KNYSNA CRICKET NEWS - Knysna Cavaliers' sides experienced mixed fortunes during the weekend's club cricket games, with the 1st XI falling to George while the 2nd XI overcame Pioneers.
Cavaliers' first team locked horns with George at Loerie Park on Saturday 30 November, with the away side one spot above the fourth-placed Cavaliers.
A win for Cavaliers would have bagged the side crucial points in the race to secure a spot in the playoffs next year. Coming off the back of a 47-run victory over last season's runners-up (Union Stars), George won the toss at Loerie Park and elected to bat first.
The decision wasn't a convincing one as George's batsmen struggled to make their mark on the game while out at the crease, with only two batsmen reaching double figures. One of these was number-three batsman Richardt Frenz who carried the innings on his back with his top score of 55 runs. Cavaliers' bowlers impressed again, with veteran Irvin Campher emerging as their top bowler with four wickets for 25 runs in 9.5 overs as George were skittled out for 124.
The Cavaliers batsmen didn't fare any better in their run chase however, with no player able to muster up more than 15 runs. A stellar bowling performance from George's Franco Geldenhuys saw him bag a five-for, with five wickets for only 19 runs in his 10 overs. This performance, coupled with other brilliant bowling achievements, saw the home side bowled out for 90 as George secured a 34-run victory to widen the gap between the two sides on the log.
Cavaliers' second team travelled to New Horizons to take on Plettenberg Bay Pioneers in their Reserve League clash on Sunday 1 December, with the former at the top of Pool C in the league, level on points with George's third team. Pioneers held a slight mental edge over their opponents, having won the previous encounter between the clubs by 30 runs. A determined Cavaliers stood between Pioneers and that goal however, and after winning the toss, Cavaliers captain Jannie Cremer sent Pioneers in to bat.
This decision paid dividends in many ways, with the home side tumbled over for a measly 54 runs, with Byron Jantjies taking four wickets for only 15 runs in his seven overs. Cavaliers' batsmen made light work of the run chase however, with Japie Nel top-scoring with 29, helping steer Cavaliers to a five-wicket bonus-point victory.
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