Nat season 28

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Re: Nat season 28

Postby YVRK » Sun Aug 01, 2021 12:52 pm

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What a game! Despite my predictions of the pitch aiding spin slightly later on, it’s safe to say that this match was dominated by bat. England batted pretty damn well with Jawad, Clifford, Alder and Verginix all getting half tons. Opperman and Bernstein however got 3 wickets apiece and prevented the total from exceeding 300.

It was a rocky start as Mthiyane lost his off stump to Piggot, shortly followed by Fouche getting runout. Mncwabe came in at 3 with expectations to perform, and he responded in style as he smashed his maiden international ton. De Kock also played a good knock of 73 after missing out last week, and Awberry played another great innings of 74. These three batsmen got us easily within reach of the total with bags of time to spare, with us needing 18 off 48 with Awberry and Novak at the crease. 3 quick wickets fell which gave England a chance, but all-rounder Vermaak smashed a six and then a single to take us across the line.

Well played to England too for making this a very closely contested affair.
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Re: Nat season 28

Postby Zorax » Sun Aug 01, 2021 12:52 pm

Brilliant runchase that. Was a bit concerned when NZ set us 281 - we had expected more bowler friendly conditions, but the pitch eased overnight. Thankfully we stacked the batting, and they were able to get the job done. :thumbup:
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Re: Nat season 28

Postby YVRK » Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:33 am

Oh bloody hell, we had Windies at 111/5 and were set to bowl them out for a low score. Yet it was just another day at the office for all-rounders Cousins and Gaspard who smoked their way to 239/5 in the final 18 overs, which is most certainly above par for this pitch. Jelen bowled well though which was good to see.

With both openers gone quickly this chase will require some real knuckling down. The positive is that Gaspard is knackered from his innings and so may bowl loosely later on.

Edit: And knuckle down they did! Fouche and De Kock put together a great stand after the fall of the first two wickets to see out the dangerous phase where the ball was swinging, with Fouche scoring 41 and De Kock scoring 59. De Kock got out and then a double strike from Reardon's bullet arm runouts sent Fouche and Awberry back to the pavillion. Novak played outstandingly to score 69* and helped by Oppermans cameo of 29*, we got across the line again! Good to pull off a successful chase of this kind, especially with Mncwabe sitting out. :D
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Re: Nat season 28

Postby Zorax » Sun Aug 15, 2021 12:06 pm

Chung Yiu vs Raun Shkorer today! Happy to have witnessed that battle. Match heading for a tight finish.
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Re: Nat season 28

Postby YVRK » Sun Aug 15, 2021 1:09 pm

Zorax wrote:Chung Yiu vs Raun Shkorer today! Happy to have witnessed that battle. Match heading for a tight finish.


Not the best match for us. We would’ve bowled first too but the luck of the coin was with Bangladesh. I have no clue what Richmond was doing, soaking up 51 precious balls for a mere 9 runs. Even on a minefield like this one that’s a terrible innings. Fouche played a better opening innings of 30 off at a 50 strike rate. Mncwabe was unlucky to miss out on his hundred but stayed right till the end, aided by another great innings by Novak. Aside from Novak our middle order and all-rounders found it difficult to score more than a few runs between them.

Bangladesh’s top order played at a faster rate and while our bowlers kept things relatively tight, barring Opperman they just weren’t effective enough. Sami played a great innings to see his team across the line.
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Re: Nat season 28

Postby Krypto » Mon Aug 16, 2021 5:51 am

Yea, that result hurt me aswell, always have some positives however from the outside i have a lot of critique regarding aproach, especially the major focus on our weaknesses rather than out strength and the selections around that. However ill leave it there and just support you guys, still a lot to play for.
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Re: Nat season 28

Postby YVRK » Sun Aug 22, 2021 12:39 pm

Damn...that loss was heartbreaking :( . We looked well on course to win after a great middle order performance including a debut century from Rumble but Sri Lanka’s bowlers pulled victory from the jaws of defeat and demolished our lower order to get a 5 run win.
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Re: Nat season 28

Postby JayTheFirebender » Sun Aug 22, 2021 4:44 pm

Oof hard luck South Africa. Although to be honest 276 was a brilliant score by Sri Lanka considering the pitch conditions, so props to SAs middle order for making it such a nail-biter. South Africa's batting lineup (openers in particular) doesn't seem to have fully clicked, on their day they can blow away the best of bowling attacks.

Pakistan have finally got their tournament underway with a win against Bangladesh after 4 losses on the trot.
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Re: Nat season 28

Postby YVRK » Tue Aug 31, 2021 8:59 am

And so we manage to topple Australia in the group stages...an unexpected win but after the Sri Lanka game we’ll take it for sure. We bowled reasonably well especially considering that Bernstein and Schmidt sat out. Pretorious and Jelen filled in nicely and took a wicket each. Yiu bowled very well in his second game to get two wickets, Opperman consistent as ever with two wickets for himself, and all-rounder Lyle Paul on debut kept things tight as well as getting the prized wicket of Truelove.

It was a day where the top order finally clicked. Richmond and Fouche got the team off to a breezy start by scoring 40-odd each, Mncwabe batted till the end with 79*, helped on his way by little innings from De Kock and Awberry followed by a solid knock from debutant Paul who made sure to avoid a collapse like last week’s.
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Re: Nat season 28

Postby MOD-tonk6464 » Sun Sep 05, 2021 12:50 pm

A very close game between old rivals Australia and England today.

England batted first, made a steady start and really ramped up the scoring rate towards the end of the innings to post 292. Khawaja Jawad top scored with 131 (140) with very good support from Russell Abbott with 87 (92).

In reply, Australia got off to a slow start and were in a lot of trouble at 4/102 after 26.2 overs. However, Jean-Luc Picard and Sean Ellery produced an excellent partnership to get us back in the match. Picard scored 118 (113) and Ellery scored 79 (62). The allrounders finished off the job at the end and Australia won by 4 wickets with just 3 balls to spare.

Good game England. :)
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