The Bohemians Cricket Club were the comeback kings of the second day of the Multiply T20 Community Cup in Pretoria on Saturday. They bounced back from a double-loss yesterday, securing considerable, back-to-back wins by 50 runs and eight wickets against Burma Lads CC and Kempton Park CC respectively.
South Africa under-19s all-rounder, Jason Niemand scored 68 runs, while Marco Marais added 44 to get the Warriors representatives to 141/3 at the end of their innings after they were put in to bat first by Burma Lads. While the latter’s bowlers seemed to find it difficult to get breakthroughs at Mamelodi Oval, the Bohemians attack, led by Jason Kuhm (4/15) made it look easy. He was well backed up by Keegan Allen, who took two wickets for just five runs to have the Lads all-out for 91 runs (17.1 ovs) and claim a solid win.
In their second appearance of the day, Kuhm (4/21) and Allen (2/10) were joined by Travis Hawkes (3/13) in dismissing Kempton Park for a scant 61 runs in 16.3 overs after they elected to bat first. Jonathan Craniey returned an unbeaten 37 runs to help the Bohemians to their eight-wicket win. Gavin Ralph got both breakthroughs, returning with 2/18 in three overs, including a maiden.
Elsewhere, Jeppe CC continued their winning ways, ending the day as the only unbeaten side in the tournament so far. They claimed a 40-run victory over Brackenfell CC in the morning, followed by a nail-biting, four-run triumph over the Hollywoodbets Crusaders in the afternoon.
In their clash against the Crusaders, Nicholas Smit (51) hit the second half-century of the day and, along with Kyle Smit (35) and Gareth Oliver (32), set up Jeppe’s 150/6 at the end of their 20. Jesse Smit was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4/26 in his four-over spell.
Riaan Minnie and Michael Alexander hit 61 and 30 runs respectively to keep the Durban side’s hopes alive, but Ryan Doubell (3/29) and Dwayne Araujo (2/31) struck at crucial times, ensuring they restricted them to 146/8 in the end.
The Crusaders will be disappointed with the loss, especially after getting their day off to a winning start with a five-wicket conquest over Kempton Park. They slip to second place on the log with 14 points, four points behind the new leaders, Jeppe.
In the last match, Burma Lads secured a six-wicket victory, their first positive result in the tournament so far, when they faced Brackenfell at Mamelodi Oval.
Day Three Fixtures
Jeppe CC vs Burma Lads CC – Sinovich Park
Hollywoodbets Crusaders CC vs Bohemian CC – TUT Oval
Brackenfell CC vs Kempton Park CC – Groenkloof Oval