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Waterkloof and Garsfontein send strong message in 1st round of Noordvaal Gunn & Moore Playoffs

By Franco Oberholzer , in Cricket | News , at 2023-10-26

Hoërskool Waterkloof and Hoërskool Garsfontein sent a strong message to their opponents in their respective first clashes of the Noordvaal Gunn & Moore competition by securing convincing victories.

On Saturday, Waterkloof thumped Hoërskool Centurion by a whopping 224 runs, while Garsfontein outplayed Hoërskool Kempton Park on Monday, claiming a comfortable eight-wicket victory.

The Klofies won the toss and elected to bat first, with the goal of setting Centurion a mammoth total to chase.

Wian Ruthven got the home side off to a flyer. He found his rhythm from ball one, and it sounded like gunshots as his bat made clean contact with the ball, bludgeoning it to all parts of the ground. The opening batsman wasted no time, rocketing to an eye-catching 115 from only 89 deliveries. His innings included 13 boundaries, consisting of nine fours and four sixes. This meant that 60 of his 115 runs came from boundaries alone.

His captain, Beukes van den Berg, continued his wonderful form from earlier in the week, falling just 10 runs short of a well-deserved century. Van den Berg also hit his straps from the start, with his 90 coming from only 75 deliveries, including nine fours and three sixes, for a strike rate of 120.

Further impactful contributions from the hard-hitting Marcus Bakker (64, 50b) and Alexander Volschenk (56, 38b) helped the Klofies reach an intimidating 385 all out.

Logan Fourie was the pick of the Centurion bowlers, removing four batsmen, but he was on the expensive side of things, finishing with figures of 4/71.

Facing a daunting run chase, Centurion were unable to mount a challenge. Losing wickets at regular intervals, the visitors soon found themselves in dire straits at 87/7. That’s when Charl Prinsloo stepped up and stunted the Centurion attack, making a well-constructed 69 from 66 deliveries.

This, however, was the only highlight from the Centurion innings as Jacques van der Merwe (2/7) and co. ensured that the Klofies advanced to the semi-finals after bundling out their opposition for a disappointing 141.

The Garsfontein Ysbere also produced a superb all-round team performance in their clash with Kempton Park, who mustered only 92 all out, batting first.

Nayleo Sana was the pick of the bowlers for the team from the Jacaranda City, claiming an impressive 4/21. He was well backed up by Stefan van Staden (2/11) and Deon van Huysteen (2/13) as the bowling outfit from the Garsies took charge.

Chasing a small target for victory, Mohammed Islam laid down the law with a quickfire 51 from just 26 deliveries to set his team up for a comfortable win.

Reuben van Zyl’s contribution of 25 proved to be the final nail in the coffin as Garsfontein’s Ysbere cruised to a straightforward eight-wicket victory to book their spot in the final four.

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Summarised scorecards: 

Waterkloof 385/10 (Wian Ruthven 115, Beukes van den Berg 90, Marcus Bakker 64, Alexander Volschenk 56, Riley Miller 25; Logan Fourie 4/71, Elgun Boecker 2/55); Hoërskool Centurion 141/10 (Charl Prinsloo 69; Jacques van Niekerk 2/7, Divan Beukes 2/23, Wian Ruthven 2/25). Waterkloof won by 244 runs.

Hoërskool Kempton Park 92/10 (Floors Mynhardt 24; Nayleo Sana 4/21, Stefan van Staden 2/11, Deon van Huysteen 2/13); Garsfontein 97/2 (Mohammed Aslam 51*, Reuben van Zyl 25; Marko van Voorst 1/19). Garsfontein won by eight wickets. 

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