Cricket Results

Groot Drak vs Southern Cavaliers – 01 March 2023

After 3 years since we last had the pleasure of hosting the Southern Cavaliers from Washington DC, we recently had one of the most enjoyable games played at the Pickstone oval in a long time.

With normal touring side traditions upheld, the visiting side was put into bat and after very tight spell from the two opening bowlers – Craig McNaught (2/19 from 6) and Ian Nel (1/20 from 5), wickets began to fall quite regularly. Special mention needs to be made of the spectacular catch down the leg side by Jono “eat your heart out Klaasen” Boulton – an effort that really got the Drakies’ tails up.

A great effort put in by all – albeit that this author may have or may not have dropped their highest scoring batsman when he had just open up his account – the limited spread of bowlers all did well,with Eddie Cloete and Bruce Taylor pitching in with 2 wickets a piece.

There were some easy let-offs by Groot Drak with a number of misfields and dropped catches, yet Groot Drak kept the Cavaliers to a respectable, yet chasable score of 206 runs from 40 overs.

What should’ve been a reltively easy target to chase down by normal Groot Drak standards, did not go as planned with a few cheap wickets falling quite early on. Making a guest appearance, Dave Bakker carved out a well played 32 runs for the Drakies. But once again, Captain courageous, Craig McNaught, walked in and put on a magnificent score of 71 runs not out off 88 balls, well supported by Jono “eat your heart out Klaasen” Boulton (12 from 35), giving the entire team hope of actually achieving the target.

However, some of the most spectacular wrist spin from the Cavaliers was enjoyed more from the umpire’s position than that of the batsman’s crease, while the seamers supported with some great line and length. Groot Drak fell short by 25 runs. The result was the first time that the Cavaliers had beaten Groot Drak and the overall tally now stands at 2-1.

The camaraderie was enjoyed by all in the pool with a few frosties, after which a very festive fines meeting was held.

The lamb on the spit dinner topped off the evening of old friendships being renewed and new friendships being formed. Testament to this was how both teams enjoyed each other’s company well into the night, along with the all important lesson of “champ” was learnt.

We look forward to the Cavaliers touring South Africa again and hopefully we can put Groot Drak back on a winning streak.

Man of the Match: Craig McNaught
Match report by Sean Petzer

Groot Drak vs Cheshire Seniors – 26 February 2023

It was an absolute pleasure to welcome back the Cheshire Seniors, with a lot of familiar faces piling out of the bus on a perfect summer morning in the Boland.

The visitors were asked to bat first and had a tough time against the Groot Drak openers Colin Myburgh (0/2 from 3 overs) and Craig McNaught (0/3 from 3 overs). Cheshire managed just seven runs from the first six overs, but without losing a wicket, largely thanks to two dropped chances off Colin’s bowling.

Mike Devine clearly felt the scoring rate was out of control and bowled a first change spell that began with 3 maidens and 2 wickets. Unfortunately Mike was hit for a boundary and completely ruined his figures: 5 for 2 from 4 overs. Making a welcome return, Nic Addison pitched in with 0/12 from his four over spell.

Introduced just before drinks, in a rare occurrence, Bruce Taylor failed to pick up a wicket and was carted for 22 runs from his 5 overs.

At the 17 over drinks break, Cheshire Seniors were 49/2.

A new face at Groot Drak, George Ware turned his arm over for the first time in many years. A number of extra’s saw George go for 31 runs from his 4 overs.

There was some tidy left-arm orthodox from Claude Chantler (0/13 from 4) and a mixed bag from Ian Nel, who seized the opportunity to pocket 3 wickets for 26 runs.

Looking to give the entire team at least one over, Jono Boulton (0/7 from 2), Mark Nel (0/1 from 1) and Hugo Brink (0/3 from 1) tidied things up at the end of the innings.

Thanks to a plethora of extras (34 of them!), the target was set at 130 for victory.

After a quick lunch break, the Cheshire lads toasted the flag and made their way out to the field with Hugo Brink and Mark Nel opening the batting for Groot Drak.

Mark managed a run-a-ball 26 before being caught and bowled, introducing Jono Boulton at number 3.

Having not had many opportunities to show off his batting talents, Hugo got stuck in and was brutal on anything short of a length. At a strike rate of nearly 200, Hugo got to his first ever half-century and had to be retired after a very well played 65 from 39 balls.

Jono was uncharacteristically aggressive with the bat, smashing 27* from 19, including a six into the clubhouse. George Ware needed to score just 2 runs as the home team coasted to a comfortable victory in the 16th over.

