The opening day of the 10th edition of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Franchise Cubs Week in Stellenbosch saw some upsets when the bizhub Highveld Lions, World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and the Multiply Titans all suffered defeats against the three underdogs of the tournament.
The Lions lost to the VKB Knights by 11 runs. The feat was a historic one for the Free State side who have never managed a defeat against the historically most successful team of the tournament.
The Lions’ Joshua Richards (71) and Curtis Campher (27) managed to recover the innings somewhat, as Brian Kershaw tore through the line-up.
The Lions needed 12 runs from the last two overs thanks to some big hitting by Reabetswe Mokgoro (20 off 20 balls) in the 48th over. Kershaw (4/28) however got rid of him with the help of wicketkeeper, Garnett Tarr, in the 49th over to secure the victory.
Tarr (82) also played a leading role with the bat with some patient batting on the slow wicket of Maties C field. He helped the Knights to 201/8 after they won the toss and elected to bat first.
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins’ Matthew Montgomery (105) recorded the only century of the day in his side’s 62-run victory over the Titans. He faced 135 deliveries and hit 11 fours and three sixes and shared a 105-run partnership with James Ritchie (67*) over the fifth wicket. Montgomery was also one of the in-form batsmen during the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week with 246 runs at an average of 41 runs per innings.
The Warriors secured a four-wicket victory over the Cape Cobras thanks to an unbeaten half-century by Matt Dewar (57*). He and Luke Beaufort (42) combined for a valuable 64-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Both the Warriors’ SA Schools batsmen, David Rushmere (20) and Sinethemba Qeshile (1), were back in the changeroom with the team struggling at 57/4 chasing 183 when these two joined forces.
Knights 201/8 (Garnett Tarr 82, Marx de Villiers 28; Bryce Parsons 2/24); Lions 190 (Joshua Richards 71, Curtis Campher 27; Brian Kershaw 4/28). Knights won by 11 runs.
Cape Cobras 182 (Justin Broad 67, Sinalo Gobeni 33; Matt Dewar 2/12, Siphamandla Krweqe 2/31); Warriors 183/6 (Matt Dewar 57*, Luke Beaufort 42, Extras 29; Sinalo Gobeni 2/20, Achille Cloete 2/42). Warriors won by four wickets.
Dolphins 261/5 (Matthew Montgomery 105, James Ritchie 67*, Thamsanqa Khumalo 46; Glen Groenewald 1/15); Titans 199/8 (Francois van Heerden 60, Glen Groenewald 38, Nico van Zyl 28*; Sean Gilson 2/32, James Ritchie 2/38). Dolphins won by 62 runs.