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Groot Drak vs West Coast Rollers

On the 20th of January 2019, Groot Drak hosted their great friends, West Coast Rollers at Pickstone Oval.

Looking to continue their unbeaten streak, Groot Drak took the field with loads of energy. Danie van der Nest (2/21 from 4) and Kudu Kotze (1/17 from 4) did the damage up front, with continued pressure from Conrad Harley (1/14 from  5) and Adrian Raisbeck (1/9 from 4) . Some good catching from the Drakies saw the Rollers struggling at drinks, having lost 5 wickets after 17 overs.

The spinners took over the attack after the break. Martin van der Merwe (0/25 from 7) and Wynand Grobler (2/6 from 2.2) kept things incredibly tidy and continued to hurt the opposition. Marco Bosman (2/42 from 6) and Jaco Swarts (1/10 from 2) took some valuable wickets as the innings was wrapped up, with the West Coast Rollers managing 138 all out.

A quick lunch saw Groot Drak begin the run chase with openers Jaco Swarts and Craig McNaught (33* from 37). Despite some good bowling from the visitors, a few chances went awry, allowing the home side to capitalise early on. Jaco retired after a blistering innings of 59 from just 37 balls, which earned him ‘man-of-the-match’. Hannes Langeveldt (TFC) came in at 3 and got a corker of a ball that removed his leg stump for a duck. Wynand Grobler didn’t need any sighters and blasted Groot Drak to victory with a quick-fire 36 from 17 balls. The second innings lasted 16.2 overs before the total was knocked over.

A post-match swim and beverage was in order after a boiling hot day of cricket. A few well-deserved fines were enjoyed in the shade, some good, some not so much. Even though the game ended a little one-sided, both teams played the game in a wonderful spririt and Groot Drak continue their unbeaten run in 2019.

Prior performances not forgotten

Prior performances not forgotten

Happy Birthday Mr Chairman!

Happy Birthday Mr Chairman!

The challenge

The challenge

The reply

The reply

Match report by Craig McNaught

Groot Drak vs Coastal Strikers

On Sunday the 13th of January 2019, Groot Drak hosted Coastal Strikers at Pickstone Oval.

A cloudy and cool afternoon meant that bowling first was a great advantage for the home side. Groot Drak’s opening bowlers, Corrie Brand and Andri le Roux, bowled extremely tightly, with a barrage of unplayable deliveries – both unlucky not to get wickets in their opening spells, they ended up with 0/20 off 7 and 1/16 off 7 respectively.

Going in to drinks, Coastal Strikers had only managed 43 runs, but still had all their wickets in tact, setting up the latter half of the innings nicely.

Clearly, the Oros consumed at drinks had a little something extra in it as the visitors turned up the heat immediately. They scored freely, but lost a few wickets along the way. Most of the bowlers went for plenty of runs, but a great performance from Bruce Taylor (2/26 off 6) saw a welcome return to form for Groot Drak’s resident “spinner”.

A quick-fire 57 off 31 from Francois allowed Coastal Strikers to set a respectable target of 189 at lunch.

After a filling lunch, Groot Drak went out to start the run chase. Unfortunately, the openers were both nicked off early, putting pressure on the middle order.

Conrad Harley (25 off 37) and Herman Fourie (45 off 37) did a fantastic job of rescuing the situation and giving Groot Drak a good chance at the drinks break.

Needing 6.5 per over, Jannes Mouton strode out to bat and was later joined by keeper/batsman, Jono Boulton (16* off 14). Jannes blasted a man-of-the-match-winning 62 not out off just 45 balls to see Drak over the line with 2 overs to spare.

As is always the case with Coastal Strikers, the game was played in a fabulous spirit, with both teams having a great outing and enjoying some well-deserved fines back at the clubhouse.

Jannes Mouton - maiden fifty since returning to the club

Jannes Mouton celebrating his maiden fifty since returning to the club

Groot Drak vs Oxford University – 08 January 2019

On Tuesday the 8th of January, Groot Drak played host to Oxford University’s first XI at Pickstone Oval. Rightly anticipating a tough contest, the home team selected a particularly formidable side to take on the young and fit students.

Honouring tradition, the visitors were sent in to bat and Oxford immediately made the significant age gap count by putting on a first wicket partnership of 83 runs, followed by a century from one of their openers.

If not for a middle-order collapse, Oxford would have comfortably posted a score of 270+ in their 40 overs, but the Groot Drak bowling-and-fielding effort limited the visitors to 227/5.

Particularly impressive spells from Andri le Roux (32/2 from 8), Martin van der Merwe (33/1 from 8) and Danie van der Nest (40/2 from 7) were instrumental in the resultant target.

