T20 Premier League Playoff closing in.

CCD Tigers and Wanderers got off to winning starts in the Cricket T20 Premier League series with victories at the Wanderers field on Saturday.

In the morning’s match CCD Tigers pulled off a comfortable eight-wicket victory against Wanderers, but the latter bounced back with a 16-run victory against WHS Old Boys in the afternoon.

In the first match, Wanderers were restricted to 144 runs for six wickets which was not nearly enough as CCD comfortably reached the target for the loss of only two wickets and 21 balls to spare.

Wanderers captain Jan Frylinck was the mainstay of their innings, scoring 58 not out off 46 balls (3×4, 1×6), but he received little support with only Wessel Myburgh (30) and Tershwin Raubenheimer (26) getting double figures. Mika Mutumbe (two wickets for 27 runs) and Ramon Wilmot (2/31) were CCD’s best bowlers.

Set a target of 145 for victory, CCD lost Pikky Ya France early on for a duck, but Nicol Loftie Eaton joined Joshua Julius to put CCD in charge with a great century stand for the second wicket. They put on 104 runs for the second wicket before Loftie-Eaton was out for 51 off 39 balls (5×4, 1×6). Julius remained unbeaten on 57 off 48 balls (5×4, 2×6) while Ramon Wilmot scored 18 not out as CCD eased to a comfortable victory.

Wanderers bounce back

Wanderers, however, bounced back with a comfortable victory against WHS Old Boys in the afternoon.After being sent in to bat, Wanderers scored 146 for five wickets off their 20 overs, while Old Boys could only score 130 for seven in reply. In Wanderers’ innings, Karl Birkinstock and Wessel Myburgh built a fine platform with a 70-run opening wicket partnership, before Birkinstock was out for 35 off 24 balls (4×4, 2×6).Myburgh followed shortly after for 37 off 27 balls (7×4), while Jan Frylinck added 27, Nicolaas Scholtz 18 not out and Tiaan Gerber 17 not out.

Old Boys’ best bowlers were Kyle Griffiths (2/25) and Vernon Cloete (2/10).

Old Boys’ innings started off disastrously as they lost their first three wickets for only 13 runs, but Zayne Groenewald and Shaun Fouche stemmed the slump with a 72-run partnership. Fouche was out for 22 with the total on 85, but although Groenewald tried his best he received little support. He remained unbeaten on 77 off 56 balls (5×4, 4×6) but received little support as Old Boys were eventually restricted to 130 for seven wickets.

Jan Frylinck (2/23) and Jan Izak de Villiers (2/15) were Wanderers’ best bowlers.


Source : The Namibian (Helge Schutz)

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