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Potgieter, Botha dominate Free State cricket awards



Staff Reporter

Yolandi Potgieter has claimed two big awards at the Free State Cricket Virtual Awards held this Thursday evening.

The batting all-rounder was named as player of the year and players’ player of the year.

In the 2019/20 domestic season, Potgieter raked up to 200 runs in the CSA Women’s Provincial T20 Competition, finishing the season with a batting average of 33.3.

She also showed her skill with the ball, finishing the CSA Women’s Provincial One-Day Competition with a bowling economy of 3.98, including her season best figures of four wickets for nine runs in four overs against Northerns Women.

Patrick Botha also claimed two big awards.

The senior provincial captain won the Presidential Award and was named as Magnifisan Free State Senior Provincial Player of the Year.

Botha scored 755 runs at an average of 83.8 in the CSA 3-Day Series in which he made two centuries and five half-centuries with his highest score being 191.

He also scored 169 runs at an average of 33.80 in the CSA One-Day Competition with a highest score of 57.

“Patrick was one of the most consistent players for the Free State this season and he led the team very well,” commented Edward Mokoenanyana, head coach of Magnifisan Free State.

Nathan Roux was named as Free State Academy Player of the Year.

He scored a total of 787 runs at an average of 56.2 – this included his highest score of 173 not out.

“It is important to acknowledge players that performed well. Congratulations to all the award winners on their excellent performances during the past season,” Free State Cricket Union vice president Xander Snyders said.

Award winners:

  • KFC Mini-Cricket Administrator of the Year: Makgokolotso Moremoholo
  • Under-13 Player of the Year: Dakalo Leketa
  • Under-15 Player of the Year: Liam Doherty
  • Under-17 Player of the Year: Mvula Chabalala
  • Under-17 Rural Player of the Year: Stiaan Prinsloo
  • Under-19 Player of the Year: Pheko Moletsane
  • Under-19 Girls Player of the Year: Maine Smit
  • LSEN Player of the Year: Boitumelo Melesi
  • RPC Player of the Year: Aphiwe Nqwani
  • Best Performing Team of the Year: Magnifisan Free State Senior Provincial Team
  • Differently Abled Player of the Year: Tefo Lesly Klasen
  • Rural Cricketer of the Year: Francios van Rooyen
  • Scorer of the Year: Thato Moabi
  • Newcomer Umpire of the Year: Bahloakana Mohapi
  • Umpire of the Year: Heinrich Kilian
  • FS Club Champs Representative of the Year: Kovsies Cricket Club
  • Coach of the Year Award (Joint): Edward Mokoenanyana and Lotli Sesele
  • Academy Player of the Year: Nathan Roux
  • Women’s Cricket Rookie of the Year: Rene Nel
  • Women’s Cricket Players’ Player of the Year: Yolandi Potgieter
  • Women’s Cricket Player of the Year: Yolandi Potgieter
  • Senior Provincial Rookie of the Year: Duan Jansen
  • Senior Provincial Most Improved Player of the Year: Sean Whitehead
  • Senior Provincial Player of the Year: Patrick Botha
  • Presidential Award Recipient: Patrick Botha

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Khaka’s heroics save the day for Proteas



A brilliant spell from Ayabonga Khaka has helped South Africa escape with a hard-fought 32-run victory over a gallant Bangladesh in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in Dunedin on Saturday.

Khaka’s match-winning four for 32 included a spell of three wickets in nine balls as she put the clamps on Bangladesh’s batting line-up and ensured her side were able to defend a modest total of 207.

Openers Shamima Sultana (28) and Sharmin Akhter (34) had given Bangladesh a perfect start as they reached 69 without loss, but Khaka’s timely intervention reduced the score to 72 for three with wickets falling in quick succession as the required run-rate continued to rise.

Skipper Nigar Sultana (29) and Ritu Moni (27) tried to use their experience to get Bangladesh back in it, but Shabnim Ismail (1/33) and Masabata Klaas (2/36) returned to the crease with the ball as the Proteas held on.

Earlier, Fariha Trisna was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers with three for 35 while Jahanara Alam and Ritu Moni stood out with two wickets apiece as Bangladesh excelled in their first-ever match at a 50-over World Cup.

All-rounder Marizanne Kapp top-scored for South Africa with 42, while opener Laura Wolvaardt (41) and the dangerous Chloe Tryon (39) also got starts as the Proteas badly missed the big-hitting of veteran batter Lizelle Lee.

South African skipper Sune Luus was dismissed in unlucky circumstances, with the ball deflecting off Rumana Ahmed’s fingers and on to the stumps at the non-striker’s end.

