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The Domestic Cricket Super Over: Whitehead’s Crazy Weekend, Gqamane Creates Magic

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Sport24 looks back at the second round action of Cricket South Africa’s Four-Day Domestic Series in a quirky “six-ball” format…hence the “Super Over”.

First delivery: Olivier is the assassin the Lions bought

For some of the parochial observers who are still disappointed by Duanne Olivier’s decision to go the Kolpak route while he was in the process of destroying the Pakistanis in 2019, the uproar the Lions created by announcing quite early that they had bragged the Proteas quickly in the preseason was received with indifference.

But if their play resources and backroom staff have anything to offer, the Wanderers’ team is simply interested in being the best.

And Olivier has transformed an already powerful attack into an unstoppable one.

The 27-year-old’s performance against Boland was notable for the fact that he was the kingpin and not just a brilliant right hand.

He was far too hot to handle and his nine wickets in the match have propelled him to the best wicket taker in the series so far.

What an investment he is already proving to be.

Boland Rocks 170 in 51.1 overs (Janneman Malan 54, Stiaan van Zyl 42, Duanne Olivier 4/38, Sisanda Magala 4/83) and 150 in 42.5 overs (Thanks Mahima 47, Olivier 5/57) LOST to the Gauteng Lions 350 in 93.1 overs (Ryan Rickelton 117, Kagiso Rapulana 65, Reeza Hendricks 47, Farisco Adams 24/5) BY AN INNINGS AND 30 RUNS

Second delivery: Aya Gqamane – diminutive magic-maker

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Aya Gqamane. (Gallo images)

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There is something about bowling all-rounders from the Eastern Cape.

Sisanda Magala, despite all the fuss about his physique, has established herself as one of the most nuggety, tenacious and skilled players in the domestic circuit and is now thriving in a classy Lions system.

About 60km down the Jukskei River, his former Warriors teammate Aya Gqamane makes a similar claim.

The man from Qonce (formerly King William’s Town) was smaller in stature and was touted for great stuff nearly a decade ago after ripping up semi-pro batting orders and destroying the Lions in his first-class debut with match figures of 11/70 .

Unfortunately, that also ushered in a decade of underperformance as Gqamane, who had to develop new tricks when his top speed was no longer quite possible given his height.

But he has developed his latent decisiveness and remains one of those invaluable cricketers who make things happen on the pitch.

An aggressive second first-class century was the icing on the cake of a stellar batting performance by Titans before racking up 9 overs in the province in the second innings and eliminating the hosts’ mainstay Daniel Smith.

magic maker.

Titans 647/7 Dec. in 172 overs (Grant Mokoena 154, Dean Elgar 117, Aya Gqamane 117*, Jiveshan Pillay 113*, Kyle Simmonds 3/151) BEAT Western Province 195 in 70.1 overs (Avi Mgijima 45, Daniel Smith 43, Simon Harmer 7/76) and 313 in 85.4 overs (Daniel Smith 83, Kyle Verreynne 50, Basheer Walters 42, Neil Brand 3/71, Harmer 3/149) BY AN INNINGS AND 139 RUNS

Third Delivery: Dragons Are Just Puffing

They were rightly praised for their facilities and overall competitiveness, but there was a lot of excitement when North West’s bid for CSA gave them entry into Division One.

But you have to wonder how wise that decision was, a rather disheartening start to losing three out of three.

Admittedly, their start to the season has been plagued with injuries, but they have some decent players at their disposal who just aren’t performing as they should.

There are legitimate concerns about a substandard bowling attack that might rely too much on the veteran Eldred Hawken, though one has to wonder if the Dragons are just being too optimistic with their striker.

They score at dashing speeds, but lose wickets just as regularly as they run over the fence.

That’s a strategic thing…and it needs to be addressed.

Eastern Province Warriors 334 in 114.1 overs (Lesiba Ngoepe 88, Eddie Moore 79, Diego Rosier 52, Alindile Mhletywa 46, Chad Classen 3/50) and 364/2 Dec. in 95 overs (Matthew Breetzke 152*, Rudi Second 103*, Moore 52, Ngoepe 43) REPORT North West Dragons 350 in 100.2 overs (Wesley Marshall 94, Delano Potgieter 74, Nicky van den Bergh 64 *, Tsepo Ndwandwa 4/55, Mthi Nabe 3/74) and 218 in 69.4 overs (Marshall 65, Van den Bergh 64, Nabe 28-3, Lizo Makhosi 3/33) BY 130 RUNS

Fourth delivery: Donald forms a new protégé for himself

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Gerald Coetzee of the Knights. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

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Any discerning local cricket fan knows that Gerald Coetzee is a special talent.

