09 Oct THOMSON FIFTY LEADS LIONS TO VICTORY OVER GARDEN ROUTE BADGERS
JOHANNESBURG: A magnificent half-century from Kirstie Thomson helped the DP World Lions maintain their unbeaten start to the CSA Women’s Provincial T20 Cup Division One campaign with a comfortable 54-run win over the Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers at the DP World Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.
In Division Two, the Eastern Storm completed the double swoop of victories over the weekend as they claimed a six-wicket triumph in a tense low-scoring affair against Limpopo at the Polokwane Cricket Club.
In Johannesburg, the Lions were sent into bat after the Badgers won the toss and elected to field, as their openers, Jenna Evans (31) and Palesa Mapoo (17) contributed to a solid foundation.
Their hard work didn’t go to waste as middle-order batter, Thomson led the charge in key partnerships with Diara Ramlakan (24) and Raisibe Ntozakhe (20*) to help the home side surpass the 150-run mark and post a daunting 164 / 4 after 20 overs.
The experienced batter struck nine fours on her way to an undefeated 54 off 38 balls.
Despite an even share of wickets, the Garden Route Badgers bowlers were put under immense pressure by the opposition.
With the bat, the Badgers relied heavily on Momentum Proteas top-order striker, Tazmin Brits who dispatched seven fours in a steadfast knock worth 52 off 44 deliveries as the Southern Cape outfit struggled to find their rhythm at the crease, before the encounter petered out in favour of the hosts.
The Lions restricted the away side to 110 / 5 in their 20 overs to seal a 54-run victory, with Yolani Fourie (2 / 17) and Kgomotso Rapoo (2 / 19) the standout bowlers.
In the north of the country, Alysia Rudolph starred in another successful outing for the Eastern Storm as she top-scored with 22* (20) not out to help anchor her team to victory against Limpopo.
The Division One and Two action resumes on Saturday, 22 October with the CSA Provincial One-Day Cup.
CSA Women’s Provincial T20 Cup
Division One –
DP World Lions beat Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers by 54 runs
DP World Lions: 164 / 4 after 20 overs; K. Thomson 54* (38), J. Evans 31 (28); M> Breedt 1 / 25, M. Andrews 1 / 26
Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers: 110 / 5 after 20 overs; T. Brits 52 (44), A. Dercksen 14 (11); Y. Fourie 2 / 17, K. Rapoo 2 / 19
Division Two –
Eastern Storm beat Limpopo by 6 wickets
Limpopo: 80 / 4 after 20 over; M. Mans 27 (32); K. Manyaga 22 (25); A. van Wyk 2 / 19, A. Rudolph 1 / 3
Eastern Storm: 82 / 4 after 18.3 overs; A. Rudolph 22* (20), J. Smit 15 (35); T. Mokgohloa 2 / 12, K. Manyaga 1 / 12
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