Cricket Results

Groot Drak vs Western Province Cricket Club – 4 December 2016

On Sunday the 4th of December, Groot Drak played host to long-standing friends of the club, Western Province CC in the Alfie Cupido Memorial Game. A moment of silence was observed by both teams in remembrance of Groot Drak’s ex-captain who died suddenly on the field when these two teams met five years ago. 

Honouring tradition, Groot Drak took to the field first, opening the bowling with debutant Van Zyl de Wet (1/10 off 5) and Joubert Kotze (0/17 off 5). Some accurate pace-bowling from the two seamers meant that runs were hard to come by, which forced some loose shots and provided a few half-chances early on. 

The openers were replaced by Kudu Kotze (2/17 off 7) and Craig McNaught (1/19 off 6), who bowled a tight line until the drinks break. Whether it was something in the Oros or the heat of the African sun, the bowling radar malfunctioned somewhat and catching the ball became a challenge for the fielders. 

The spinners, Jaco ‘Beesboer’ Swarts (0/18 off 4) and Angus ‘Dr. Evil’ Simmers (2/23 off 5), aided by skipper Bruce ‘Olieboor’ Taylor (1/9 off 3) did their job by frustrating the opposition and claiming some valuable wickets. 

Western Province ended up with 118 runs from their 35 overs as both teams took a welcome lunch-break and a refreshing dip in the pool. 

Aggressive from ball one, Groot Drak’ opening batsmen, Jaco Swarts and Joubert Kotze (8) gave the home team a solid platform, with plenty of batting to come. Angus Simmers was instrumental in seeing the shine off the ball and put on a vital 12 off 25 before being adjudged LBW. Another debutant, Tiaan Herbst (8) looked good, but got out cheaply as he made way for Morne Landman, who made a welcome comeback after a long, injury-induced absence – scoring 16 runs from 14. 

Joined at the crease by Jono Boulton(2*), Jaco Swarts blasted an unbeaten man-of-match-winning 59 off 72 balls as Groot Drak comfortably chased down the required runs with 12 overs to spare. 

A great day out was reflected on during an extended fines meeting, seeing a handful of exceptional performances celebrated and some less-than-exceptional performances punished on both sides. We want to apologise on behalve of out Captain Bruce Taylor that repeatedly referred to Neil Watson as Ken and also the WPCC as CTCC. 

The two debutants, Van Zyl and Tiaan, were officially welcomed to the club via the initiation ceremony, introducing even more youth and talent to a wonderful group of cricketers. 

Both teams convened around the braais and solved the world’s problems over a few frosties and in good company. 

A wonderful day of cricket and camaraderie was enjoyed by all. We eagerly look forward to meeting up with Western Province Cricket Club in the New Year when we take them on in Cape Town. 


Groot Drak vs Cape Town Cricket Club – 27 November 2016

The Groot Drak squad arrived punctually at the Boon Wallace Oval in Plumstead on Sunday 27th of November 2016, only to find out that the air-conditioning had broken! It was unanimous, regardless of the state of the pitch ( which was enough to make us all appreciate our amazing home-ground facilities all the more ) we knew we had to win the toss, and put the opposition into to field in the sweltering heat. Skipper, Bruce Taylor, unfortunately did not have lady luck on his side and it was chasing leather for us through the midday heat. 

Cape Town Cricket Club as always fielded an extremely experienced side with many familiar faces. They batted all the way down and everyone contributed, no one more so than MC Laubscher who smashed an impressive 71 of 58 balls before being stumped, only because heat exhaustion had set in, thank goodness…! At one stage we thought we were staring down the barrel of a score of well over 200. 

Some excellent bowling and catching at the death restricted the opposition to 193 for 8 after 35. 

The chase was laboured, but young DJ Kotze steered the ship on, refusing to give away his wicket ( 40 runs off 78 ) suddenly there was a sniff as runs accumulated. Young wicket keeper/batsman Jono Boulton received an unlucky LBW decision while cruising along nicely ( 25 off 29) , to make way for the Pocket-sized Ninja. Roydon Adams set about the bowlers like a man possessed, smashing a swashbuckling ( 41* off 19 ) and into a nail biting finish, needing 8 off the last over with Ryan Stemmet falling just short with an excellent effort of 11 off 12. Losing by just 8 runs was a magnificent team effort showing nothing short of pure grit and guts from every single player. 