A quick 10 over game was orchestrated, with two sides made up of players from both teams heading out for a bit of fun. The game, oddly enough, ended in a tie, with James Boulton, Mark Nel and Colin Myburgh the standout performers for their respective teams.

Afterwards, everyone welcomed the opportunity to enjoy a refreshment on the pitch, while Richard von Hoesslin gave his rendition of the club’s history.  A light-hearted fines meeting was held in front of the clubhouse before everyone shuffled inside for a lamb dinner, some local wine and a few presentations to cap off a lovely day.

Thanks to the Cheshire Seniors for their exceptional company and we wish them all the best for the remainder of their South African tour.

Man of the match: Hugo Brink

Match report by Craig McNaught


Groot Drak vs Saints UK – 23 February 2023

A very fit and youthful looking Saints side arrived at Groot Drak on Thursday 23 February after a 20 year absence from the club. Groot Drak’s motley crew were right to be nervous.

Honouring the age-old tradition that any touring side will always bat first at Groot Drak, Saints skipper Jamie Briant was more than happy to get his lads padded up and ready for action.

Being forced to open the bowling up the slope, Jannes Mouton (0/32 from 5) struggled for rhythm, but had the batsmen struggling when he did find a good area. Down the hill, Craig McNaught had a far easier job and bowled a very tidy line and length, conceding just 5 runs in his 4 over spell, with two maidens to boot.

The Saints opening batters were steady and gave no chances away, achieving an unbroken 50 run stand after 11 overs.

A change of bowling brought the breakthrough, with young Kaydon Cloete on debut for Groot Drak, who, while a touch expensive, bowled well for his 1/25 from 4 overs.

Veteran seam bowler, Colin Myburgh’s first over went for 12 runs, but found his mojo quickly and conceded only 5 more runs in his 4 over spell.

After drinks, spin twins Alan Sherratt and Adam ‘Eddie’ Cloete got stuck in and caused some headaches for the middle order. A quicker ball from Alan had the dangerous Ward Manning trapped LBW for 17 runs. While going at more than 8 an over, Alan somehow managed to bowl his quota of overs and posted returns of 1/58 from 7. Eddie was super economical at the other end and unlucky not to pick up any wickets, as his spell of 7 went for 37 runs.

Wickets were hard to come by, so when Claude Chantler (1/9 from 2) clean bowled Ben Hanson with a long-hop, just after going to his 50, the Drakies were feeling a bit more positive.

Also making his debut for Groot Drak was Nic Slabber who was cruelly asked to bowl at the end of the innings and gifted 19 runs in his two overs.

After their 35 over allotment, Saints had 204 runs on the board. There was consensus among the players that this was just about par for the conditions.

Changing things up at half time, Lejean Pieterse treated the players to an incredible lunch braai that saw the Brits head back several times to refill their plates with the delicious food on offer. A quick salute to the flag along with the customary brandy imbibement and both teams were ready for the second half of the game.

The run chase started slowly for the home team. Claude faced just two deliveries and was bowled out cheaply, with Nic Slabber taking his time and grinding out 19 runs from 44 balls.

In at three, Gert Uys was never going to die wondering ‘what if?’ and, by his standards, scored a very reserved 18 from 18 balls, before offering up a simple caught and bowled chance. Gert’s wicket precipitated a further collapse with Wessel Lourens and Alan Sherratt each only managing two runs, exposing both the skipper and the chairman at 6 and 7 early on.

Craig McNaught (12 from 12) was looking set before he was run out thanks to some terrific fielding at midwicket, while Jono Boulton (8 from 18) fell to a sharp catch behind the stumps.

Groot Drak were in all sorts of trouble at 64 for 7 after 16 overs.

Never one to lie down, Colin Myburgh spearheaded a terrific comeback with the bat, with Kaydon Cloete keeping him company at the crease. Colin smashed arguably his finest innings for many seasons at Groot Drak, but finally succumbed to a classic catch at backward point. Colin departed for 70 runs from just 54 balls and Groot Drak were back in the hunt.

Kaydon picked up the pace nicely, while batting alongside an injured Jannes Mouton. With 5 overs left in the game, Groot Drak needed 53 runs with only 2 wickets in hand. The game was on a knife edge.

Kaydon kept his cool and found the occasional boundary to get the home side close. The 33rd over went for 15 runs, the 34th for 14. Groot Drak had 200 on the board, needing 5 for victory from the last over. Calm as you like, Kaydon Cloete (38* from 42) tied the scores with 2 balls remaining in the game and pushed the next delivery to the fence. Groot Drak had done what seemed impossible just a few overs before and eked out the narrowest of narrow victories.

