New chal­lenge awaits Bloe­men­dal

The Herald (South Africa) - - Horse Racing - Alvin Reeves reevesa@ti­soblack­

New­com­ers Bloe­men­dal face a fresh test of their cre­den­tials when they host an NMB Pre­mier League 50-over cricket dou­ble-header this week­end.

Eight matches will be played as the 50-over for­mat starts, but fix­tures will not in­clude Madibaz 1 and 2 teams, whose play­ers are writ­ing ex­ams.

Bloe­men­dal en­joyed a suc­cess­ful in­tro­duc­tion into the top flight of EP club cricket by mak­ing the semi­fi­nals of the re­cent T20 May­oral Cup.

In the longer ver­sion they will fancy their chances at their home ground in Fin­nis Street, which has proven to be the grave­yard of op­po­si­tion teams.

Their first op­po­nents on Satur­day are United Broth­ers, who had a su­perb run in the league last sea­son.

On Sun­day, they host SA Home Loans Union, who will be hop­ing to ex­act a mea­sure of re­venge af­ter los­ing to Bloe­men­dal in the May­oral Cup.

PECC face BLG Gel­van­dale on Satur­day and Tav­cor Com­mer­cial Old Grey on Sun­day.

Both matches will be played on St Ge­orge’s A.

The two note­wor­thy der­bies will see Jen­damark United tak­ing on Mother­well on Satur­day and Su­pers­par Des­patch and Uiten­hage lock horns.

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