Fines were excellent fun, hosted by CTCC, each player being paired with his opposite number in a beer down down and needless to say Groot Drak reigned supreme, obliterating the opposition. We can’t wait for the rematch and winning the double header next year. 


Groot Drak vs Coastal Strikers – 20 November 2016

On Sunday the 20th of November, Groot Drakenstein hosted Coastal Strikers for the home team’s fourth league game of the season. Both teams arrived at the ground looking fit and energetic for what promised to be a great day of cricket and sunshine. 

As per the long-standing tradition, the visitors were asked to bat on an expertly-prepared pitch by the groundsman and barkeep, Vitalis. 

A nervous start from the opening batters saw very few runs on the board before the first wicket fell. The opening bowlers, Roydon Adams (0/13 off 4) and Craig McNaught (2/11 off 6), were assisted by the breeze in getting some lateral movement, not allowing the batsmen to free their arms during the day’s opening spell. Two new inductees to the club, Hennie Bosman (0/10 off 5) and Devin Whelan (1/9 off 2) were asked to replace the openers and kept the batsmen under constant pressure, forcing a loose shot and a spectacular caught-and-bowled effort from debutant, Whelan. 

At drinks, Coastal Strikers had only managed 48 runs, but had plenty of wickets in hand – crucial when looking to accelerate and post a big total at Groot Drak. The spinners, Jaco Swarts (2/10 off 6) and Angus Simmers, bowled in tandem to continue the strangle, while aided tremendously by an inspired fielding unit. Two remarkable, diving catches at cow corner from Roydon Adams (both worthy nominees for ‘catch-of-the-season’ thus far), allowed Simmers to bag a hugely influential five-wicket-haul, finishing with 5 for 16 off 6. This was followed by some smart work behind the sticks from Jono Boulton, resulting in two stumpings, as the visiting side collapsed to 78 runs all out. 

It looked like an achievable target, but, as we’ve seen at the club many times before, any runs on the board require good batting to be chased down. 

After a short lunch break, Gary Seaman (12 off 16) and Jaco Swarts (28 retired off 16) put on a blistering opening stand, which caused the visiting team to chop-and-change their bowlers, preventing any chance of settling down. Mark Kirstein (24 off 17), watched by Andrew McNaught (4 off 12), played some great cricket shots to end the game with a convincing win for Drak, who reached the 78 run target in just the 10th over. 

Although the game was ended somewhat prematurely, a deserved drink on the pitch and a swim after the game had both teams ready to face the inevitably gruelling fines meeting in good spirits. There was plenty of give-and-take during fines, before Hennie Bosman and Devin Whelan were officially welcomed to Groot Drak via the club’s induction ritual, which is equal parts dizzying and entertaining. 

The braais burned well in to the evening, while both teams celebrated a game of cricket that was played in a wonderful spirit by 22 ambassadors of the sport! 


Groot Drak vs Elgin CC – 12 November 2016

Saturday the 12th of November saw Groot Drakenstein take on Overberg rivals, Elgin Cricket Club at Pickstone Oval. The early overhead conditions looked perfect for pace bowling, with plenty of cloud cover and a lively track, as Groot Drak took to the field with ball in hand. Colyn Myburgh and Phillip Lotter (0/40 off 4) started the proceedings – bowling to a very determined-looking opening pair from Elgin. 

Some very sharp work in the field from Ryan Stemmet, finished off by Philip Lotter, saw the opening partnership broken with a rare run-out. 

Myburgh got the second breakthrough in the 7th over, during a notably impressive spell, which included 4 maidens, finishing with impeccable figures of 13/2 after his allotted 7 overs. 

The bowling changes were frequent as Elgin started to steady the ship, with Ryan Stemmet (0/47 off 7) and Pierre Fourie (0/4 off 2) only just unable to pick up a few much-needed wickets. 

