Francois Potgieter (132) was in a destructive mood on Saturday as HTS Middelburg put Uplands College to the sword by 293 runs in their limited-overs league match in Middleburg. Potgieter’s century helped his side reached a massive 400/7 in their allotted 50 overs.
He faced only 100 deliveries in his innings of which he dispatched 19 past the boundary rope. Seven of these were maximums. Tihan du Preez (78), Borras Lottering (64), and Hardus Visser (52*) all also chipped in with half-centuries. Potgieter and Du Preez shared a 115-run partnership over the fourth wicket.
The only bowler who managed to trouble the batsmen of the Red Caps was Barney Poulsom who picked up three wickets at the cost of 46 runs. Two of his victims were Potgieter en Du Preez while his other wicket was the opening batsman Armand Maree (0) who he trapped with his legs before the wicket.
Uplands could only score 108 in answer to the home side’s mammoth total. Opening batsman Torr Turner (36) showing some resistance. For HTS Middelburg the bowling efforts of Divan Botha (4/18), Maree (3/25), and Divan van der Berg (2/5) deserve applause.
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HTS Middelburg 400/7 (Francois Potgieter 132, Tihan du Preez 78, Borras Lottering 64, Hardus Visser 52*; Barney Poulsom 3/46); Uplands College 108 (Torr Turner 36, Barney Poulson 23; Divan Botha 4/18, Armand Maree 3/25, Divan van den Berg 2/5). HTS Middelburg won by 293 runs.
Hoërskool Rustenburg 425/7 (N van Onselen 101, Waldo Meintjie 97, Extras 53, Ewald Kruger 47, Dewald du Plessis 43, Hanro Swanepoel 30, Dirkus Bisdhoff 26; Salmaan Shabbir 3/59); Fields College 223/8 (Muhammed Bubulia 61, David Muzambi 50, Samuel Bobraine 50; Waldo Meintjie 3/36). Rustenburg won by 202 runs.