While everyone was still tucked in bed after the heavy rains on Saturday morning, Hermanus Cricket Club was still unsure if they would have to travel to Paarl for the second last T20 fixture. Just after 06:00 the call came that the teams will have a game, so the boys travelled to Paarl.
Hermanus 2nd team won the toss and elected to field first. Mbeko Kamana struck first and soon thereafter it was the Dylan Burger show, an all-round performance with ball and fielding lead that Hermanus restricted Young Peoples to a modest 121 in 20 overs. Dylan Burger and also Jaco Swart steered Hermanus to a memorable win, winning by 9 wickets.
The 1st team was hampered by injuries and players not being available. Some 2nd team players had to play another game the afternoon, with more than 26 players not available for selection and the names that turned up on paper for the opposition, it was always going to be an uphill battle.
Again Captain Waleed Saban opted to chase the game and the home-side was sent in to bat, all the bowlers kept their line and lengths and it was not always easy scoring boundaries. The batsman did take some chances and got away with it right at the end of their innings and the home side felt comfortable with 140/7 in 20 overs, which was one of the higher scoring matches thus far this season. The Hermanus skipper led from the front and was the pick of the bowlers with 24/4 in 4 overs.
Beating Young Peoples away seemed to be a Voodoo-thing for numerous years and again Hermanus started badly with Viv Adams being judged plumb leg before wicket (LBW) with the very first ball of the Hermanus innings. In came Captain Courageous Waleed Saban, a name you will read a lot this season, who with Pierre Kriel took the attack to the bowlers. While Kriel was attacking, Saban was still being cautious. At 110/4 after 16 overs you would think Hermanus would seal victory with Blake Ludick hitting some form with the bat, but 2 run-outs turned the complexity of the game on its head. Pressure started showing while Hermanus did show their fitness levels as plenty of quick singles and twos were run, needing 18 runs off 12 balls the scale tipped the way of Young Peoples. Eight runs were scored off the penultimate over, and it was left to Ruben Harmse and James Ranby to get the boys over the line. Some sneaky runs kept their hopes alive, and with Hermanus needing 2 runs off the very last ball it was still anybody’s game, but the cool and calm Harmse never doubted and got Hermanus home winning by 3 wickets.
With this win both the Hermanus 1st team and the 2nd team secured the 2nd position in their respective competitions. Both teams need some favours from other matches and also need to win their last home T20 fixture this weekend to qualify for a spot in the finals which will be played in March next year.
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