Date: 11 November 2017 By: Anton van Zyl
Louis Trichardt’s first cricket side suffered another defeat on Sunday when Phoenix (Modadjiskloof) beat them by 54 runs in a Premier League clash.
Phoenix batted first in the 50-over clash and put up a very decent total of 279/5. Their opening pair, Gideon Swanepoel (78) and Mauritz Perold (39), put up a good partnership from where an attack in the middle order could be launched. This was very effectively done by Imran Badar (44) and Franco Oberholzer (55), with Ettienne Wahl adding a useful 25 runs at the end.
Louis Trichardt’s most successful bowlers were FC Phillipson (2/19 in 2 overs) and Ettienne van Heerden (2/71 in 10 overs). Vimal Shah (1/28 in 9 overs) and Hamid Dukanwala (0/19 in 6 overs) were very economical.
AJ Fourie (23) and Louis van Jaarsveld (11) combined well to get Louis Trichardt’s innings started, but the first three wickets fell fairly quickly. Nimesh Watekar (65) and Christo Gerber (25) gave the home side some hope. Nimesh was in destructive mode, hitting seven fours and two sixes. Once these two departed, wickets fell in quick succession. At the end, Ettienne van Heerden (20) and FC Phillipson (22) added some spark, but they could not hold out until the end. The last wicket fell in the 43rd over with Louis Trichardt still 54 runs short of a victory.
Phoenix’s most successful bowlers were Andre de Beer (3/21 in 5 overs) and Imran Badar (3/35 in 8 overs). Franco Oberholzer (2/31 in 6 overs) and Aubrey van Reenen (2/30 in 7.1 overs) also played their part.
This coming Sunday, Louis Trichardt’s side will travel to the Duivelskloof oval to play against Nkowankowa.
Anton van Zyl has been with the Zoutpansberger and Limpopo Mirror for over 27 years. He graduated at the the Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg) and obtained a BA Communications degree. He is a founder member of the Association of Independent Publishers.