After a quick lunch break, Groot Drak headed out to attempt the run chase. A shaky start saw the local boys 63/3 before the innings was stabilized by Martin van der Merwe (41 from 55) and Craig McNaught (48 from 61).  A few quick wickets saw Groot Drak in trouble – but, batting all the way to number 11, there was still a chance of victory for the home side.

Great starts from Jannes Mouton (18 from 13), Kudu Kotze (23 from 23) and Corrie Brand (21* from 29) took the game down to the wire… needing one run for victory from the last ball of the match, some efficient fielding from Oxford saw a run out and the game being tied!

The shared result was soon forgotten over a customary beer on the pitch and a brief history of the club shared with the visitors, courtesy of Richard von Hoesslin.

A brief fines meeting warmed both teams up for what would be a fantastic dinner and bonding experience between, what we hope will be, two teams that begin a tradition of regular fixtures in the future.

It was a wonderful opportunity to host such a fantastic bunch of cricketers, who, along with Groot Drak, enjoyed each aspect of the day, both on and off the pitch!

Oxford saluting the Groot Drak flag

Oxford saluting the Groot Drak flag

Oxford's Batting Card

Oxford’s Batting Card

Groot Drak's Batting Card - Spot the Difference

Groot Drak’s Batting Card – Spot the Difference

Match report by Craig McNaught

Montego T20 Tournament – 21-23 September 2018

The annual pilgrimage up to Graaff-Reinet before each season was made for a fourth consecutive year as Groot Drak selected their strongest side for the Montego T20 Tournament. After a long bus journey to the Karoo, the team prepared to play their first game under lights against the Cape Town Invitational XI. Leading from the front, tour-captain MC Uys opened the batting and scored a valuable 50, with Groot Drak posting a competitive total, which they defended to post their first win for the tournament.

The next morning saw Groot Drak play an absolute humdinger against Graaff-Reinet, in which the defending champions needed 10 runs off the last two balls with one wicket in hand. Those last two balls went for 6 and 4, causing heartbreak for Groot Drak.

The afternoon game was played against Paarl Swingers, who started off with a bang, but were bundled out for 122 runs. With some great batting from Herman Fourie and Morne Maritz, Groot Drak coasted to victory in the 14th over.

On the last day, needing two wins from the next two games to reach the final, Groot Drak were determined and focused.

The morning game was played against Uitenhage who fielded first, affording Groot Drak a total of 136. The bowlers stepped up and narrowly allowed Groot Drak to defend the total, meaning the next game was in essence a semi-final featuring Despatch and Groot Drak.

Every bowler for Groot Drak fired, limiting Despatch to a very achievable 94 runs. Without too much trouble, Groot Drak blasted the runs in little more than 9 overs, with Morne Maritz putting in a well-deserved man-of-the-match performance, sending Groot Drak to their first ever final!

The final was played under lights against a fresh and fired-up Graaff-Reinet team, who posted an intimidating 164 after their 20 overs.  The score proved too much, as Groot Drak had a complete collapse, managing just over half the runs before being bowled out.

Heads high, Groot Drak collected the prize for second-place and left Graaff-Reinet the next morning with a renewed sense of pride, purpose and excitement for the season ahead!

Fixtures 2018/2019

 

Date Opponent Venue
21-23 September 2018 Montego T20 Tournament Graaff-Reinet
13 October 2018 Presidents XI vs Chairmans XI Pickstone Oval
20 October 2018 Villiersdorp Villiersdorp
10 November 2018 Elgin CC Pickstone Oval
24 November 2018 Forty Club Pickstone Oval
25 November 2018 Villiersdorp Pickstone Oval
02 December 2018 Western Province Cricket Club Pickstone Oval
08 December 2018 Bishops Fathers & Sons Pickstone Oval
08 January 2019 Oxford University Pickstone Oval
13 January 2019 Coastal Strikers Pickstone Oval
20 January 2019 West Coast Rollers Pickstone Oval
26 January 2019 Cape Town Cricket Club Pickstone Oval
02 February 2019 Kai Tak Cricket Club Pickstone Oval
03 February 2019 John Faure 6-A-Side Pickstone Oval
09 February 2019 Citrusdal Cricket Club Pickstone Oval
17 February 2019 Western Province Cricket Club WPCC
22 February 2019 Cheshire Seniors Pickstone Oval
10 March 2019 Somerset Oakes SWCC Radloff Park
17 March 2019 Scorpions CC Distell
03 March 2019 Michaelhouse Old Boys Pickstone Oval
23 March 2019 Royal Artillery Pickstone Oval
24 March 2019 Bellville Pumas Pickstone Oval
30 March 2019 Spin Doctors Pickstone Oval
06 April 2019 Ceres Pickstone Oval
13 April 2019 Claremont Gents Pickstone Oval
20 April 2019 Ken Strable Double-Wicket Pickstone Oval