start with an opening partnership of 92 runs. From there it seemed to go a bit pair shaped for the side from Heidelberg as they lost wickets at a rapid pace.

Dewald Erasmus (3/25) and Tristan Ashwin (3/22) were at the forefront of the onslaught as the pair bagged six wickets between them. Albie Botha steadied a sinking Volkskool ship with a well-played 38 of 46 deliveries as he helped his team reach a total of 197 all out.

Dr Malan seemed to be batting on a different pitch as they got off to a comfortable start in search of the 198 runs required for victory. Juan Jardin looked composed at the crease as he top-scored with 57 coming off a run-a-ball. His partner in crime, Luhan Roux looked equally comfortable as he too notched up a well-played 55 of 66 balls before he retired hurt.

Tristan Ashwin backed up his suburb bowling spell with a very good cameo of 26 from 76 balls, helping his side cross the line comfortably to bag a five-wicket victory at home.

Summarised scorecards:

Transvalia 403/6 (Jarod Francis 126*, Joggie Malherbe 86, Rico Fourie 82, Nandus Mclean 32; Enrico Farinha 3/69, Jonothan Thomas 2/81); Driehoek 65/10 (Enrico Farinha 12; Mjee Roets 5/26, Kyle Cutler 3/5, Dylan Steinmann 2/18). Transvalia won by 338 runs.

Heidelberg Volkskool 197/10 (Matthew Wentzel 40, Anrich Hanekom 39, Albie Botha 38; Dewald Erasmus 3/25, Tristan Ashwin 3/22, Luka Pretorius 2/33); Dr Malan 198/5 (Juan Jardin 57, Luhan Roux 55, Tristan Ashwin 26, Keagan Meyer 20; Jarron Erasmus 1/18) Dr. Malan won by five wickets. 


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