JCC – 234/1 in 20 overs
VUT – 119 all out in 19.1 overs
JCC won by 115 runs
Report by Tshepiso Mametela
The 1st Team secured their third win on the trot in the match against an under-powered VUT team in the last round of games in this season’s T20 Competition.
A win in the afternoon’s game against Alexandra CC propelled the team to second on the log of Pool B, six agonizing points short of log leaders Old Eds CC.
In Sunday’s 9am game, however, JCC’s decision to bat first was duly validated as the two openers A.D. Gagiano and Stef le Roux raced to a half century stand inside the first 5 overs.
There seemed no end in sight from the brutal onslaught as the 100 run partnership loomed large, with 111 runs amassed after 10 overs.
A.D., fresh from a century in the previous week’s last game, was particularly ruthless as he went after the bowlers; heaving, cutting, punching and scooping his way to a well played 115 not out off 63 balls.
This contribution helped the team attain a first in the GCB T20 Competition of scoring two consecutive +200-run totals.
A display of some fiery quick bowling from the opening pair of Damien Hutchinson and Tanaka (TK) Chivanga set the tone for an eventful opening passage of play in the VUT chase. This was marked by TK pitching a short ball in his opening over that bounced prodigiously and struck VUT opener Clive Behr plum on the side of his helmet to send him sprawling to the ground. Fortunately, Clive survived this bruising although he retired hurt.
The JCC bowlers continued to ask questions of the VUT batsmen, reducing them from 34 for no loss to five wickets down with less than 100 runs on the board.
Continuing his winning form with the bat, A.D. claimed two quick wickets in his sole over to end any resistance from the VUT batsmen.
In the end, VUT were blown away for a paltry 119 runs to gift JCC a deserved win by a mammoth 115 runs that was due to an all-round team effort.
JCC – 267/8 in 20 overs
Eldorado CC – 142/10 in 19.2 overs
JCC won by 125 Runs
The highlight of the weekend was undoubtedly the 125-run rout of Eldorado CC. This onslaught was led by AD Gagiano who smashed 122 runs off 54 balls in an innings that included 11 sixes and 10 fours.
His heroics ensured that his teammates played very much a supporting role, with quick-fire scoring contributing to the imposing total of 267 runs in the 20 overs.
Alpesh Patel continued his strong form shown in the morning’s first game, again claiming three wickets in his four overs — for only 16 runs. He was supported by Tanaka Chivanga’s three for 17 in his three overs, while Yusuf Bulbulia contributed two wickets in his four overs.
A clearly revitalised energy after these convincing victories place the 1st team in a strong position to close out the T20 competition.
The final two fixtures in this leg of the competition are being played at Hope Village, which will hopefully spur them on to similar victories
JCC – 165/3 in 20 overs
Pirates CC – 130/10 in 17.4 overs
JCC won by 35 Runs
The JCC 1st Team competing in the GCB T20 League reversed their fortunes with two overwhelming victories this past weekend.
Sunday started with a 35-run victory over Pirates CC who were log leaders going into the weekend. An unbeaten 66 runs off 35-balls by JP van Aswegen secured a solid score of 165/3, which was set up by AD Gagiano’s 41 off 33 balls.
He, together with Stef le Roux, put on a 45 run opening stand that provided a strong base from which the rest of the team followed.
With a defendable 165 runs on the board, it was then up to the bowlers to crack the opposition’s batting line-up. This they did, with wickets at regular intervals preventing any meaningful partnerships from blossoming. Alpesh Patel was the stand-out bowler, claiming three scalps for 33 runs in his 4 overs.