Bloemfontein- Magnifisan Free State’s bowlers led the team to their second successive win in their CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge campaign against Central Gauteng Lions (CGL) in Johannesburg this past weekend.
Free State Senior Provincial fast bowler, Duan Jansen, struck with the first ball of the innings to dismiss Zakir Kathrada for a golden duck and set the tone for the team.
After winning the toss and electing to bowl first, the Free State bowlers put on an excellent performance to restrict Central Gauteng Lions to 127 all out after 39 overs.
Left-arm spinner Sean Whitehead was once again the pick of the bowlers, returning figures of 3 wickets for 21 runs in 10 overs.
Free State skipper, Patrick Botha, also displayed excellence form with the ball, claiming 2 wickets for 3 runs in just 7 balls.
Romano Terblanche (7-1-23-2), Duan Jansen (7-2-31-1), Shadley van Schalkwyk (6-1-16-1) and Nealan van Heerden (3-0-12-1) also registered their names on the wicket-taker’s list.
In return, the VKB Knights batsman, Andries Gous, scored a half-century (62 from 31 balls) to help Free State cruise to victory with 5 wickets in hand and 33 overs remaining.
Free State Cricket Assistant Coach Lotli Sesele is pleased with how the team conducted themselves. “We bowled exceptionally well. We were nice and aggressive in our bowling and the way we fielded was exceptional,” he commented.
“The experience of Andries Gous gave us real impetus in the way we approached our innings and we have been searching for a good foundation upfront because if we bat well, we will get a good start. It was sad not to see him get a not out,” commented Sesele.
“We lost one or two more wickets more than we should have done but a bonus-point win against a really good Gauteng team was good to see and the boys are progressing nicely in the direction we are trying to get them.”