Highveld Lions retain the title

2013-01-09 00:00

ON Monday’s final day of the CSA Franchise Cubs Week in the Boland, the Dolphins lost their second game against the Warriors. The Highveld Lions retained the title as champions with a convincing win against the Titans, after their loss against the Dolphins on Sunday. The Dolphins and the Cape Cobras ended with three wins and two losses.

Senuran Muthusamy from the Dolphins top scored with 97 on a day when the bowlers performed better. For the first time, two bowlers captured five wickets and in the same match. These were two Kes spinners, Yaseen Valli and Tumelo Thlokwe, playing for the Lions in their convincing win.

The Dolphins would have been disappointed by not seeing out the 50 overs and just reaching over 200. Mark Airey with 33 was the only other batsman to spend some time at the crease. Onke Nyaku was again the stalwart of the Warriors bowlers.

Marco Marais (53) and Lloyd Brown (41) managed to get the Warriors to the moderate target to give them a second win of the week. Craig Kirsten was the best of the Dolphin bowlers with three wickets.

SCORES IN BRIEF

Dolphins 205 (S. Muthusamy 97, M. Airey 33, O. Nyaku 3/37); Warriors 206-7 (M. Marais 53, L. Brown 41, C. Kirsten 3/50). Warriors won by three wickets.

Lions 261-7 (W. Coulentianos 56, S. Pillay 55, B. Dial 54, L. Gruskin 44, V. Moore 3/42); Titans 99 (M. Coetzee 26, T. Thlokwe 5/21, Y. Valli 5/29). Lions won by 162 runs.

Knights 194-8 (C. Steyn 53, S. Ntshona 41, P. Kruger 32*, L. Williams 4/49); Cobras 196-6 (C. Fortuin 69*, Z. Hamsa 52, J. Smith 34, A. Brooker 3/37). Cobras won by four wickets.

Two South African U19 squads were announced at the end of the week, one to play in the two Tests against England and the other to play in the ODI series after the two Tests. Two Dolphins’ players, Greg Oldfield, who will still be at Michaelhouse this year, and Daryn Dupavillon, who wrote his final exams at Maritzburg College at the end of November, have been included in the 15-man ODI squad.

The Test squad of 13 players includes Craig Kirsten who finished at Kearsney at the end of last year. He had been selected for the SA Schools team at the end of 2011 and 2012.

Diego Rosier from Noordkaap, who was selected as captain of the SA Schools side will lead both Test and ODI teams. After being announced as captain, he said he was speechless at receiving this honour and well he might be, as he did not have a very good U19 School’s week nor was he very successful at the Cubs week with a top score of 37 and leading the Knights to just two wins. The selectors have obviously recognised talent in this youngster who played for South Africa in the 2012 U19 World Cup in New Zealand.

Other players who have already represented their country at the U19 level are Titans players, Michael Faassen, Vincent Moore and Murray Coetzee, Lizaad Williams from the Cape Cobras, and Shalen Pillay from the Highveld Lions.

The two youth Tests will be played from January 27 to January 30 and February 3 to February 6. The five Youth ODIs will take place between February 10 and 19, all taking place in the Western Cape.

TEST SQUAD: Diego Rosier (Knights — captain), David Beddingham (Cape Cobras), Murray Coetzee (Titans), Michael Faassen (Titans), Clyde Fortuin (Cape Cobras), Andries Gous (Knights), Craig Kirsten (Dolphins), Vincent Moore (Titans), Vasili Orros (Knights), Shaylen Pillay (Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Ngazibini Sigwili (Warriors), Lizaad Williams (Cape Cobras) ODI squad: D. Rosier (captain), D. Beddingham, Corbin Bosch (Titans), M. Coetzee, Bradley Dial (Lions), Daryn Dupavillon (Dolphins), C. Fortuin, A. Gous, Sine Ntshona (Knights), Greg Oldfield (Dolphins), K. Rabada, N. Sigwili, Jason Smith (Cape Cobras), YaseenValli (Highveld Lions), L. Williams.

SUNDAY’S CUBS WEEK RESULTS

Dolphins 255-4 (M. Airey 79, G. Oldfield 82*, P. Subrayen 47*); Highveld Lions 247-8 (B. Dial 80, L. Gruskin 73, T. Moreki 3/33). Dolphins won by eight runs.

Titans 200 (C. Bosch 40, V. Moore 40, B. Fortuin 3/43), Cape Cobras 202-9 (D. Bedingham 65). Cobras won by one wicket.

Warriors 239-7 (M. Marais 39, O. Nyaku 34, L. Brown 102*, V. Orros 3/45); Knights 240-4 (G. Bruwer 40, V. Orros 36, A. Gous 95*). Knights won by six wickets.

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