Edgemead Cricket Club ended St Augustine’s five-game unbeaten streak with an 85-run victory in Edgemead on Saturday, January 27.
The men from the north were determined to make a statement against St Augustine, in the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) First Division B encounter, following their 74-run defeat to Bonteheuwel last week.
The side from Elfindale won the toss and sent the homeside, Edgemead to bat first, limiting them to a total of 210 runs for nine wickets in 50 overs.
Opening batsman, Wayne Richardson played a patient innings, scoring 51 runs off 101 balls for Edgemead. His teammate, Isaac Mpima, on the other hand, scored eight boundaries in 49 balls during his 70-run contribution for Edgemead.
St Augustine’s bowlers did rather well with the ball, despite the results going against them. Grant Jansen conceded on average 2.2 runs per over during his 10-over spell. Jansen got one wicket for 22 runs and three maidens.
Reon Witbooi may have not taken a wicket during his spell, but he bowled well, averaging 3.2 runs per over during his 10 overs.
St Augustine’s wicket takers on the day came from the team effort of Evan Jacobs (4/45 runs) and Tyler Ridder (3/43 runs). They took out Edgemead’s danger men Richardson, Daniel French, Aaron Wilke and Winslow Jooste.
After lunch, Edgemead’s bowlers took up the new ball. Zahir Petersen, Luke Gibson and Kyle Duncan understood the task at hand. They delivered wickets for the men from the north.
Petersen took a total of five wickets for 19 runs in 5.3 overs. Duncan recorded 3/34 runs. Opening bowler, Gibson got 2/13 runs and three maidens. He averaged at least 1.9 runs in seven overs.
In St Augustine’s middle-order batting line-up, Keenan Alben was in fine form, but after hitting four boundaries, he was caught out by Daniel French, to the bowling of Petersen, for 37 runs off 36 balls.
St Augustine were dismissed for 126 runs in 29.3 overs. They have won nine and lost three of their last 12 games.
While in second place on the log, they will look to bounce back to winning ways when they face Bishop Lavis away this Saturday, February 3.
Forth-placed Edgemead took their winning tally to seven wins in 12 matches against the Saints. They will travel up to Chukker Road to meet Yorkshire Cricket Club on Saturday.
Meanwhile, log leaders Victoria Cricket Club are on 49 points (six points ahead of St Augustine). Vics made it 10 wins in 12 games after beating Kuils River by three wickets at the weekend.
With their aim to bounce back into the WPCA First Division A, it will be a battle down to the wire when they travel up to Bonteheuwel, on Saturday.