NCC have it all to do af­ter shaky start

Diamond Fields Advertiser - - SPORT - DAVE ALEXAN­DER SPORTS RE­PORTER SPORTS RE­PORTER IN PORT EL­IZ­A­BETH

THE NORTH­ERN Cape Cricket are up in Cen­tu­rion this week and are set to take on North­erns in their sec­ond CSA Three-Day Pro­vin­cial Cup match, start­ing to­day and run­ning till Satur­day, and the CSA Pro­vin­cial One-Day Chal­lenge en­counter that is sched­uled to take place on Sun­day.

In their first out­ing of the sea­son, North­ern Cape were ham­mered by Western Prov­ince at New­lands ear­lier this month, go­ing down by 10 wick­ets in the three­dayer, but they man­aged to win the One-Day Chal­lenge match by a sin­gle wicket. In that game Western Prov­ince were dis­missed for 188 and the NCC team reached the tar­get for the loss of nine wick­ets, get­ting home with 26 balls to spare.

Af­ter one-dayer North­ern Cape coach Loots Bos­man sounded the warn­ing that his team will need to pull up their socks de­spite the win. “Yes we won the One-day match and I am not happy as yet, as we still need to play smart cricket and do well as a team. Our bowl­ing was OK and have closed the gap as a bowl­ing unit, while the bat­ting needs to im­prove dras­ti­cally and quickly be­cause we will be up against tougher bowl­ing at­tacks.”

And that “tougher” chal­lenge may very well be what they will be fac­ing from to­day.

NCC SQUAD

Dri­aan Bruwer, Jac­ques Sny­man, Gio­vanni Joseph, Aubrey Swanepoel, Farhaan Sayan­vala (c), Mtabozuko Nqam, Avu­mile Mnci (wk),Des­mond de Koker, Kag­isho Mo­hale, Zakhele Qwabe, Nangamso Mqaleni, Akhona Kula, Si­novuyo Ntunt­wana. SINETHEMBA Qeshile fell one run shy of a maiden cen­tury as the War­riors en­joyed a pro­gres­sive third day of their Four-Day Do­mes­tic Se­ries en­counter against the VKB Knights in Port El­iz­a­beth yes­ter­day.

The 19-year-old made 99 (187 balls, 12x4s) and was an in­te­gral part of the hosts adding 140 for the fi­nal three wick­ets to amass 457.

Lutho Si­pamla then grabbed two wick­ets as the Knights reached stumps on 154/4 thanks to half-cen­turies by Luthando Mnyanda and Pite van Biljon – still trail­ing by 24 at St Ge­orge’s Park.

It capped an­other good day for the East­ern Cape fran­chise, who had started out on 329/7. Qeshile, play­ing in just his sev­enth first­class game, was bat­ting with Sisanda Ma­gala at the time and the Knights would have been hop­ing to roll them over quickly.

But the lat­ter made 36 and added 87 for the eighth wicket be­fore he de­parted, with the for­mer fol­low­ing 30 runs later when he was one short of three fig­ures – Stan­dard Bank Proteas pace­man Duanne Olivier the one to dis­ap­point him when he had him caught at third slip by Kee­gan Petersen.

It was none­the­less an im­pres­sive in­nings and con­tin­ued the growth of the rookie bats­man af­ter he smashed his pre­vi­ous best score of 69.

An­rich Nortjé (16 not out) and Si­pamla (11) then fur­ther frus­trated the Cen­tral Fran­chise, be­fore pick of the bowlers Olivier (4/119) ended the in­nings.

The same two War­riors bowlers also did it with the ball by get­ting rid of Grant Mokoena (1) and Petersen (15) to leave the Knights on 23/2. But they fought back through Mnyanda’s 52 (105 balls, 8x4s, 1x6) which was part of a bat­tling 85-run third wicket stand with Van Biljon.

Although the for­mer fell with Rudi Sec­ond (7) fol­low­ing, Van Biljon re­mained un­beaten at stumps with his 58 (123 balls, 9x4s, 1x6) car­ry­ing the day four hopes of the Knights.

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