Grant Thompson of Eastern Storm
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The more experienced Eastern Storm claimed a convincing eight-wicket win over South Africa Under-19 side in the CSA Provincial T20 Knock Out Competition in Bloemfontein on Friday.
The game was the second of the Pool C doubleheader hosted at the Mangaung Oval, with the victory leaving the Easterns in second place in the group, following a similar win by the Dolphins earlier in the day.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the junior outfit lived up to their coach’s pre-match comments regarding “giving a good account of ourselves” as the young batters bravely dispatched the ball to all parts of the ground, led by starlet Dewald Brevis.
Walking in at three, Brevis smashed a 25-ball 46, including an incredible four sixes and two fours in a T20 debut performance he and his peers can be proud of.
Brevis formed a solid partnership with Andile Simelane (22) worth 54 runs for the third wicket, ending their powerplay on a healthy 64/2.
Crucial inroads were then made in the 9th and 11th over by Easterns’ Tumelo Tlhokwe (3/18), with both in-form batters removed by the spinner, leaving the Under-19 side with a rebuild job.
That task was taken head on by captain George van Heerden (34) and wicket-keeper batter, Kaden Solomon (30*), as they helped propel the rising stars to a competitive total of 172/8 after their allotted overs.
Along with Tlhokwe, Khwezi Gumede shone with the ball, taking three wickets for 19 runs in just three overs to restrict their younger opponents.
In reply and notwithstanding of the early departure of captain Sizwe Masondo (13), the Benoni-based side made light work of the imposing total as their top order laid the foundation for an impressive win.
Opener, Danie Rossouw top-scored for the Benoni-based side, with an unbeaten maiden T20 half-century, recording a 48-ball 66 in a 94-run stand with the experienced Grant Thomson (42).
Asakhe Tsaka (1/22) and Liam Alder (1/41) provided the SA U19s with a glimmer of hope with the ball, but it was not to be as Rossouw and Jurie Snyman (49*) showed their mettle and guided the Storm over the line with two overs to spare.
– CSA media