The past weekend was the final of the JTG 2017/2018 League at Kathu Cricket Club. What a Final it was! Old rivals Kathu vs Postmasburg were at it again for the prized trophy.
It was certainly a Final for the books and
will long live in the memory of those who played in it and the supporters who witnessed it. The final was filled with action, drama, suspense, rain delays, nerves, jubilation and heartache...it had everything!
Kathu won the toss and elected to bowl on an overcast morning. Their bowlers were on top at the start reducing Postmasburg to 59/6. A few missed chances, a rain delay coupled with a gutsy and determined fightback by the Swart twins, Herman Swartz and Danie Swartz, got Postmas-burg back into the match and ensured that they posted a very competitive 182 all out.
With their tails in the air the Postmasburg boulers came out with all-guns-blazing, again led by Danie Swartz and veteran Ernst Ferreira. These two bowlers showed exactly why they are at the top of the league
bowling standings. They reduced Kathu to 45/5 and swinging the match towards Postmasburg. But all was not lost, thanks to a match saving 102-run partnership between Johanco Faihst and Jakkie van Wyk. The pair rebuilt, frustrated the bowling attack and picked off the runs to creep closer.
Needing 36 runs to win, with 5 wickets in hand, Postmasburg played their last card, to bowl Danie Swartz. The move proved to be a genius one as he got Johanco Faihst out for 94, which again opened the door for Postmasburg a whisker, which was all they needed.
Late drama followed with even more wickets falling, overthrows, sixes, injuries and near run-outs. Eventually two runs were needed with one wicket in hand. A
beautiful cover drive for four by Carel Coetzer won the match and ended one of the most thrilling finals in recent memory.
It was ended in true Club cricket style, with a few cold and some laughs between the two teams, hard on the field but friends off the field, the way it should be.
Postmasburg - 182 all out Danie Swartz 63, Herman Swartz 49, Hilton Duimpies 3/10, Carel Coetzer 3/35
Kathu - 183/9 Johanco Faihst 94, Carel Coetzer 24*, Danie Swartz 4/22, Ernst Ferreira 2/35
Kathu won by 1 wicket.
Man of the Match: Johanco Faihst and Carel Coetzer for their cool heads under pressure and match winning performances. Well done!
Kathu Cricket Club would like to thank Postmasburg Cricket Club for a great match and congratulate them on a great season. A team full of fighters, we look forward to continue this fantastic rivalry! Enjoy the off season.
This ended the 2017/2018 Season for Kathu Cricket Club. It was a very successful season for the Club, winning all three trophies available in the JTG Region:
- JTG League Title (6th consecutive season);
- JTG Pro20 Tournament; and
- JTG 6-a-Side Tournament.
Thanks to all the players and supporters for your commitment through the season, we look forward to the next one!
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