Khayelitsha Cricket Club firmly in the driving seat in season opener

Khayelitsha Cricket Club had a superb start to the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) First Division D with a five-wicket victory against Fish Hoek at the Khayelitsha Cricket Oval, on Saturday.

Fish Hoek won the toss and elected to bat first. It was a hard scoring game for the visitors as the Khayelitsha lads ripped them apart from the get go, limiting Fish Hoek to 56 runs, all out, in 24.1 overs.

With the bat, the homeside lost five wickets of their own but managed to score 57/5 after 14 overs to win by five wickets.

This Saturday, Khayelitsha will host Hanover Park, who played to a two-wicket win against Mitchell’s Plain Cricket Club last Saturday.

Despite winning the toss and choosing to bat first, Mitchell’s Plain were limited to 121 runs all out after 34.5 overs.

Hanover Park went on to score 123/8 after 26.2 overs to win the First Division D league match by two wickets.

All odds will be in favour of Khayelitsha when Hanover Park travels to Khayelitsha on Saturday morning, however, come 10am, the homeside will have to be wary of Hanover Park’s bowler, Wesley Seconds.

Seconds picked up five wickets (5/49) in Saturday’s game against Mitchell’s Plain.

In the First Division A results, newly kitted Gugulethu Cricket Club got off to a shaky start following a five wicket loss against Kuils River away at the weekend.

Kuils River won the toss and elected to bat first, with their opening bowler, Jethro Hill bringing the magic with the ball.

Hill got an impressive four wickets, two maidens and 18 runs off 10 overs.

His teammate and batsman, Aldo Jantjies, scored an unbeaten 59 runs off the bat.

Most of Gugulethu’s runs came from the middle order batsman, Mncediso Tyilo who scored 28 runs before he was dismissed by David Cyster through an LBW, while Bonke Ngingi scored 22 runs not out, and unfortunately, he ran out of teammates to bat with on the day.

Ngingi was impressive with both bat and ball following his 2/33 figures.

Gugulethu’s Vuyo Mvandaba picked up two wickets, four maidens and 15 runs in nine overs, an impressive bowling figure that saw him concede 1.7 runs per over.

Mvandaba will look to continue his bowling figures in Saturday’s First Division A league match against Tygerberg at the Ny49 sports complex.

Meanwhile, Langa Cricket Club traveled up to Mitchell’s Plain to face of the hard-hitting Strandfontein Cricket Club.

Strandfontein won the toss and elected to bowl first, limiting Langa to 93 runs after 30.4 overs.

In return, Langa proved to have a good bowling attack, however, it was not enough and Strandfontein batted their way to a three-wickets victory after 26.1 overs.

Langa will look to secure maximum points from the 50-over game when they host the students, UWC, at the Langa sports complex on Saturday morning.