Siseko Dalamba Cricket Club celebrated its first win in the 2019/2020 Queenstown Internal League when they beat the Warriors by 86 runs at the Nkwanca Primary School cricket pitch on Saturday.
Siseko’s Hlonela Menzi,16, had a stellar performance with his bowling figures of four for 32 to help his team launch its victory.
The youngster, who is the grandson of former Mlungisi Cricket Club coach, Lwazi Shenxane, was on fire bagging his haul in just 3.5 overs.
One of the opening batsmen, Elthan Jantjies, scored 47 in 41 balls, including seven fours and a six which helped his team to 158 for 9 after winning the toss and batting first.
Left hand batsman Keeghan Isaacs made a significant contribution when he took his stance before the crease by scoring an impressive 25 runs from 29 balls, including three fours, helping him to increase his team’s overall score.
Isaacs made a solid overall contribution in the opening partnership by scoring 53 runs in 10 overs.
In the Warriors innings, Menzi rocked the opponent’s boat when he started taking out batsmen in the eighth over.
By then, the Warriors had raced to 26 for one after eight overs, but Menzi got his first wicket by taking out Sibabalwe Mabeka for a duck with his third ball and then sent Sibonokuhle Pongwana (5) on his way with his 12th delivery.
The Warriors most realistic chance of winning came when the senior player, a top run-scorer in the league, Chuma Mgwayi scored 38 from 29 balls, boasting five fours, came in to bat. However, he too succumbed to Menzi’s bowling.
The Siseko team won the match by 86 runs and got a bonus point. The man of the match was Isaacs for his batting and bowling figures.
Meanwhile, a match between the Spartans and Sada Cricket Club was postponed due to weather conditions on Sunday.