The Boland Women’s Cricket Association’s local club cricket league, The Grand Challenge, kicked off over the past weekend ( Click here to download the League Log after the first round 7.74 Kb). Two matches were played, with Steinhoff Maties enjoying a bye during the exams.
Brackenfell vs Coronation
The Coronation Ladies traveled to Brackenfell for their encounter, where the visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. Alicia Smith (84) made a great contribution to steer them to 201/6 in 50 overs and was ably supported by Audrey Petersen (34) and Veronique Whitebooi (24). Monique Smith was the only Brackenfell bowler who managed 2 wickets (2/34).
Brackenfell suffered an early setback when they lost opener Anzel Wilson for 3 runs. Alison Hodgkinson (53) tried valiantly to keep up the chase, but didn’t receive any support from the other batsmen. Brackenfell was eventually bowled out for 137 in the 47th over. Alicia Smith and Veronique Whitebooi both managed to pick up 3 wickets apiece.
With their 64 runs victory, Coronation’s campaign to be crowned champions got of to a great start.
Falstan van der Stel vs Boland U19
In the weekends other fixture, the Falstan van der Stel ladies hosted the Boland U19 girls. Boland U19 won the toss and decided to bat first. In hindsight this was a good decision as the opening pair of Robyn Appels (45) and Lauren Estehuizen (60) added 103 runs for the first wicket.
Stefanie Bester (37*) stepped up and even though wickets fell at regular intervals, the visitors managed to pose a respectable total of 215/7 in 50 overs. Nathanael Christiaans was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/20 in 10 overs. She was well supported by Elaine Kruger (2/36)
The Falstan van der Stel innings started of with a few hiccups. Sunette Loubser (74) and Marica Marais (17) then shared a 75 run partnership before a major collapse occurred. Within 3 overs the score went from 104/2 to 104/7.
This crippled the Falstans van der Stel chase and they were eventually bowled out for 119 in the 33rd over. Robyn Appels was the instigator of the collapse and finished with figures of 6/26 in 8 overs.
A win of 96 runs will give the Boland U19 side a great confidence boost as they prepare for the U19 Inter-provincial Tournament, to be held in Oudtshoorn in December.