Royals seek redemption at Alice

DON’T SLIP: Komani Royals faced Super Eagles from Mdantsane in a Border promotional league game at the TW Higgs fields on Sunday Picture: NTSIKELELO QOYO

Tomorrow Komani Royals travel to Alice in hopes to secure a top-four finish before the border promotional league season ends this March.

They will be looking to bounce back when they face the number two log placed side, Alice Cricket Club, after a disappointing showing last week against a visiting, Super Eagles.

The match, against the Mdantsane based side, was played at the TW Higgs fields at Queen’s College last Sunday.

It was a tough outing for the home team suffering a massive eight-wicket defeat to the current log leaders.

Royals’ skipper Anathi Joe won the toss and elected to bat. His team never got going, however, losing wickets regularly.

The whole team was out by the 37th over, with just 113 on the board. Siphiwo Ndaba was the top batsman with 21 runs.

The Super Eagles were ruthless in reply. They finished the game in the 15th over, having lost only two wickets.

The opening partnership between Chumani Yozi and Leon Nkopo took the game away from the home side. They made 49 before Yozi was eventually dismissed by Marvin Groep for 54.

Siphamandla Mandara took to the crease, hit 30 and was removed by Keagan Isaacs. The innings was finished by Nkopo who got 19 runs together with Likhaya Mgangxela who contributed four.

Joe said not practicing regularly had affected the team’s performance. “We aren’t building partnerships. Players are not communicating at the crease and end up losing wickets because they are trying to chase or set a big score as quickly as possible,” he said.

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