CRICKET NEWS - Thanks to a massive run chase in their second innings, Free State outplayed SWD in their Cricket South Africa Provincial three-day match that ended at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn on Saturday.
The visitors from Bloemfontein were victorious courtesy of an unbroken 157-runs partnership for the 6th wicket.
SWD, who batted first and scored 174, had an early advantage with a lead of 36 runs after they dismissed Free Sate for 138 runs in their first innings.
In the SWD innings Heath Richards (41) and Brendon Louw (55*) impressed with the bat while Corné Dry (3/34) and Sean Whitehead (3/18) each bagged three wickets.
Karabo Mogotsi (50) hit a half-century for Free State while Tsepo Ndwandwa (3/29) and Kirwin Christoffels (3/9) excelled for SWD with the ball.
Fine batting displays by Yamkela Oliphant (45), Heath Richards (75) and Richard Frenz (59) allowed SWD to declare their first innings at 265/6 - setting Free State a target of 302 in 84 overs.
An opening stand of 106 by Hanco Olivier (43) and Paballo Mogoera (72) put Free State in the driving seat, but with their score on 145/4 they were with their backs against the wall. It was Patrick Botha (106*; 3x6, 11x4) with a brilliant century and Romano Terblanche (59*), who also batted magnificently, who secured a Free State victory after reaching the target in the 75th over.
SWD, although competitive, have lost their first two matches in the three-day competition. Their next match will be against the Gauteng Strikers at the Recreation Ground from 7 to 9 November.
The summarised score card is:
SWD 1st innings 174 (Heath Richards 41, Brendon Louw 55*, Corné Dry 3/34, Sean Whitehead 3/18). 2nd innings 265/6 declared (Yamkela Oliphant 45, Richards 75, Richard Frenz 59, Dry 2/50, Whitehead 2/72). Free State 1st innings 138 (Korabo Mogotsi 50, Bradley de Villiers 2/24, Tsepo Ndwandwa 3/29, Kirwin Christoffels 3/9). 2nd innings 302/4 (Hanco Olivier 43, Paballo Mogoera 72, Patrick Botha 106*, Romano Terblanche 59, Ndwandwa 2/97).
Free State won by 6 wickets.
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