Namibia: Wanderers Move Clear At the Top

Wanderers moved eight points clear at the top of the T20 Cricket Premier League after two commanding victories over the weekend.

On Saturday morning they beat CCD Tigers by eight wickets, when they easily hunted down the winning target of 127 runs, while a few hours later, JJ Smit scored a brilliant century as they thrashed Trustco United by 101 runs.

In the morning match, CCD were restricted to 126 for two wickets, which was never going to be enough as Wanderers easily reached the target for the loss of two wickets and 39 balls in hand.

CCD's openers Stephen Baard and Joshuan Julius laid a fine foundation with a 90-run partnership for the first wicket, at just over six runs an over, before Nicolas Scholtz got the breakthrough, dismissing Baard for 57 which came off 50 balls and included four fours and two sixes.

Nicol Loftie-Eaton did not last long before being dismissed for 11, while Julius remained not out on 34 and Pikky Ya France on 14.

It seemed to be a competitive total, but Wanderers' top order, led by JP Kotze made light work of the target.

He smashed 61 off only 30 balls (6x6, 5x4) before being dismissed by Ramon Wilmot, while Wessel Myburgh added 25 not out and JJ Smit 29 not out as they reached 130/2 off only 13,3 overs.

A few hours later JJ Smit was Wanderers' match winner with a great century as they thrashed Trustco United by 101 runs.

JP Kotze (14) and Wessel Myburgh (6) were dismissed cheaply, but Smit and Niko Davin put Wanderers in charge with a smashing century partnership in less than 10 overs.

Davin was the first to go, caught for 68 off 39 balls (4x6, 6x4), but Smit raced to his century and remained unbeaten on 111 off only 51 balls, which included 11 huge sixes and five fours, as Wanderers reached an imposing total of 222/4.

United were immediately in trouble when Smit dismissed Lohan Louwrens for a duck, and with wickets falling regularly they could not recover. Hendrik van der Walt eventually top scored with 29 runs, while Danie van Schoor added 26 and Nyashadzaishe Nyasha 24, before they were all out for 121 to hand Wanderers a comprehensive victory.

Jan Frylinck, with two wickets for 25 runs, and Nicolaas Scholtz (2/6) were Wanderers' best bowlers.

In another match on Saturday, United suffered another big defeat, going down by nine wickets to WHS Old Boys.

United were bundled out for only 74 runs, with Lohan Louwrens scoring 19, while national captain Gerhard Erasmus took four wickets for 14 runs.

Old Boys made light work of that total and reached the winning target off only 6,1 overs.

Craig Williams remained not out on 43 off 19 balls (10x4), while Christi Viljoen scored 20 off 17 balls.

Wanderers now lead the log on 16 points, followed by Old Boys and CCD on eight points each; United on four, and Welwitschia on zero points.

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