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HHCC’s winning ways is halted

The efforts of the first team of Hottentots Holland Cricket Club (HHCC) to close the margin between it and log leaders Rylands Cricket Club hit a snag at the weekend.

The local lads succumbed to a two-wicket defeat at the hands of the log leaders in Athlone on Saturday 2 March. The pitch and weather conditions set the scene for a bowler’s paradise, as wickets tumbled in both innings, with a total of 18 wickets falling throughout the day.

The visitors batted first and their top order battled to get to terms with the conditions, with the top five batsmen failing to reach double figures. But Edwin Daniels and bright young star Salmaan Ajam came to their team’s rescue and managed to provide some resistance to the Rylands bowling onslaught.

Daniels (21) and Ajam (45) led the way in the HHCC innings, taking them to 135 (all out) after 49 overs.

But the HHCC bowlers picked up where the home side’s bowlers left off and used the playing conditions to their benefit. They put up a commendable fight, well supported by the team’s overall fielding performance.

However, their efforts were in vain as Rylands crossed the line in the 45th over, with the score on 136/8. For HHCC, Ajam was again one of the star performers with the ball as he managed to pick up two scalps for just 19 runs in eight overs. The 16-year-old was well supported by veteran all-rounder Abdul-Aziz Temoor (8.4-2-30-2) and Riyaad Oliver (10-4-22-2).

On Saturday 9 March HHCC will look to return to winning ways when they host Blue Bells CC at the Naval Sports Grounds in Gordon’s Bay.

The second team of Hottentots Holland CC hosted Northpine CC at the naval grounds on Saturday. The visitors batted first and were all back in the cloakrooms with the score on 157 after 30 overs.

The HHCC batsmen stood firm and grafted hard to reach the target, reaching success in 44 overs to clinch the encounter by seven wickets. The home side ended the match on 160/3.

HHCC’s women’s team travelled to Mandalay to lock horns with Samora Machel CC on Sunday 3 March. It was an extremely low-scoring affair as the visitors dominated the day’s proceedings, which lasted all of 39 minutes.

The hosts batted first and failed to withstand the bowling prowess of the HHCC women, scoring a mere 17 runs in 5.5 overs. Nuraan Fanie (3-0-9-4) and Aisha Abels (2.5-1-5-3) were in sublime form with the ball, completely overhauling their opponents.

In their innings, the HHCC batters crossed the line with ease but lost two wickets in the process, scoring 19/2 after just 3.5 overs.

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