Makathini’s bowling skill set breaks CH team’s batting momentum

SOLID PREPARATIONS: Mlungisi Warriors playing against Chris Hani cricket team in preparations for premier game scheduled to be played in East London. Picture: UVIWE JARA

Chris Hani Cricket Team played a T20 Game against Mlungisi Warriors first Team at Nkwanca High School ground on Saturday.

The encounter was in preparation for premier games set to be hosted in East London by the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.

Mlungisi Warriors won the toss and decided to bat first. Despite losing a wicket early, their batters rallied and showed great teamwork with everyone contributing to the team’s 144 tally at the end of the 20th over.

Chris Hani bowlers showed excellent performance, showcasing patience and discipline that ultimately restricted Mlungisi Warriors to 144. Mlungisi Warriors batsman Iviwe Selane batted the whole innings with grit and determination that led to a debut half century off 66 balls.

Chris Hani came to the crease with hope flying high, and began their innings with a fantastic start, reaching 45 runs without any loss.

But it was Luutho Makathini’s bowling skillset played a pivotal role in breaking their batting momentum.

Chris Hani continued to play their ball even when Mlungisi Warriors kept on bowling them out.

Makathini’s was the hero for his side, taking down the last batsman to secure nail-biting three-run win.

Onelisiwe Nondumo showcased his exceptional form by claiming four wickets for 16 runs, while Caleb Brendt contributed significantly with five wickets for 29 runs.

Viwe Yawa, the Inspire Academy and under 19 coach responsible for the team representing the district in the premier games, said: “Since cricket was not included in the district mayor’s cup, we had to make plans for the readiness of the premier games by organising practice games to check the standard, combinations and batting order ahead of the games.”