THE Sisonke Cricket Club (SCC) travelled from King William’s Town to Komani on a mission of putting Royals’winning streak to an end over the weekend
Royals won the toss and elected to bat first. Darryl van der Mescht and Marvin Groep started off well and managed to stay in the middle and deal with the new ball. Groep was the first batsman to lose his wicket due to a LBW.
Two overs later, Mescht was caught at square-leg when he was rushed by a short ball which lobbed into the fielders’ hands. The fall of the two wickets brought Siphiwo Ndaba 53(90) and Paul du Toit 58(82) to the crease, who soaked up the bowling pressure and worked their way to both their respective half-centuries.
Ndaba and du Toit showed great chemistry as a pair, reading the field well and making the bowlers frustrated with attempts to take their wickets. After a 76 run partnership between the two batsmen, Ndaba lost his wicket as he was caught behind the stumps.
Royals had a few batsmen who got good starts, but unfortunately did not have enough continuity to add more points to a good foundation. Mkululi Takane came in at number seven and could only manage to score 25 (32) before running himself out in the 44th over.
Royals posted 223/10 in 49 overs, their highest total they have posted in the league thus far.
SCC went in to bat after lunch looking to finish the game early but Reinhardt Stride (10 overs – 1 maiden – 32 runs – 1 wicket) and Takane had other ideas. Stride took the new ball and bowled with pace and precision that troubled the SCC openers.
At the other end, Takane (9.5 overs – 2 maidens – 39 runs – 4 wickets) was more consistent on the line outside off-stump, but in the first two overs, SCC batsmen had luck on their side edging three boundaries before Takane’s consistency and patients paid off as he got three quick wickets.
Royals wicket-keeper, Atholston Tobias, put up an exceptional performance as he took magnificent athletic catches behind the stumps to put Royals in a good position.
Royals started to feel the pressure and some poor fielding and dropped catches did not help the cause. Groep (10 overs – 2 maidens – 46 runs – 3 wickets) came in as bowler number five and he slowed down the run rate and made life difficult for the two set batsmen.
Royals came back to life after they took a wicket. SCC needed four runs to win and it was a nail-biting finish with Takane missing the block hole on his fifth attempt and bowling a half-volley that was smashed over mid-on for six. SCC won a game that was set to go down in the history books. Picture: PROVIDED