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CRICKET: Randburg gives Wits the edge

Lutho Mtongana
March17/ 2015

Croxley Wits Cricket Club lost by two wickets in their league match against Randburg Cricket Club last Sunday.

The teams were evenly matched but Randburg managed to limit Wits’ total to 184.

Randburg coach, Kurt Human said his team’s performance went according to plan. “We wanted to come in here and try and restrict them … what we wanted was to bowl first and get four wickets down earlier on,” he said.

Tiro Madiseng, Randburg captain added, “Patience was the key for us. We’re hoping to get as close as possible to the top because they bit us the first time.”

Wits captain Nono Pongolo said their batting was not what they had hoped it would be, “we let ourselves down with the bat, losing soft wickets”.

The second half of the match saw Wits bowling soft balls giving Randburg the chance to score easy runs.

“Thanks to the bowlers we got a decent score that gave us a fighting chance. We fought well, but they wanted it more in the end,”

After a short break Randburg lost 4 wickets in quick succession, slowing their pace.

Even though Wits managed to push a little more, the team was a little too late when Randburg finished the game with a total of 191-8.

“We had a couple of half chances we did not hold on to, if we held on to those two or three chances we could have had three to five wickets down by now,” said player-coach Neil Levenson said.

“Thanks to the bowlers we got a decent score that gave us a fighting chance. We fought well, but they (Randburg) wanted it more in the end,” Pongolo said.

Even though Randburg managed to score 13 more points in the league for winning the game, Wits still remains in second place.

Wits still has two more games to play until the Gauteng Premier league is over.

Lutho Mtongana