Lucky’s heroics not enough to save Gugulethu CC

Milnerton Cricket Clubs Matt Snyman goes on the defence during his teams 68-run victory against Gugs. Wicket keeper Siyabonga Madonono and first slip Lucky Tywaku keep a close eye on the action.

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Tywaku had the best bowling figures for Gugulethu on the day. He picked up three wickets, two maidens and 24 runs in 10 overs. He averaged 2.4 runs per over. In fact, five of the six bowlers from the homeside averaged less than 2.9 runs per over.

Gugulethu won the toss and sent Milnerton to bat first, limiting them to 125 runs, all-out, after 42.2 overs.

Gugulethu had done the job when it came to bowling, but the visitors, Milnerton, had other plans.

Milnerton was seeking revenge against Gugulethu as the last time the two sides met, Gugulethu won by 13 runs thanks to a century by Mncedisi Tyhilo.

On Saturday, Milnerton started the batting very slow as a result of the pitch being in favour of the bowlers.

Milnerton’s opening batsmen, Ryan Milne scored eight runs from 30 balls, and his teammate Matthew Snyman was caught behind by Siyabonga Madonono on the first ball he faced from bowler, Mthiwekhaya Nabe.

Third-place batsman, Damian Crowley scored an important 42 runs off 88 balls to help his team reach the 125 score mark.

It was then Gugulethu’s innings to bat, with openers, Siyabonga Madonono and Mondli Mahlombe facing Luke Petersen and Sean Roach.

Madonono was dismissed by Petersen and caught by Justin du Toit on the second ball faced, while Roach bowled Mahlombe out for 11 runs.

Milnerton’s bowlers were on top of their game, in particular Malcolm Cloete, following his 4/7 runs, with six maidens after eight overs. Cloete’s bowling economy averaged 0.9 runs.

Petersen received 1/16 runs after seven overs. Roach got 3/22 runs after seven overs. And spinner, Maximiliam Waller grabbed 2/9 runs with three maidens after eight overs.

They bowled out Gugulethu for 57 runs after 30 overs to win by 68 runs.

Gugulethu will hope to get back to winning ways when they host United on Saturday. While Milnerton travels to Kraaifontein on Saturday.

In other First Division A action, United Cricket Club went down by nine wickets to Primrose in a Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) First Division A one-day clash at Green Point, on Saturday.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat first. They were bowled out for 57 runs after 20.1 overs. Primrose batsman, Justin Pringle scored a half-a-century to help his side reach 60/1 and win by nine wickets.

Elsewhere, Green Point lost to Rylands by one wicket in Athlone at the weekend. Rylands won the toss and sent the visitors to bat first, limiting them to 170 all-out after 49.2 overs.

In return, Rylands’ batsman, Rushdi Jappie scored an impressive 69 runs off 112 balls to help his team reach the 171 mark with a wicket to spare.

Further north, Northerns Goodwood (NGCC) recorded a 39-run victory against neighbours, Edgemead away. NGCC won the toss and chose to bat first, scoring 136 runs after 47.1 overs, thanks to a solid partnership between Fronic Kasner (52 runs) and Franco Kasner (26 runs).

Edgemead’s opening bowler, Simon Blake recorded 5/26 in nine overs to help his team break down NGCC’s batting.

NGCC responded with wickets of their own, with Dean Morris picking up 4/13 and Morne du Randt getting 2/13 in 4.4 overs.

NGCC limited Edgemead to 97 runs, all-out, to win by 39 runs.

At Florida Park in Ravensmead, the in-form Kraaifontein had the better of Tygerberg on Saturday, winning by three wickets.

Kraaifontein captain, Craig Ephraim recorded bowling figures of 5/30 and scored an unbeaten 53 off 81 balls.