Jordan Hermann was the star of the third day of Cricket South Africa’s Cubs Week. The Titans’ opening batsman scored an unbeaten 168 runs in his side’s 142-run victory over Nigeria on Maties’s D-field.
His knock took him to the top of the run-scorers list for the week with 302 runs in his side’s three matches thus far. He boasts an unbelievable average of 151 runs per innings. Hermann faced 149 deliveries of which he dispatched 23 past the boundary. Two were maximums.
He could do nothing wrong on the day as he also picked up two wickets at the cost of a mere five runs in the two overs he bowled. Hermann shared a mammoth 197-run partnership over the second wicket with Khaya Nyamathe (71).
He also joined forces with Hardus Coetzer (65) over the fourth wicket for another century partnership (100).
It seems that the Knights and the Lions will meet each other in the final of the week bar any surprises. Both sides are still unbeaten and will face Nigeria and Nambia respectively who are still searching for their first victories of the tournament.
An impressive allround performance by Ruan Cronjé helped the Knights secure a four-wicket victory over the Cape Cobras. Cronjé (4/44) first helped his team to restrict the Cobras to 175 with his spin bowling.
He then also shined with the bat as he scored 62 runs. He received some valuable support from Marco de Kock (26), Corné Viljoen (24) and JP Coetzee (22).
The Lions came out on top by five wickets against the Dolphins. The Dolphins batted first and were restricted to 193 thanks to some good bowling by Zakhele Sibanda (3/18) and Michael Copeland (3/41).
Christopher de Freitas (65*) followed his century of yesterday up with an unbeaten half-century. He and Heinrigh Pieterse (57*) shared an unbeaten 122-run partnership over the sixth wicket to get their team over the line.
James Mullins (83), George van Heerden (63*) and Jaden Smith (55) all recorded half-centuries as the Warriors defeated Namibia by 140 runs. Van Heerden also got rid of two batsmen for a mere four runs, while the pick of the Warriors’ bowling attack was his Grey High School teammate Joshua Stephenson (3/22).
Warriors 280/5 (James Mullins 83, George van Heerden 63*, Jaden Smith 55, Nonelea Yikha 30; Jan van Dyk 2/48, Waylan Cloete 2/60); Namibia 140 (Matthew de Gouveia 34, JC Balt 25, Renier Bosman 21*; Joshua Stephenson 3/22, George van Heerden 2/4). Warriors won by 140 runs.
Cape Cobras 175 (Daniel Smith 54, Nathan Engelbrecht 34, Lehan Botha 27; Ruan Cronjé 4/44, Brian Thaele 3/34, Gordon Taje 2/31); Knights 176/6 (Ruan Cronjé 62, Marco de Kock 26, Corné Viljoen 24, JP Coetzee 22; Siya Plaatjie 3/35). Knights won by four wickets.
Dolphins 193 (Chad Laycock 68, Andile Simelane 41; Zakhele Sibanda 3/18, Michael Copeland 3/41, Liam McCarthy 2/27); Lions 194/5 (Christopher de Freitas 65*, Heinrigh Pieterse 57*, Taheer Isaacs 36, Extras 22; Sanele Mbatha 2/30). Lions won by five wickets.
Titans 337/4 (Jordan Hermann 168*, Khaya Nyamathe 71, Hardus Coetzer 65; Aho Peter 2/55); Nigeria 195 (Olaleye Elijah 45, Sylvester Okpe 35, Extras 28 Miracle Ikauje 23; Saahil Khan 3/34, Jordan Hermann 2/5, Thomas Mayes 2/39). Titans won by 142 runs.