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A win for Mandela

MIDRAND - The weekend of 7 December followed the passing of former President Nelson Mandela and, with this in mind, the Gauteng Cricket Board requested all clubs to pay their respects to the former President by wearing black arm bands and observing a moment’s silence before their matches.

This served as additional motivation for the two Midrand Cricket Club sides that faced Relode Cricket Club and Wits Lions.

At home, the SA5 side lost the toss on a green wicket and was put in to bat. The side got off to a good start with an opening partnership of 69 between Akshar Sookraj and Ntokozo Molefe, both eventually scoring 46 runs and 42 runs respectively.

Marsden Vickery walked in to bat at number three and played a blistering innings, scoring 82 runs off 69 balls to record his second consecutive 50 and third of the season.

The side would eventually score 237 runs for four in their allotted overs.

Relode’s response was explosive with their opening batsman looking to make easy work of the total. Midrand’s first change bowlers, Llewellyn Bakker and Sravan

Kumar Bavirisetti, would prove key in pulling back the opponents.

Sravan bowled an eight over spell that saw him take five wickets for just 30 runs. This was enough to restrict the opponents to 176 for nine in 40 overs and hand the hosts victory.

Away from home, the SA8 side would bat first against Wits Lions. After making a solid start, the side wilted with the middle order guilty of poor stroke selection. The middle order collapse saw the side fall from 100 runs for three wickets to 135 all out. It seemed that nothing but a miracle or a moment of Madiba magic could rescue the side, and what followed was nothing short of that. The side returned to the field and struck in the very first over with Rajesh Patchala rocking the opponents with a first over hat-trick. This was followed by a sublime display of teamwork as the Midrand side exerted sustained pressure on their opponents and eventually bundling them out for an unimaginable 85. Rajesh Patchala, who followed up his opening spell with another over that had two consecutive wickets, and would eventually finish with match winning figures of six wickets for 20 in his 6.2 overs.

The club holds its practice sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Summerhill School. New members are welcome.

Details: Nevish Rampersadh on 083 7770070 or mail nevishr@gmail.com

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