Consensus Crusaders charge to victory in NPL

Siviwe Gidana

A four-match unbeaten run in the 2017 North West Cricket Premier League (NPL) took the Consensus Crusaders to the title as they beat the Midway Strikers by 8 runs in a competitive final at Senwes Park on Sunday 2 April.
The other two teams in the tournament – the Oranje Toyota Cruisers and Senwes Spinners contested the third and fourth place playoff match. The Cruisers won that match by 5 wickets.

Photos: Wouter Pienaar

The Consensus Crusaders were in excellent form throughout the tournament and took the needed momentum into the final against a dangerous Midway Strikers outfit. The Consensus Crusaders posted 140/7 in their 20 overs, thanks largely to a 53 from Man of the Match, Lourén Steenkamp and Janneman Malan’s 45.
The Midway Striker’s chase got off to a poor start as they lost André Malan and the player of the tournament, Marques Ackerman, early on. Shane Dadswell fought a lonely battle as he hit an undefeated 50 in his side’s 8 run defeat. The Consensus Crusaders’ bowlers were keeping it really tight with Pieter Joubert and Chris Peyper making things difficult for the opposition.
The Crusaders fully deserved to walk away with the title and coach, Niel Bredenkamp, should be satisfied with his troop’s performance. Ackerman was the player of the tournament with bowler figures of 3 for 59 in 16 overs with an economy rate of 3.69 runs per over. He also scored 106 runs in the tournament. Lourén Steenkamp was the leading run- scorer in the tournament with 169 runs.
An NPL All-Star team was also chosen following the conclusion of the tournament: Richardt Frenz, Janneman Malan, Lourén Steenkamp, André Malan, Marques Ackerman (captain), Ruan Haasbroek, Wihan Lubbe, Andreas Joubert, Pieter Joubert, Jerome Xaba, Tshepho Seroalo, Shane Dadswell and Odirile Modimokwane
Teams’ thoughts:
Charl Daubney from Consensus (Consensus Crusaders manager)
‘This is the second year that we have sponsored one of the teams and, this year, we went for the win. The NPL was very well organised and a fun weekend. This event gives the players in North West amazing exposure and it’s a great way for them to get together and have fun.’
Dawie Lubbe from Oranje Toyota Klerksdorp (Oranje Toyota Cruisers)
‘The concept is great and gives excellent exposure to youngsters, development and experienced players. I am really proud to be part of the NPL. To me, it’s all about the enjoyment of players and making new friends.’
Lou Kruger from Midway Bus & Coach (Midway Strikers)
‘It was a huge success and I want to give a word of appreciation to everyone who made the NPL possible. I am thankful for the opportunity and I am looking forward to walking a long journey with North West Cricket and the NPL.’
Japie Fransman from Senwes (Senwes Spinners)
‘The facilities and general atmosphere were good. Congratulatons to Consensus on being the best team in the tournament.’

Wouter Pienaar
Sport Journalist

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