The Marais Viljoen batsmen played a starring role in securing a comfortable five-wicket victory over Helpmekaar Kollege on the last day of the Gimmie-Cricket Fest. The side from Alberton nonchalantly chased down the 254 they required for victory in the 44th over of the teams’ 50-over match.
Having won the toss, Helpmekaar opted to bat first. Anthony Stone was superb with the willow in hand, scoring a magnificent century after the Helpies were in early trouble at 35/3.
Juandre Verwey also had his say with a well-constructed 45 off 69 deliveries and combined with Stone for a crucial 86-run partnership.
Stone kicked on after the dismissal of Verwey to notch up his century, only to be sent back to the pavilion without adding a run. Stefan Lottering (31, 39b) and Kevin Olivier (25, 20b) also produced telling contributions in the latter stages of the innings.
After 50 overs, Helpmekaar had posted a competitive 253/7.
Declan Botes bowled tidily and returned the neat figures of 2/26 from his 10 overs. Cayden Ramage also impressive, capturing 2/17 up front with the new ball.
Marais Viljoen appeared comfortable from the start of their reply, the run rate moving along at a consistently decent rate. Aldre Huyzers (28, 47b) and Botes combined for a commanding 82-run opening stand. Botes went on to record a well-deserved half-century, accumulating 67 from 82 balls, in a fantastic outing out for the all-rounder.
Nathan Coleske’s 59, a contribution of 43 not out from the impressive Jaden Govender, and a blistering 26 from Tristan Thom carried their side over the line and to a comfortable victory, which was their third in four games.
Helmekaar Kollege 253/7 (Anthony Stone 100, Juandre Verwey 45, Stefan Lottering 31, Kevin Olivier 25; Declan Botes 2/26, Cayden Ramage 2/17); Marais Viljoen 254/5 (Botes 67, Nathan Coleske 59, Jaden Govender 43*, Aldre Huyzers 28, Tristan thom 26; Lottering 2/13). Marais Viljoen won by five wickets.