The Wits Cricket Club were no match for top class Cape Cobras.
The Cape Cobras defeated the Wits Cricket Club at the Witsies’ home ground in a two-day friendly which ended on Saturday, September 22, 2018.
The Western Cape team opened the batting on the Friday and managed a strong 407/9 in 90 overs. The Witsies were never any threat and were bowled out for 99. The stand out performance came from Isaac Batandwa, captain of the Wits Cricket team, who was at the crease for 83 minutes, scoring 26 off 50 balls.
Despite the disappointment for Wits, coach Garnett Kruger was gracious in the defeat and acknowledged the experience of the visiting side.
“The match was just about exposing some of my Wits players to first class international players. It might be easier for them to play club cricket teams now that they have faced a first class team and since none of our players have played on that level,” Kruger told Wits Vuvuzela.
Kruger emphasized that the practice match needed to help prepare his boys for tough times ahead.
“We do have a challenging time ahead, we’re playing the T20 series first in our league and just after the halfway break we’ve got University week. It is important that we win it because we would like to play Varsity Cup,’ he added.
Batandwa said he was saddened by the outcome but is still hopeful. “Our performance wasn’t the greatest but is wasn’t the worst either because of the difference in the levels of both teams, but we’re definitely not far off.”
“I hope we end in up in the top two in the league this season,” Batandwa added.
Renate Van Wyk, a Wits fan said, “I think it was hard for the boys out there, playing against professionals, but that’s been good for them because it’s practice against what they are working towards”.
FEATURED IMAGE: Cape Cobras visit the Wits Cricket Club for a friendly match. Photo: Londell Phumi Ramalepe