After a quick history lesson on the pitch, the teams assembled in front of the clubhouse to enjoy a fines meeting for the books. While our new friends from the UK had to depart early, we thoroughly enjoyed their company and the incredible day of friendly cricket that transpired.

Best of luck to the Saints on the rest of their SA tour – we look very much forward to welcoming them back sooner rather than later!

Man of the match & lifesaver: Colin Myburgh
Match report by Craig McNaught

Groot Drak vs Surrey Seniors – 18 February 2023

After three long years since we last had the pleasure of hosting the team, this last Saturday saw us welcoming back the Surrey Seniors, a UK touring over 60’s side who are out in South Africa for approximately 10 days.

Keeping traditions strong, they were asked to bat first, which they accepted happily.

The two openers were superb, specifically Mr Chris Evans who put on a score of 83 in only 87 balls, while being supported by his fellow teammates on the other end.

Admittedly, we underestimated our opposition and only managed to take 3 wickets (2 for Bruce and 1 for Zak) as they slowly but steadily posted a 199 run total for us to try and chase down.

As they say, catches win matches and unfortunately, Groot Drak were not up to the task, with a few going down.  Overall though, a stern effort by everyone in the team with some of us having to consider buying a new set of whites after throwing our bodies all over the ground for 40 overs.

At innings break, the Surrey Seniors did the traditional salute and toast to the Groot Drak flag but even that shot of brandy would not hinder their performance as Groot Drak struggled. The first four wickets fell for only 50 runs.

It was tough going out there with the Surrey Seniors bowling an impressive line and length with most of the Groot Drak batsmen battling to get the ball off the square.
If it wasn’t for a fine Captain’s knock by Craig McNaught, Groot Drak would’ve fallen well short of the target, as he put on a spectacular 58 off just 52.
The tail did attempt a wag but all in all Groot Drak fell short by 18 runs in the second last over.

After a very festive fines meeting in which the Surrey Seniors got stuck in, a great evening was had by all with dinner and a few toasts shared over some great wine thanks to Quintin van der Westhuizen

Always a great touring side to host, we wish the Surrey Seniors all the best for the rest of their tour and look forward to seeing them again very soon!
Thanks to everyone who supported the day out.

Match report by Sean Petzer

Groot Drak vs Elgin CC – 11 February 2023

Arguably Groot Drak’s favourite away fixture is the trip over the mountain to visit Elgin Country Club. On Saturday the 11th of February, we were greeted by Kevin Daniel and his crew on a scorching Overberg morning.

The wicket looked pretty good and after winning the toss, the Drakies skipper elected to bat first.

Quintin van der Westuizen (10 from 17) fell early to a one-handed screamer at backward point by George Eadie, while Rikus took his time at the other end.
In at number three, Colin Myburgh smashed his way to a very handy 38 from 21, just before the first drinks break.

Rikus and Ian Nel put on a mammoth third wicket partnership, both going to their fifties in style. Rikus opened up his shoulders and blasted multiple boundaries, bringing up his second fifty in just 18 balls, marching to a well-deserved 118 from 66 deliveries. Ian was eventually dismissed for a run-a-ball 61 – his first half-century for Groot Drak.

Trying to paddle the ball behind square, Bruce Taylor managed to top-edge his first delivery straight into his head at pace. Unperturbed, Bruce got on with things and was not out for 30 from 25. The team strengthened their position with some good death batting from Craig McNaught, who ended on 44 not out from 19 deliveries.

At the break, Groot Drak had posted possibly their highest ever total of 362/4 from 35 overs.

During the chase, Elgin lost wickets early and with regularity. Opening the bowling, Johann Agenbag was the destroyer-in-chief, taking 4 scalps for 34 in his 7 overs.

Some impressive resistance from Andre (50 from 42), Rikus Kruger (31 from 19) and George (41 from 36) had Elgin hopeful, but still a fair way off the pace.

Making a welcome return after a lengthy injury, Sean Petzer got stuck in with the ball and also picked up four wickets for his troubles, landing up with 51/4 from 6.2 overs. Bruce Taylor and Wessel van Deventer each took stunning catches, putting heaps of pressure on the home team.

Towards the end of the game, the van Deventers turned their arms over. Thanks to a sharp stumping from Quintin van der Westhuizen, Christo (1/15 from 2) earned his first wicket for Groot Drak. Up the hill, Wessel (1/18 from 4) was unlucky to only knock over one batter as Elgin were bowled out for 202 runs.

After the game, a few cold beverages were enjoyed while overlooking the beautiful Elgin scenery. Thanks to Kevin and the lads for their awesome hospitality and for putting on a game that will not be forgotten any time soon.

Man of the Match: Rikus Walters

Match Report by Craig McNaught