The spin bowlers, Bruce Taylor (40/2 off 7) and Wynand Grobler were introduced after the drinks-break, in the hope that taking the pace off the ball would force an error from the batters. It did. A sublime caught-and-bowled from the skipper, followed just a few balls later by another wicket, put the pressure squarely back on the visitors. Grobler (29/2 off 7), who picked up 2 valuable wickets, was unlucky not to bag several more, as catches were put down all around the park, while Elgin’s number 5 batsman romped to 85 not out off 95 balls. 

After their 35 overs, Elgin had amassed 190 runs for 7 wickets, leaving Groot Drak the daunting task of beginning the run-chase with 5.4 runs required from each over. 

Eager, for whatever reason, to watch the Springboks take on England after the game, the lunch-break was quick and the players were back on the field to resume play in no time. 

A slow, but rock-solid start from the opening batsmen, Christo La Grange (16 off 41) and Gary Seaman, saw a great foundation being laid for the bigger hitters later on. Seaman was caught just 2 runs short of what would have been a well-deserved half century. 

Gert Uys (8) and Ryan Stemmet (6) were out cheaply as Colin Myburgh and Wynand Grobler were sent in to try and salvage some pride for the home team, who were more than 100 runs shy, with the required rate above 8 runs to the over. 

Watching from the clubhouse, the spectators were treated to some big hitting from Wynand Grobler, scoring 24 not out off just 9 balls, as well as a perfectly-paced innings from Colin Myburgh – in the end, seeing Groot Drak comfortably over the line with a man-of-the-match-winning performance – finishing on an unbeaten 75 off 48 balls. 

After the match, the fines were quick and brutal, with almost 20 drop-catches from both teams during the day’s play! 

As is usually the case at Groot Drakenstein, the game was played in a fantastic manner, with all 22 players leaving the ground happier than when they arrived. We look forward to another exciting game against Elgin when we face them again next year. 


Groot Drak vs Somerset Oakes – 30 October 2016

On Sunday 30 October, Groot Drak took a drive out to Somerset West for the first away game of the season against Somerset Oakes. After winning the toss, Groot Drak decided to bowl first on what looked like a pretty green and grippy track. The Kotze brothers (Joubert: 24/0 off 6 and Deon: 13/0 off 3) were tasked with opening the bowling and kept things very tight, preventing the opposition from scoring freely. Morné Maritz, who went for only 16 off his 6 overs, joined the attack with Roydon Adams (11/2 off 4) and both did a very good holding job until drinks. 

Somerset Oakes had plenty of batters in the hut, but urgently needed more runs on the board. An inspired bowling change saw the introduction of Bruce Taylor, who, in his 7 overs, took 5 magnificent wickets for 32 runs, putting even more pressure on the home side. Phillip Lotter picked up 2 wickets in 2 balls and the batting side was looking in trouble. 

Despite the good bowling, Somerset Oakes stabilised due to some below-average work in the field and plenty of chances going to ground (one forcing Rob ‘Freight-train’ Frater to retire injured). At the end of their 35 overs, Somerset Oakes had set Groot Drak a total of 146 runs. 

Queue the run-chase. 

A shaky start by Drak meant the highest score by a batsman in the top six was a meager 16 runs from Mark Kirstein. In need of a miracle, the tail-enders were charged with the almost impossible task of scoring nearly 100 runs at just under 5 an over. 

It looked to be all over until Deon ‘Kudu’ Kotze and Roydon Adams put on a stunning display of hitting to get the Franschhoek lads within striking distance. With less than 3 overs remaining, Kudu Kotze reached 50 runs (58*) at better than a run-a-ball and Roydon Adams (18* off 18 balls) played a lofted straight drive to see Groot Drak cross the line with 2 wickets in hand, recording a hard-fought win over Somerset Oakes. 

After the match, we were joined by the home team for a fines ceremony that punished and celebrated many performances from both camps. The game was played in a great spirit and we look forward to welcoming Somerset Oakes to Groot Drak next year for the reverse fixture.