The Hollywoodbets Crusaders won both of their fixtures on the opening day of the Multiply T20 Community Cup in Pretoria on Friday.
Today marks the first edition of the tournament, which forms part of Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) vision to make cricket a truly national sport of winners and accessible to all. The Momentum National Club Championship has almost totally been dominated by tertiary institutions and this new initiative gives Community-based clubs an opportunity to showcase their talent on an equally large stage.
The teams participating and the franchises they will represent are; Brackenfell Cricket Club (BuildNat Cape Cobras), Hollywoodbets Crusaders CC (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Burma Lads CC (VKB Knights), Jeppe CC (bizhub Highveld Lions), Kempton Park CC (Multiply Titans) and Bohemian CC (Warriors).
The Crusaders’ double-win included victories against Brackenfell by 37 runs in the morning and by 48 runs against Burma Lads in the afternoon.
In their first match at TUT Oval, Riaan Minnie and John Riekert scored 40 and 35 runs respectively to get the KwaZulu-Natal side to 123/2 in their allotted 14 overs after rain forced the match to be reduced. Nicholas Hewer and Jordan Grobbler took a respective 3/11 and 3/15, restricting Brackenfell’s reply to 86 in 12.3 overs for victory.
At Groenkloof Oval, Minnie and Riekerk starred once again when the Crusaders were put in to bat first, this time by Burma Lads. Minnie’s 75, Riekert’s 31 and Ruben Hattingh’s unbeaten 25 saw them post challenging 163/4 in 20 overs.
It was tough going for the Lads, who could only reach 116/6 by the end of the match. Zak Kathrada top scored with 46 runs, but it was not enough to get his side over the line. The Crusaders won the day, topping the competition log with 10 points.
Jeppe were the other big winners of the day, claiming victory by 28 runs against the Bohemians and a more comprehensive, 82 runs against Kempton Park in the afternoon.
The morning match was reduced to 15 overs a side, but that did not stop Jeppe from hitting a competitive 141/3 after they were asked to bat. Matthew Smit, Nicholas Smit and Justin Lloyd scored 59, 35* and 34 to get there, while the bowlers struggled.
Jeppe’s bowlers had no such troubles as M. Smit, Ryan Doubell and Keegan Allen took two wickets each, leaving the Eastern Cape side stranded on 113/7 at the end of their allotted overs.
The Lions representatives went a level up in their performance, overcoming Kempton Park by 82 runs at TUT, they are just one point behind the Crusaders on the log.
Brackenfell bring up the number three spot on the log after bouncing back from their morning loss against the Crusaders. They beat the Bohemians by six wickets, thanks to an unbeaten half-century by Michael Loubser (57).
Kempton Park are in fourth place on the log after following up their 10-wicket triumph over Burma Lads in the morning with a similarly heavy, 82-run defeat at the hands of Jeppe in the afternoon.
The Bohemians are number five, with Burma Lads bringing up the tail.
Day Two Fixtures
Jeppe CC vs Brackenfell CC – Groenkloof Oval
Kempton Park CC vs Hollywoodbets Crusaders CC – TUT Oval
Bohemian CC vs Burma Lads CC – Mamelodi Oval
Jeppe CC vs Hollywoodbets Crusaders CC – TUT Oval
Brackenfell CC vs Burma Lads CC – Mamelodi Oval
Kempton Park CC vs Bohemian CC – Groenkloof Oval