North West take Rural cricket crown
The hosts of the once-a-year Cricket South Africa (CSA) Rural week, Grahamstown Cricket Board (GCB), can be pleased with the successful event that became held in Makhanda (Grahamstown). The town’s closing time had hosted this fantastic match changed into in 2006, and this year has been seen as a miles higher event, notwithstanding the continuing water disaster in the area.
Cricket has become highly exceptional and really competitive, with the maximum of the provinces on another degree of professionalism. The opposition got here down to the cord on the closing day, as the tournament closed off with T20’s between all of the competing facets.
On the final day, North West gained the toss and opted to ship EP Grahamstown out to the crease in their matchup. Eastern Province had been unable to seize the game through the horns and saw their first six wickets fall before reaching a half-century, finally being bowled out for just 108, directly earlier than the 18th over. The overall was chased down with the aid of North West in 17 overs with 5 wickets in hand, an impressive victory by using the unbeaten North West.
North West and KZN have been unbeaten and deserved to be placed on the pinnacle of the log, with most effective their net run rate putting North West on top of the wood. Both teams also ruled the SA Rural Team that became introduced at the closing characteristic, hosted at PJ Oliver Hoërskool. The group is as follows: Z Elkin (Mpumalanga), R Visagie (captain, Northwest), A Mbolombo (Border CD), T Plank (Northwest), M Jackson (KZN), N Jordaan (KZN), J Reddinger (KZN), W Abraham (Boland), G Bishop (KZN), A Pansergrouw (Northwest), D Bester (Northwest), T Phukuile (Mpumalanga), K Oosthuizen (Boland).
“The excellent and popular of Rural Cricket in South Africa is at the up,” stated Leon Coetzee, Rural Cricket South Africa (RCSA) and GCB president. “Quality venues in Grahamstown and inside the Country areas played the first-rate component inside the achievement of the week. Facilities at golf equipment within the USA areas and Schools and the University were top-notches that resulted in the event’s fulfillment.”
The match saw some incredible and notable young cricket gamers that accomplished noticeably accurately. From right here, the players that took component inside the rural event will desire to maintain to increase their competencies, finally gambling cricket at the very best degree.