The Proteas were all out in the final over for 207, but that proved enough as Khaka’s inspirational spell and some valuable experience made sure there was no fairytale World Cup debut for Bangladesh. – ICC

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South Africa ‘A’ seal innings victory



Sports Reporter

Only Timycen Maruma and Carl Mumba batted with much spirit as the Zimbabwe A team put up a feeble performance in their second innings and were bowled out for only 93 runs at Harare Sports Club on Thursday.

South Africa A thus won the first unofficial Test match between the sides by an innings and 166 runs.

The host began the day on 22 for two wickets, having started their second innings 259 runs in arrears – the overnight batsmen were Takudzwanashe Kaitano with 10 and Maruma with three.

Kaitano was soon out for 11, dabbling at a ball from Sipamla well outside his off stump that he edged to the wicketkeeper, Sinethemba Qeshile, to make the score 29 for three.

Roy Kaia came in and scored 10 runs before he slashed at a ball from Daryn Dupavillon and was caught on the off side, making the score 45 for four.

As Richmond Mutumbami came in, Maruma hit Dupavillon for two fours in an over, but for the most part stuck to stolid defence – as did Mutumbami, who took 22 balls to get off the mark by slashing a four off Miguel Pretorius past the slips.

Later in the same over, he miscued a defensive stroke and popped a gentle return catch to the bowler, making the score now 67 for five wickets.

Maruma had continued to play a solid defensive game, with occasional hits, but now he slashed wildly at a delivery from Pretorius outside his off stump and edged it straight to the keeper.

He had made 33 off 99 balls, with three fours, and his departure at 70 for six wickets ensured heavy defeat for the team, with only tail-enders to come.

Four further balls would have seen him survive until lunch, when the score was 71 for six.

The innings lasted less than half an hour after lunch.

Only Mumba put up any real fight, hitting three fours in his score of 13 not out off 19 deliveries – with more support from the other tail-enders he might have been able to take the total past 100.

When Tapiwa Mufudza was bowled by Glenton Stuurman the ball smashed the top off his off stump, which had to be replaced.

The last wicket fell when Tanaka Chivanga miscued a hit off Stuurman to leg and was caught, leaving Mumba stranded and the total at a very disappointing 93.

Stuurman took three wickets for 18 and Dupavillon three for 28, while there were two wickets each for Pretorius and Sipamla, all pace bowlers.

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SA Emerging side maul Zimbabwe Women by 10 wickets



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The opening pair of captain Andrie Steyn and Tazmin Brits scored unbeaten fifties to hand South Africa Emerging Women a comprehensive 10-wicket victory over Zimbabwe Women in the fourth one-day match at Queens Sports Club on Monday.

After winning the toss this time round, the hosts elected to bat for the first time in this series.

Their fortunes, however, did not change as they endured a terrible start to their innings, losing Modester Mupachikwa (3) and Pellagia Mujaji (0) to two consecutive deliveries in the second over bowled by Michaela Andrews.

Chiedza Dhururu and Christabel Chatonzwa then lifted the home side from eight for two with a 50-run stand that was only broken when the former was caught at the wicket off a Delmi Tucker delivery in the 19th over.

She had made 25, with two fours, off 59 deliveries.

Josephine Nkomo, who had scored three half-centuries – two of them unbeaten – in the previous one-dayers, this time round only faced five balls before departing for one, bowled by Jade de Figueiredo in the 20th over to leave Zimbabwe Women in turmoil at 59 for four.

Four overs later, the same bowler returned to shove the hosts into deeper trouble, trapping Chatonzwa lbw for 21, with three boundaries, off 61 deliveries; 72 for five.

By the 28th over, it was 85 for seven after Nyasha Gwanzura (4) was bowled by Khayakazi Mathe before, seven deliveries later, Loryn Phiri was out caught and bowled by Andrews without getting off the mark.

Precious Marange and Tasmeen Granger took the team past 100 in the 32nd over as they offered their team the last hope of mustering a defendable total.

Masabata Klaas then struck a double blow in the 36th over, bowling Granger for a 26-ball 20, with two fours, and Audrey Mazvishaya for a golden duck off successive deliveries to reduce Zimbabwe Women to 108 for nine.

Nomvelo Sibanda survived the hat-trick ball but it was not long before the innings folded at 137 in the 40th over when Leah Jones bowled Marange for a fighting 40, which included six boundaries and came off 55 balls.

Sibanda was left not out with five.

Andrews finished with three wickets, while Klaas and Figueiredo each had two.

In response, South Africa Emerging Women only required 24.4 overs to overhaul the home side’s total without losing a single wicket, as Steyn and Brits barely broke a sweat in putting up an unbroken opening stand of 138 runs.

Brits was the more aggressive of the two, facing 61 balls and blasting eight fours on her way to 67 not out.

On the other end, Steyn finished with 61 not out, including five boundaries, off 87 deliveries.

With the 10-wicket victory, the tourists are now leading 4-0 in the series, with the fifth and final game between the two sides set for this Wednesday.

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