Potchefstroom Gimnasium will be more than happy with their recent tour through the Eastern Cape.
They managed to finish the tour which included five matches over the long weekend unbeaten of which a victory over the prestigious cricket nursery Grey High School of Port Elizabeth stands out.
Gimmies faced Grey PE on Saturday in a limited-overs clash on the Pollock Oval winning the encounter by 65 runs. Gimmies batted first and reached 212 before being bowled out thanks to valuable contributions by Johan Mahne (71), Martin Bullock (29), and Martin van Onselen (26).
These three players were also the main stalwarts for Gimmies during the tour. Kaden Titus picked up three wickets for only 29 runs causing the most trouble for the visiting side’s batsmen.
Grey High School could however only answer 147 runs in return as Bullock (4/22) bulldozed through their batting line-up.
Potch Gimmies opened the tour on Thursday with two Twenty/20 matches against Hudson Park and Westering respectively.
Hudson Park of East London was comfortably beaten by 82 runs. Van Onselen (39) and Christian Turkstra (30) contributing with the bat.
Against Westering it was Conrad Jordaan who seemed like he was longing to get back to his room and relax. He picked up four wickets for a mere eight runs as Westering was restricted to only 61 runs. Jordaan also opened the batting and top-scored with 27 runs to steer his side to a seven-wicket victory.
On Friday against Pearson in a time-cricket match, it was Johan Mahne (114) leading the charge with a century. Gimmies however only scored 194 in their first innings thanks to some excellent bowling by Esa Gangat (5/55). He was supported well by Connor Mitchell (3/42).
Pearson was bowled out one run short of drawing the match giving the visitors the smallest of leads on the first innings. Gimmies reached 111/2 in their second innings before play was called off.
In their final match of the tour, Gimmies defeated Graeme College of Grahamstown by three wickets with Mahne (52) and Van Onselen (50) scoring half-centuries. Connor Pietersen of Graeme College caused some trouble as he picked up five wickets for 44 runs.
Thursday, 23 September 2021 (T20)
Potchefstroom Gimnasium 147/6 (Martin van Onselen 39, Christian Turkstra 30, Martin Bullock 22); Hudson Park 65 (Christiaan Viljoen 3/14, Martin Bullock 3/22, Martin van Onselen 2/8). Potch Gimmies won by 82 runs.
Westering 61 (Conrad Jordaan 4/8); Potchefstroom Gimnasium 62/3 (Conrad Jordaan 27). Potch Gimmies won by seven wickets.
Friday, 24 September 2021 (Time Cricket)
Potchefstroom Gimnasium first innings 194 (Johan Mahne 114, Martin van Onselen 29, Martin Bullock 26; Esa Gangat 5/55, Connor Mitchell 3/42); Pearson first innings 193 (Cormey van der Watt 47, Janco van der Walt 43, Connor Mitchell 29, Umar Gangat 25*; Ruan Lotz 3/52, Christiaan Viljoen 2/21, Conrad Jordaan 2/27). Potchefstroom Gimnasium second innings 111/2 (Martin Bullock 62, Martin van Onselen 47; Connor Mitchell 2/53). Potch Gimmies won on the first innings.
Saturday, 25 September 2021 (Limited Overs)
Potchefstroom Gimnasium 212 (Johan Mahne 71, Martin Bullock 29, Extras 27, Martin van Onselen 26; Kaden Titus 3/29); Grey High School 147 (Michael Molenaar 31, Kaden Titus 29, Extras 26; Martin Bullock 4/22, Johan Mahne 2/22, Thyrone Briel 2/23). Potchefstroom Gimnasium won by 65 runs.
Sunday, 26 September 2021 (Limited Overs)
Graeme College 180/9 (Liselihle Maphekula 45, Mihali Kobese 44, Onosizo Nting 33; Francois Blom 2/8, Damien Charslund 2/32); Potchefstroom Gimnasium 181/7 (Johan Mahne 52, Martin van Onselen 50, Extras 41; Connor Pietersen 5/44). Potch Gimmies won by three wickets.