12 February 2019

Namibia: Old Boys Go Top After Trouncing United

WINDHOEK High School Old Boys went to the top of the Cricket Premier League log for the first time this season after thrashing United by 178 runs on Saturday.

Old Boys reached a formidable total of 235 off their 50 overs, with Gerhard Erasmus scoring a fine century, and then skittled United out for only 57 runs to complete a one-sided victory.

Old Boys lost three early wickets as Christopher Coombe dismissed JP Kotze for three and Zayn Green for two, while Dickson Vambe dismissed Wynand Viljoen for eight runs.

Erasmus and Malan Kruger, however, revived Old Boys' innings with a great partnership for the fourth wicket.

Erasmus went on to score his century before being dismissed by Coombe for 103 which came off 129 balls.

Kruger added 73 off 90 balls and with Vernon Cloete adding 11 not out further down the order they reached 235 off their 50 overs.

Coombe was United's best bowler with excellent figures of six wickets for 27 runs off nine overs, while Dickson Vambe took two wickets for 31 runs.

United were soon in trouble as Old Boys pace bowler Christian Schumacher cut through their top order.

He dismissed Hendrik van der Walt for two and danger batsmen Lohan Louwrens for eight and Danie van Schoor for five to leave United struggling at 16 for three wickets.

The rest of their batting order could not recover as United were skittled out for only 57 runs, with only Henry Olivier (10) and Vambe (15) reaching double figures.

Schumacher led the rout with excellent figures of three wickets for nine runs off six overs, while Zhivago Groenewald took 2/5 and Gerhard Erasmus 2/6.

With the victory, Old Boys replaced Wanderers at the top of the log on 20 points from six matches, but Wanderers, who are on 16 points, have a match in hand.

Ya France stars for CCD

At the Sparta Club in Walvis Bay, Picky ya France played a starring role as CCD Tigers beat Welwitschia by six wickets.

He took three wickets as Welwitschia were restricted to 123 all out and then hit 66 not out to guide CCD to a comfortable victory.

After being sent in to bat Welwitschia got off to a quick start with Lauritz Haccou leading the onslaught. He hit two sixes and three fours as he accumulated 31 runs off 22 balls before being caught off Elton Ambambi's bowling.

Scott Winborn (9) and Dian Neethling (0) followed shortly and when Shalako Groenewald was bowled by Albert Mbwembwe for eight and Ettienne Beukes run out for two, Welwitschia had crashed to 58 for five wickets.

Reinhard van Zyl joined Matthew de Gouveia and rebuilt the innings with a 37-run partnership, but Ya France broke the partnership and put CCD in charge with three wickets with only five runs added to the score.

He dismissed Reynard van Zyl LBW for 21, then bowled Wynand Viljoen for a duck and when he trapped De Gouveia LBW for 20 runs, Welwitschia had stumbled to 100 for eight wickets.

Rico Mans and Mauritius Ngupita each scored eight runs before the whole team was out for 123 off 42,4 overs.

Ya France was CCD's top bowler, taking three wickets for 11 runs off seven overs, while Elton Ambambi took two wickets for 19 runs and Ramon Wilmot two for 31.

Welwitschia got off to a great start in CCD's innings when Wynand Viljoen dismissed Joshuan Julies for a golden duck, and when Ramon Wilmot was bowled by Ettienne Beukes for two, CCD were two wickets down for 16 runs.

Pikky Ya France, however, put CCD in charge as he took control of Welwitschia's bowling attack.

He put on a 42-run partnership with Percy Katyora, before the latter was dismissed for 20, and then took centre stage with a 63-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Nicol Loftie Eaton.

When the latter was dismissed for 21, CCD only needed three more runs to win the match and Ya France duly scored it to remain not out on 66 which came off 86 balls and included three fours and three sixes.

For Welwitschia, Wynand Viljoen (2/28) and Ettienne Beukes (2/30) took two wickets each.

With the victory, CCD joined Welwitschia on eight points in third and fourth positions on the log.

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