Cricket Results

Groot Drak vs Spin Doctors – 30 March 2019

On Saturday 30 March, Groot Drak hosted Spin Doctors at Pickstone Oval.

As only a handful of the opposition arrived in time to start the game (as is their tradition), the Spin Doctors were only too happy to honour Groot Drak’s tradition of sending the opposition in to bat without a coin toss.

The opening bowlers, Corrie Brand and Colin Myburgh were both unlucky to not pick up wickets with their first overs, but both toiled hard and were incredibly economical, with Corrie going for 20 for 1 from his 7 overs and Colin going for just 10 runs in his 5 over spell.

Kudu Kotze (29/3 from 5) and young Liam Carruthers (24/0 from 4) were the change-up bowlers and both bowled very well against in-form Tengo and Sheels from Spin Doctors. At drinks, the opposition were 66/2 with their 3 and 4 batters just getting started. A slow start, but plenty of batters in the hutch.

Sheels and Tengo both opened up after the break and smashed the ball to all parts, with Bruce Taylor (47/1 from 5) and MC Uys (43/1 from 7) taking the bulk of the punishment, despite some good bowling and 2 missed chances. Eventually the batters succumbed to the spin, with Bruce dismissing Tengo for 53 and MC getting the prized wicket of Andrew Sheels for 80 runs, with Liam Carruthers taking hist first catch for Groot Drak. Craig McNaught pitched in with a run donation of 19 from 2.

By this stage, the damage was largely done and Spin Doctors posted a very competitive target of 200 for victory.

After a quick break, Groot Drak were focused and ready for what promised to be a hard run-chase.

MC Uys got the second innings off to a blistering start, scoring 10 from the first two balls. Unlucky to play on, MC was dismissed for 26 from just 9 deliveries. Gary Seaman at the other end batted with discipline and refused to give his wicket away.

Corrie Brand was promoted up the order, coming in at 3, but struggled to 12 from 19. Colin Myburgh, Hannes Langeveldt and Dave Johnson could only manage 1 run between them, as Groot Drak found themselves in a spot of bother at 87 for 4.

Kudu Kotze was sent in at 6 to steady the ship and to support Gary in the middle overs, which he did with aplomb! Some lusty blows and fantastic timing saw Kudu retire on 53 from just 46 balls – exactly what the Doctors did not order. With victory in his sights, Gary was bowled out for an exceptionally well-played 71 from 80 balls.

Jono Boulton (9 not out) and Craig McNaught (2 not out) saw off the last few runs to seal the win for Groot Drak, with 4 overs to spare.

A well-deserved beer was enjoyed on the pitch with the Doctors after the game, before finding the comfort of the shade for some fines.

It was brilliant to host Spin Doctors again, who always bring a wonderfully-balanced side, play a great game of cricket and offer lovely company off the pitch as well.

Man of the match was a toss-up, with Gary scoring loads of very valuable runs, but eventually, it was decided that Kudu, with his quick 50 and 3 wickets would take the honours.

Match report by Craig McNaught

Groot Drak vs Somerset Oakes – 10 March 2019

On Sunday, the 10th of March 2019, Groot Drak took a drive out to Somerset West to face Somerset Oakes. The weather looked threatening and the pitch was definitely a good one for bowling with some fairly sizable cracks visible from the start.

After losing the toss, Groot Drak were asked to field first – an all too common scenario.

The bowlers exploited the cracks and did a really good job of limiting the runs while consistently taking wickets. Special mention needs to be made of the performances by Jannes Mouton (37/3 from 7), Danie van der Nest (15/2 from 5) and “Back-in-form Bruce” Taylor (7/4 from 3.5), with debutant pace-bowler, Liam Carruthers taking his first wicket for the club as well.

With not one catch being put down, Groot Drak bowled Somerset Oakes out for 105 in the 28th over. With the pitch deteriorating, this was going to be a tough run chase.

Sure enough, wickets fell early and regularly as Groot Drak slumped to 31/5, with only MC Uys (16 from 18), Jono Boulton (13 from 32) and Adrian Raisbeck (14 from 33) managing double figures. It was starting to look like the unbeaten run in the FCA was coming to an end for the Drakies.

That was, of course, until Danie van der Nest was sent out to bat with a difficult task ahead of him. As the only batsman to manage a strike-rate of better than 100, Danie smashed a very well-paced 39* from 26, scoring the winning runs with a brilliant straight drive for six! Earning himself man-of-the-match once again, Danie showed some great fighting spirit and a ‘never-say-die’ attitude.

A few quick fines and a boerie-roll and the boys were back on the bus to catch the end of the Proteas ODI and to smash a pizza and one final beer.

A tough day at the office, but a hard-fought win against a wonderful bunch of guys from Somerset West!

Groot Drak vs Citrusdal CC

Last Saturday (9th Feb) saw Groot Drak meeting Citrusdal on what can only be described as an absolute scorcher! As tradition dictates, the coin was never tossed and the home club took to the field in around 36 degrees but not a breath of wind.

Opening whiz-kid, Corrie Brand, whose bowling is often too good for most batsmen, found the edge and the woodwork and finished his full 7 over spell on 3 wickets for just 31 runs. His twin, separated at birth, Jannes Mouton, toiled equally as hard going for 44 runs and unlucky not to get a wicket. Young Lawrence Kilian was given the ball and started a little shakily, but kept earning himself another over by constantly improving his line, length and purchase off the wicket. He finished on an impressive 4 wickets from 7 overs, going for just 39.

