06 Oct MARAIS BLASTS IINYATHI TO EMPHATIC BONUS POINT VICTORY
KIMBERLEY: Marco Marais smashed a 35-ball 65 to lead the Eastern Cape Iinyathi to an eight-wicket triumph in their Pool D opener against Limpopo Impalas in the CSA Provincial T20 Knock Out Competition in Kimberley on Monday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Impalas found it difficult to get their innings going, reaching the end of the powerplay on 34/2 due to the works promising bowlers, Thandolwethu Mnyaka (2/19) and Gideon Peters (2/17), who ripped through the top order.
With the scoring rate on the low, the middle-order duo of Morne Venter and Juandre Scheepers (31) shared a 96-run, fifth-wicket stand and helped carry the Limpopo outfit to a competitive 138/5 at the end of their 20 overs.
Venter ended on a noteworthy 56 off 40 deliveries (4 fours, 2 sixes).
In their chase, Iinyathi made quick inroads towards the target. Openers, Marais and Mncedisi Malika (41 off 32 balls; 5 fours, 2 sixes), dominated the crease, recording a mammoth 116-run partnership to take the game away from the opposition.
Despite both openers being removed by the pick of the Impalas bowlers, Venter (2/7), Jason Niemand (16*) and Joshua van Heerden (6*) finished the job with 5.3 overs to spare to take the Iinyathi side to the top of Pool D thanks to a bonus-point win.
All four teams in action on Monday will do it all again on today in their second fixtures of the group.
Tuesday, 05 October 2021
Limpopo Impalas vs Gbets Warriors at 10:00
Eastern Cape Iinyathi vs Gbets Rocks at 14:30
Wednesday, 06 October 2021
Limpopo Impalas vs Gbets Rocks at 10:00
Eastern Cape Iinyathi vs Gbets Warriors at 14:30
|GBets Rocks||Mark Wardfirstname.lastname@example.org||082 415 4320|
|Gbets Warriors||Yolanda Bukaniemail@example.com||082 099 9973|
|Eastern Cape Iinyathi||Bev Weimannfirstname.lastname@example.org||083 381 4379|
|Limpopo Impalas||Rejoice Phosaemail@example.com||071 560 8321|
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