Gauteng dash North West’s Africa T20 Cup hopes at Senwes Park

Mangaliso Mosehle made 52 (42) to steer his side to victory against North West in the Africa T20 Cup.
Mangaliso Mosehle made 52 (42) to steer his side to victory against North West in the Africa T20 Cup.

A steady 81 run partnership between Mangaliso Mosehle and Stephen Cook was the main catalyst that took Gauteng to a 6 wicket victory taking North West out of the Africa T20 Cup on Sunday at Senwes Park.

In the end North West’s small score of 128/6 was not enough as Gauteng managed to reach 129/4 after 16 overs to get the victory and to qualify for the Africa T20 Cup semi-finals with a better run rate than Eastern Province.

It was nail-biting stuff for Gauteng who needed to reach North West’s total with a run-rate of 12 to the over. They eventually reached that off the last ball of the 16th over to send Gauteng though.

See the photos of the match here: (Photos: Wouter Pienaar)

NW will look back at their poor top order display as they needed 30 runs more at least for their spin based attack to work with.

Gauteng’s spinner Aaron Phangiso (2/14) and Ryan Rickelton (1/14) were fantastic in the first innings as they restricted North West with tight bowling and excellent field placement.

North West Dragons won the toss and batted first but things did not go according to plan as they posted a relatively small total of 128/6.

It all started when Janneman Malan was run out for a duck after some speedy fielding from Nandre Burger. Burger then made his presence felt in the next over with his left arm pace bowling as he dismissed the dangerous Marques Ackerman LBW for 4.

Lubbe and Andre Malan then stabalised the innings with quick singles amid chirps from Gauteng that another run out were on the cards.

A 37 run partnership was then ended when Wihan Lubbe was cleaned bowled by Nono Pongolo for 16 (27). Lubbe did not seem at ease at the crease and it was only a matter of time before his defence would be breached as he played and missed at a few of the fuller deliveries.

Andre Malan then went for 32 trapped LBW just as seemed to get going. Soon thereafter, Dragons captain Jonty Rapulana and Lesego Senokwane went cheaply as the spin of Aaron Phangiso (2/14) wreaked havoc to leave the Dragons teetering on 69/6.

Ruan Haasbroek was the saviour for North West’s batting as he hit some massive sixes to top score with 33 (28). He was ably assisted by Bjorn Fortuin who hit 31 (24) including two big sixes to give North West some hope.

North West had to strike early if they stood a chance and Wihan Lubbe obliged getting rid of Rickelton for 3. The experienced Stephen Cook and Mangaliso Mosehle then combined to take the game out of North West’s hands with 81 run partnership. There were a few lifelines for the two batsmen as a difficult dropped chance went a begging for Rapulana at mid-off with the score on 48/1.

The rub of the green seemed to evade North West as disciplined spin bowling failed to get that much needed break-through with aerial balls just dropping short in the deep.

Johannes ‘JD’ Diseko then took the wicket of Stephen Cook stumped by Ruan Haasbroek for 33 and a string off wickets shortly fell thereafter most importantly the wicket of Mosehle for 52.

Yassar Cook (12) and Shaylen Pillay (12) then eventually took Gauteng over the line after a few nervous moments.

  AUTHOR
Wouter Pienaar
Sport Journalist

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