Getting Citrusdal all out for 170 was a relief and celebrated by the fielding side in the pool and relaxing in the shade. Our openers had to deal with some pretty swift bowling and the going became worryingly slow. Eventually, Gary Seaman started to look nicely set, having seen off the openers, so the decision was made to juggle the batting order and send in Danie van der Nest in an aggressive pinch-hitting roll. To say he grabbed at the opportunity with both hands would be an under statement! Faster than you could say “ Vitalis may I have another beer, please ” he got on top of the bowlers smashing them to all corners. Hitting 80 not out off 49 balls, accompanied by Gary’s elegant 55 off 77, the total was quickly reached for the loss of just 3 wickets and a magnificent afternoon was spent with both teams and families in the pool. Fines was exceptional fun with Citrsudal boasting a huge list of rules and appropriate punishments for any discretion and the evening topped off with a braai over hot vine coals. Roll on the next fixture…!

Match report from Jono Boulton

John Faure Six-A-Side Tournament – 03 February 2019

Groot Drakenstein Games Club, hosted their annual ‘John Faure’ Six-A-Side cricket tournament on Sunday the 3rd of February. The heavy rains that fell during the day only delayed the start by 20 minutes and did little to dull the excitement of the eight teams that were invited to play. Some top-notch cricketers turned up, including a celebrity team consisting of international sporting legends; Allan Donald, Nantie Hawyard, Louis Koen, Aubrey Martyn, Frikkie Welsh and Luther Bakkes, captained by Groot Drak stalwart, Pierre Fourie. With plenty of craft beer and mouth-watering food being sold throughout the day, the spectators and players that arrived were treated to some great cricket and a wonderful atmosphere at the ground.

Two very tight pools saw several teams being separated only by the number of sixes hit and wickets lost. The plate final was played between the Celebrity Invitational Team and Coronation Cricket Club, with Coronation snatching third place overall, winning a hamper of fabulous local wines and beers.

The grand final was played in bright sunshine between Maties and Durbanville, with Maties pulling off a comfortable victory in the end – claiming the title and a massive hamper of spoils!

Individual prizes went to JT Schoeman from Durbanville for ‘Best Catch’, Nicholas Scholtz from Maties for ‘Biggest Six’, Richard Lackay from Coronation for ‘Best Bowler’, Fritz de Beer from Maties for ‘Best Batsman’ (scoring an unbeaten 127 over the course of the day) and Jaco Castle from Durbanville for ‘Best All-Rounder’. Western Province CC deservedly walked away with the prize for ‘Most Gees’ after bringing along a bus-load of eager supporters to cheer and support the club’s bar!

The day ended up a massively successful one for Grook Drak, with plenty to build on for next year’s tournament. Here’s hoping for better weather and an even better turn-out in 2020! Huge thanks to all the sponsors, without whom the day would not have been possible.

 

Deserving Winners, Maties!

Deserving Winners, Maties!

Nantie Hayward fires one in

Nantie Hayward fires one in

Glittering prizes!

Glittering prizes!

Allan Donald turns his arm over

Allan Donald turns his arm over

Textbook cover drive from Allan Donald

Textbook cover drive from Allan Donald

The celebs celebrate their spot in the plate final

The celebs celebrate their spot in the plate final

SA Rugby legends: Frikkie Welsh and Louis Koen

SA Rugby legends: Frikkie Welsh and Louis Koen

Groot Drak vs Kai Tak – 02 February 2019

Groot Draks’ unbeaten run finally came to an end against the spirited Kai Tank touring side from Hong Kong. They had their heads in the clouds after their victory against Cape Town Cricket Club and the pilots were determined to make it two tour victories in a row.

To honour the Groot Drak tradition, Kai Tak batted first and were soon on the ropes at 40/5. Our opening bowlers Colin Myburgh (3/18) and Corrie Brand (1/26) did an exceptional job. Just before the drinks break, Craig McNaught (1/1) bowled one magical over to send the tourists further into disarray. To ensure a proper game, skipper Jono Boulton took the foot off the proverbial jugular and brought some slower bowlers on.  A South African, an Englishman and a Kiwi might sound like an intro to a bad joke, but after a while, none of the Groot Drak players were laughing anymore… Kai Tak’s SA-born captain, JP Du Plessis (56) and Matts Parkinson (35) steadied the ship. It was unfortunate that Kiwi Jeff Maw (44*) would end up short of a well-deserved 50 as the innings came to a close at 212 after 40 overs.

Groot Drak, who bat fairly deep were confident and always thought the total was a achievable. Unfortunately, none of the usual suspects ended up in the runs. This was due to really good pin-point bowling aided by late Kai Tak swing bowling. Colin Myburg (77) tried his best but eventually ran out of batting partners with Groot Drak falling short by 37 runs. Gus Simmers(24) and Jannes Mouton (20) got starts, but could not convert to a match-winning batting display. JP Du Plessis (who was only not given the man of the match  award because he received it in their previous game) also ended up shining with the the ball with figures of 3/26.

Where we lacked in performance, Groot Drak made up for at fines…. We will be back to slay another day…

 

Kai Tak honouring tradition and saluting the flag

Kai Tak honouring tradition and saluting the flag

Kai Tak's Batting Card

Kai Tak’s Batting Card

Groot Drak's Batting Card

Groot Drak’s Batting Card

 

Match report by Conrad Harley