29 Dec BADGERS CROWNED DIVISION TWO CSA 1DAY CUP CHAMPIONS
PIETERMARITZBURG: Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers were crowned champions of the 2022/23 Cricket South Africa (CSA) One-Day Cup at the AET Pietermaritzburg Oval on Wednesday.
The Oudtshoorn-based outfit travelled inland to face up against log leaders and defending champions, AET Tuskers and secured a narrow 11-run win against their hosts.
Badgers were put to the bat first when an all-round batting effort saw the visitors post a competitive total of 253/7 at the end of their allotted 50 overs.
Openers, Matthew Christensen (46) and Blayde Capell (38) put up 80 runs before the fall of the first wicket and Capell was caught by Malcom Nofal off Michael Erlank. Christensen was trapped lbw by Nofal a few deliveries later.
Jhedli van Briesies (43) and Onke Nyaku (26) combined for 54 runs and further contributions came from Pheko Moletsane (38) and Sean Whitehead (25).
Nofal was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts, returning 3/48 after the dismissals of van Briesies and Hanno Kotze (6).
Stefan Tait (2/48) saw the dismissals of Nyaku and Whitehead whilst Keith Dudgeon registered the wicket of Moletsane.
With the ball, the visitors were disciplined and took wickets at regular intervals. Skipper, Onke Nyaku, and Mark Adrianatos provided two brilliant throws to run out Nofal and Kyle Nipper with 11 runs each.
Nyaku (2/29) returned to clean-bowl Dilivio Ridgaard (14) and Alindile Mhletywa with eight runs.
Half centuries from Yaseen Valli (59) and Tian Koekemoer (50) were not enough, while the other solid contribution was from Erlank (38).
Basheeru-Deen Walters (4/46) led the attack with the ball to dismiss Thamsanqa Khumalo for none, Andile Mogakane with four runs, Dudgeon (23) and Koekemoer.
Dudgeon provided some resistance in the tail in his 22-ball 23, which included two maximums as Tuskers fell shot and were bowled out for 242 in 50 overs.
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