Siseko Dalamba club claims cup

The Rep - - SPORTSSCENE - SIMTEMBILE MGIDI

In a closely con­tested match, the Siseko Dalamba Cricket Club won the Enoch Mgi­jima Mayor’s Cup cricket tour­na­ment at the Dumpy Adams Sports Com­plex in a closely con­tested match against ri­vals Spar­tans at the week­end.

Dalamba cap­tain Anathi Joe said though the team had been ner­vous about play­ing in a fi­nal they soon set­tled down.

Dalamba won the toss and de­cided to bat first. Joe said they started well in the first in­nings with the bats­men scor­ing 214.

“That score was made by three play­ers, and is re­mark­able in T20 cricket. We out­played them with our bowl­ing and field­ing, but it was a tight match. When we won the toss, I trusted in our bat­ting which is why I chose to bat first.

“We have played against the Spar­tans be­fore. We won­dered if their bowlers would be able to han­dle the T20 for­mat of the game. The last over while we were field­ing was re­ally dif­fi­cult.”

He said the un­even field was chal­leng­ing and al­though they feared whether they would get any prize money due to the fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion of Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, they had played for the love of cricket.

The tour­na­ment had helped them get ready for the Border cricket league.

Dalamba coach Viwe Ngoqo said the Spar­tans open­ing bats­men sent chills down his spine.

Justin Kuyler for Spar­tans had a won­der­ful day at the of­fice with the bat and he put his trust in Joe, who had played with Kuyler for four years in the Border league.

Joe had im­pressed him with his de­ci­sion-mak­ing and cap­taincy.

Ngoqo said the team would not be happy if they did not get their prize money.

“We were look­ing for­ward to get­ting the prize. Not all our com­plaints about the con­di­tion of the fa­cil­i­ties were at­tended to by EMLM,” he said, adding that al­though the team was given money to buy glue to se­cure the pitch mat, the nets were still in a bad con­di­tion.

EMLM had not com­mented by the time of go­ing to print.

Pic­ture: SIMTEMBILE MGIDI

HOWZAT: Siseko Dalamba Cricket Club was crowned the 2018 Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Mayor’s Cup cham­pi­ons af­ter win­ning against the Spar­tans

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