Hans Moore continued with the form that saw their batsmen dominate at the recent Gimmie Cricket Fest, surpassing 300 yet again in their Gunn & Moore playoff match against Dr Malan on Saturday.
Warren Minnaar led the charge with a superb 84 from just 62 deliveries. It was, however, the opening batsman, Adrian Watson, who laid the platform for Minnaar to floor the accelerator. Batting with maturity, Watson contributed 74 from 90 balls, as he and Tihan Eloff got the Hansie innings going after the loss of an early wicket.
Jaco Smit (37, 31b) and Keanan Shaw (34, 25b) also chipped in with valuable knocks to ensure Hans Moore comfortably crossed the 300-run mark, posting a big 314/9.
Amidst the run-scoring chaos, Xander Anley (3/49) and Tristan Ashwin (3/68) bagged six scalps between them in an effort that saw the Dokkies pull it back somewhat.
The Hansies’ dominance continued in the field. Adam Kruger was the pick of their bowlers, bagging the hard-to-believe figures of two for nine from the nine overs he sent down. Watson, again, played a fine supporting role, this time picking up 2/21 with the ball.
Dewald Erasmus shone for Dokkies, compiling a resilient 62 from 65 deliveries, while Colby Retief (38, 66b) delivered a fighting knock at the top of the order.
Unfortunately for Dr Malan, the pair’s efforts were in vain as they fell well short, losing by a thumping margin of 138 runs.
In the showdowns between two Potchefstroom schools and the winners and runners-up of the Limpopo Super League, it was the Potch boys that ruled the roost.
Potchefstroom Gimnasium crossed swords with Bochum HUB and dominated the contest, rolling to an eight-wicket victory.
Batting first, the Bochum boys set about laying a platform from which to accelerate in the latter stages of their innings. Marnu Cronje and Tommie Botha had other ideas, however, as they tore through the Bochum line-up. Botha claimed four scalps for only 12 runs, while Cronje was equally impressive, capturing 4/19.
Kamagelo Morema was the only Bochum batsman to make it beyond 20. He finished with 29 from 33 balls as the side from the outskirts of Polokwane slumped to a disappointing total of 84 all out.
In response, Righardt Joubert launched a fierce attack, clubbing a blistering 33 from just 12 deliveries to set his side on course for victory. Marnu Cronje weighed in with 29, and the visitors from Potchefstroom sprinted to the win in only the 14th over to secure their spot in the quarterfinals.
There was also a six-wicket win for Potchefstroom Volkskool in their match against Limpopo runners-up, Hoërskool Pietersburg.
Philip Weterman (38, 67b) and Michael Nel (34, 59b) got the Pieties off to a very good start, combining nicely for a 66-run opening partnership. However, things went pear-shaped after they departed. When Eduan van der Merwe and co exerted pressure on the Pietersburg batting, they were rewarded, with wickets falling at regular intervals.
Van der Merwe was the pick of the Volkie bowlers, snapping up 3/16, while Dian Liebenberg and Diaan van der Merwe chipped in with two wickets each as Pietersburg were held to just 127/10.
Louis van Wyk then continued with his recently found form, making a half-century to lead the Volkies’ run chase with a solid 51 from 46 deliveries. Attie Liebenberg chipped in with a valuable 28, while Kobus Pienaar plundered 20 from just nine balls.
Much like Gimnasium had done in their win, Volkskool reached the victory target in double-quick time, claiming the victory in the 17th over with six wickets to spare.
Monument were comfortable winners against Transvalia, cruising to a seven-wicket victory. Andre van Niekerk led the way for Monnas, laying waste to the Transvalia batting with a sensational return of 6/18 as the side from Krugersdorp restricted the Vanderbijlpark team to only 112/10.
With the willow in hand, Nicholas van der Colff came close to overhauling the Transvalia total all by himself. In just 35 deliveries, he contributed 85 of the 113 runs required for victory as Monnas moved into the last eight after spending just less than 14 overs at the crease.
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Hans Moore 314/9 (Warren Minnaar 84, Adrian Watson 74, Tihan Eloff 41, Jaco Smit 37, Keanan Shaw 34; Xander Anley 3/49, Tristan Ashwin 3/68); Dr Malan 176/10 (Dewald Erasmus 62, Colby Retief 38, Juanro Roos 23; Adam Kruger 2/9, Adrian Watson 2/21, Henré Everleigh 2/24, Warren Minnaar 2/26). Hans Moore won by 138 runs.
Bochum HUB 84/10 (Kamagelo Morema 29; Marnu Cronje 4/19, Tommie Botha 4/12, Jonathan Eybers 2/16); Potchefstroom Gimnasium 86/2 (Righardt Joubert 33, Marnu Cronje 29; Masilo Moremi 1/24). Potchefstroom Gimnasium won by eight wickets.
Hoërskool Pietersburg 127/10 (Philip Weterman 38, Michael Nel 34; Eduan van der Merwe 3/16, Dian Liebenberg 2/15, Diaan van der Merwe 2/41); Potchefstroom Volkskool 128/4 (Louis van Wyk 51, Attie Liebenberg 28, Kobus Pienaar 20; Nicholaas Oerlemans 2/23). Potchefstroom Volksool won by six wickets.
Transvalia 112/10 (Mjee Roets 35; Andre van Niekerk 6/18, Joshua McCoy 2/49); Monument 115/3 (Nicholas van der Colff 85; Roets 2/48). Monument won by seven Wickets.