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*Official* Cricket Web 'A' in Southern Africa


International Vice-Captain
I seemed to have cost us the match i will go home and cut myself good bactting by our top order until Smith though was a good sign just the bowling needs improving imo

Loony BoB

International Captain
So many starts, only one conversion. :( Really unhappy with how I'm getting out in the 40's, gives me memories of earlier domestic seasons.

Magrat Garlick

Global Moderator
Eagles v Cricket Web A
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley

Ball By Ball

The Eagles lacked the talent to overcome a moderate total of 246 for four, as their best batsmen, Davey Jacobs and Dean Elgar, suffered early demises in the chase. Earlier, the Webheads had been confidenly on top, with all batsmen except the seemingly in-form Armstrong making considerable contributions.

Coetzee was accurate early on, tying down both openers, and the respectable strike rate was only due to failed hostility from Mpitsang and Deacon, who were easily taken for runs. When du Preez had finished his second over as third change, the score stood at 102 for no loss, and the Webheads should have ploughed on.

Instead, Cornelius du Villiers had sufficient skill and luck to stem the tide. Both openers slogged out to easy catches, and Armstrong dragged a widish one on, leaving de Silva and Scott to a quiet rebuilding session. Extras and occasional expansive strokes helped the total up to a respectable 246, despite Smith hogging up 39 balls before reaching 20; he did that with a six the ball after Beukes had dropped him at mid off.

Cameron and Dunn took the required early wickets, and though 43 runs came off the opening ten, McLaren and Beukes were unable to force the pace of the game. Cunningham, Gelman and Richards stuck to what gives wickets in the Dev League, accuracy, and though they were not rewarded with wickets, the combined bowling figures of the three change bowlers read 30 overs, one wicket, 119 runs. A late rally from Ryan McLaren did not change matters, and the Eagles fell well short on 213 for three.

Cricket Web A 246 for four (50 overs)
MW de Silva 57, S Jasotharan 54, AS Das 52; CJD du Villiers 3-47

Eagles 213 for three (50 overs)
R McLaren 93*, JA Beukes 84

Cricket Web A won by six wickets
Man of the Match: M. W. de Silva (Cricket Web A)

Magrat Garlick

Global Moderator
2nd A ODI: South Africa A vs Cricket Web A
at Boland Bank Park, Paarl

Ball By Ball

The horror leg of the tour continues for Shan Jasotharan (8 at a strike rate below 50) and Ryan Dunn (six runs an over), yet the tourists managed a last-over victory, fuelled by slogging from de Silva, Smith and Fuller in a see-saw match. Despite failings from a large proportion of the top order, the hosts had set a very competitive target, but it was undone by quality late-innings batting.

Zac Gelman's promotion to new-ball duties were successful, as Alviro Petersen inside edged his first ball to be gone for two, before Dippenaar was run out in Gelman's second over. Van Wyk kept the run rate up, punishing bad balls from Gelman and Dunn, and with the help of a considerable amount of extras the South Africans had made 109 in the first 20 overs. However, Rudolph and Duminy had got out by then, and when van Wyk steered an orthodox delivery from Richards straight to de Silva at point. Van der Wath perished in similar fashion shortly afterwards, and at 122 for six, the Webheads hoped to close things off rapidly.

However, Richards' luck had run out, McKenzie and Albie Morkel feasted on Ryan Dunn's two overs, and Smith bowled too wide to threaten the batsmen. A fine partnership of 96 denied the tourists, who couldn't produce a single chance, but Rose bowled commendably to Langeveldt and Morne Morkel at the death, keeping the total down to 240.

The chase looked remarkably similar to the previous match, with Jasotharan struggling against the new ball - one edged four off Steyn before he was caught by Langeveldt on 8 in the eighth over. The powerplays were not exploited well, and by the twentieth over the Webheads were 73 for two, with the required rate over 5.5.