He played two Under-19 World Cups and it wasn’t long before he caught the eye as he accelerated to senior cricket.

But the body was straining and Coetzee has suffered a few injuries over the past two years, in part because he just wanted him to settle in.

With a gray mentor in the legendary Allan Donald, it seems the knight has struck a balance.

The hype continues, but Coetzee himself is now just a youngster getting overs under his belt and learning that a strike bowler must also be able to provide a good supporting role.

11 wickets and the count suggests he is finally making headlines the right way.

KwaZulu-Natal dolphins 226 in 83.3 overs (Keegan Petersen 57, Ruan de Swardt 49, Khaya Zondo 48, Alfred Mothoa 3/35, Mbulelo Mubaza 3/42, Gerald Coetzee 3/67) and 174/5 in 69.2 overs (De Swardt 51 *, Petersen 43, Coetzee 3/51) NSREW WITH Free State Knights 397/4 Dec. in 108.3 overs (Matthew Kleinveldt 177*, Jacques Snyman 94, Farhaan Behardien 46)

Fifth Delivery: Forgotten Whitehead, Another Potential Beneficiary of the New System

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Sean Whitehead. (Gallo images)

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Sean Whitehead will never experience anything like this in his life: 111 runs, a 15/110 match-haul.

Not much to say about the left arm spinner performance for SWD at Oudtshoorn, those numbers are just erratic and astounding.

However, if you dig a little deeper, the 24-year-old’s appearance is another example of the benefits of a domestic structure that provides a broader platform for players to make a claim.

Whitehead is a former Under-19 national player who could not find a place in his home province (Free State) and in all likelihood would have struggled in the semi-professional environment.

Now all of South Africa knows what this clearly talented cricketer is capable of.

Southwestern Districts 242 in 83.4 overs (Leus du Plooy 91, Sean Whitehead 66, Divan Posthumus 3/10, Jurie Snyman 3/40) and 193 in 63.4 overs (Du Plooy 85*, Whitehead 45, Clayton August 21) BEAT Eastern’s Storm 250 in 85.5 overs (Sizwe Masondo 63, Gionne Koopman 60, Wesley Coulentianos 42, Whitehead 5/64) and 65 in 25.1 overs (Whitehead 10/36) BY 120 RUNS

Final delivery: Tuskers back on track as selfless dedication takes center stage

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Michael Erlank. (Gallo images)

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Every sport needs its uncomplaining, always willing stalwarts.

As mentioned before, there are quite a few of those men in the KZN Inland squad.

Last weekend it was the skipper of the Tuskers, Michael Erlank, who demonstrated the value of years of dedication and the resulting ability to translate results.

Erlank was everywhere in a game that was tied after the first two innings completed.

It was his left arm spinners who controlled a fine Iinyathi attempt with the bat, before making a typically sandy 67 that gave the Tuskers a good start.

Combining brilliantly with Luke Schlemmer in their opponents’ second dig, they turned the game decisively in favor of the Tuskers.

MVPs are rarely clearer.

Eastern Cape Iinyathi (Border) 384 in 130.2 overs (Thomas Kaber 103*, Marco Marais 87, Jason Nobody 70, Sean Jamison 52, Michael Erlank 4/66) and 106 in 51.5 overs (Nobody 51, Luke Schlemmer 31/6, Erlank 17/3) LOST TO KwaZulu-Natal Inland Tuskers 384 in 116.1 overs (Trust the calves 162, Erlank 67, Kaber 5/109) and 108/3 in 21.4 overs BY 7 WICKETS

Other result:

Limpopo Impala’s 290 in 114.3 overs (Bruce Shiburi 80, Ludwig Kaestner 78, Aubrey Swanepoel 7/56) and 185 in 61 overs (Malcolm Nofal 61, Aubrey Swanepoel 4/65) DREW with Northern Cape Heat 350 in 109.4 overs (Rivaldo Moonsamy 101, Evan Jones 67, Hanu Viljoen 46, Nofal 4/119) and 121/7 in 32 overs (Swanepoel 44*, Sithembile Langa 4/32).

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