The second day of the Diamantveld Cricket Festival in Kimberley lived up to all the expectations set by the opening match between the hosts and Grey College in the opening match.
After Grey got the ball rolling with a victory on the Diamond Oval, beating Diamantveld by 53 runs, the other six teams kept the excitement going on the second day.
Kalahari beat Paarl Boys High by 8 wickets with the bowling attack of Yden Agenbag and Louhan Noeth helping to subdue Boishaai and two steady innings by SW van Heerden and Shaundee Corner securing a memorable win for the proud team from Kuruman.
Agenbag dismissed four Boishaai batsmen for only six runs and crucially dismissed Paarl Boys’ High’s Liam Mack just as he was building some momentum.
Paarl Boys’ High are without JJ van der Sandt this weekend, he has been selected as part of the South African u17 team participating at the Junior Indoor World Series in Dubai.
Noord-Kaap’s scheduled match against Boishaai, which would have been the finale of the second day, had to be abandoned due to rain, so they take to the field for the first time on Sunday when they face this Kalahari squad who will be riding high after their big victory.
Grey College added another win, securing their place at the top of the pool by beating Carlton-van Heerden by 5 wickets.
Juan Viljoen led the charge with the bat again, but his bowlers left him little to do. Sicelo Matayi took three wickets for eight runs and Darion Rabe dismissed another three and conceded only 12 runs.
Potchefstroom Volkskool tops their pool after beating St Andrews from Bloemfontein and the Northern Cape HUB.
St Andrews did not live up to their full potential in their match against the Potch Volkies.
Conceding 33 extras had them on the back foot early on, and despite the best efforts of their head boy, Schalk Liebenberg, Saints fell short of their target by 78 runs.
Diaan van der Merwe set the pace with both the bat and ball for Potchefstroom Volkskool.
The St Andrews boys did, however, manage to get the highest total of the day in their match against the HUB team.
André du Preez‘s 62 helped them along their way to a solid 222/5 in the allotted 20 overs.
The hosts returned to winning ways against Carlton-van Heerden.
A calm and collected half-century by Danie van der Merwe and another quick 39 runs added by Simon Liversage saw them change innings with a healthy 151 to protect.
Luhan de la Rey was on fire again with ball in hand, taking four of the opponents’ wickets for only 15.
They beat the visitors from Upington by 75 runs, but the Carlton-van Heerden boys will have relished the opportunity to play in the big stadium, which is the kind of opportunity these tournaments can give the local players.
The action continues on Sunday and Monday as the playoffs for the final rankings commence.
Diamantveld 151/6 (Danie van der Merwe 50, Simon Liversage 39; Adiam De Wee 3/35); Carlton-van Heerden 76 (J van Kratenburg 19; Luhan De La Rey 4/15; Nathan Baird 3/16). Diamantveld won by 75 runs.
Carlton-van Heerden 73/9 (Extras 21, Kaylin Snyders 16*; Sicelo Matayi 3/8, Darion Rabie 3/12); Grey College 74/5 (Juan Viljoen 26; J Assegaai 2/11, J van Kratenburg 2/2). Grey College won by 5 wickets.
Paarl Boys’ High 71 (Liam Mack 21; Yden Agenbag 4/6, Louhan Noeth 3/16); Kalahari 73/2 (SW van Heerden 32, Shaundee Corner 20; Cobelarri 2/9). Kalahari won by 8 wickets.
Potchefstroom Volkskool 141/9 (Extras 33, Diaan van der Merwe 21, Dian Liebenberg 20; JC Young 4/14, Johan Liebenberg 3/25). St Andrews 78 (Schalk Liebenberg 17; Diaan van der Merwe 4/21, Lunga May 2/16, Dian Liebenberg 2/28). Potchefstroom Volkskool won by 78 runs.
Potchefstroom Volkskool 211/6 (Extras 61, Attie Liebenberg 55, Kobus Pienaar 40*, Ludwich Schuld 21, Diaan van der Merwe 20; Mgobo 3/34, Jansen 2/34); Noord-Kaap HUB 80/9 (G Seane 20, T Obuseng 20; Dian Liebenberg 2/10, Kobus Pienaar 2/13). Potchefstroom Volkskool won by 131 runs.
St Andrews 222/5 (André du Preez 62, Jordan van der Bergh 38, FG Botha 34, Schalk Liebenberg 29, Naude Botha 26*; Mokgwabone 2/35); Noord-Kaap HUB 131/8 (G Seane 37, Extras 29, P Makatong 24; Leheta Athanousio 2/17). St Andrews won by 91 runs.