Gradually, however, Towns began to dominate. Boundaries flowed easily after he had reached fifty, especially as captain McKenzie called on the gentle bowling of Jacques Rudolph for a couple of overs in place of an ineffective Langeveldt, who then came back and bowled two successive wides. However, Towns was eventually held by Dippenaar at mid off, and van der Wath kept bowling tempting lines which the Webheads wouldn't touch in fear of getting out. When they did, in van der Wath's ninth over, both Armstrong and de Silva were caught, though de Silva at least managed to hoik one over midwicket for six.

As they entered the last ten overs, the Webheads required 63 with five wickets in hand. On paper a much tougher proposition than in the previous ODI, which they lost; however, van der Wath was taken off in order for Morne Morkel to complete his ten, and was taken for 16 by Smith and Fuller from the other end to cut the run rate to acceptable levels. Smith had smashed at every ball, only failing to make contact with three, of which two were genuine appeals for lbw. The third time he wasn't quite as lucky - the ball looked to be going down leg, but a 15-ball innings had come to a close. However, with the equation down to 36 off 44, things looked safer.

They weren't quite home, however. A maiden over from Morne Morkel to Gelman turned the tables yet again, but Steyn was too keen on the short ball and was duly punished by Fuller for six. Gelman survived a drop on six, but managed to not get out, while Fuller kept thumping and tied the score at the end of the 49th over. The only chance was a maiden from Steyn to Gelman; of course impossible, as Gelman prodded the second ball past second slip for a swift single.

South Africa A 240 for eight (50 overs)
ND McKenzie 86*, MN van Wyk 55; DP Richards 2-46, SE Fuller 2-49

Cricket Web A 241 for six (49.2 overs)
DP Towns 74, SE Fuller 37* (31); JJ van der Wath 3-51, M Morkel 2-46

Cricket Web A won by four wickets
Man of the Match: S. E. Fuller (Cricket Web A)


Hall of Fame Member
Basically what we should have managed in the first game there. Solid effort in the field to restrict them to a gettable target, but the lower order didn't fall apart this time.


Cricket Web Content Updater
Nice win. Disappointed to not be taking more wickets but at least I'm not getting blasted around.

Magrat Garlick

Global Moderator
3rd A ODI: South Africa A vs Cricket Web A
in Cape Town

Ball By Ball

The Webheads ended the tour on an improbable high note, coming back from behind to take the one-day series 2-1 with a fine effort throughout. Lapses against Vernon Philander briefly threatened a confident victory, but overall it was well executed cricket on a difficult wicket.

After choosing to bowl, Zac Gelman repeated his new-ball success by yorking Morne van Wyk, and though Rudolph bashed runs, the Webheads kept taking wickets at regular intervals. Fuller bowled with threat, while Cunningham enjoyed a decent, economical spell as he replaced Dunn, while Richards and Smith filled in adequately enough. A lovely death spell from Rose tied down Albie Morkel, and though Philander seized his chance with a fine unbeaten 47, the Webheads only needed to chase 220.

Das and Towns exploited the field restrictions exceptionally well, plugging along at six an over during the first eleven overs, and Jasotharan joined in on the fun with a typically brief 21-ball innings. Yet, this time, he got off the mark, hitting three fours and a six in his 27. From four down, the batsmen weren't quite as assured, and Steyn and Philander had the middle order in some worry; however, Fuller came in and easily guided the team home when at five down for 180.

South Africa A 219 for eight (50 overs)
VD Philander 47*, JA Rudolph 45; XPA Rose 2-33, SE Fuller 2-43, ZE Gelman 2-52

Cricket Web A 220 for six (41.2 overs)
AS Das 59; VD Philander 2-37, DW Steyn 2-48

Cricket Web A won by six wickets
Man of the Match: A. S. Das (Cricket Web A)


Good way to end the tour, especially after our capitulation in the FC side of things. A dissapointing tour from myself at the crease but I bowled alright and we came away with our heads held high, so I'm proud to have led the guys.