Brackenfell lose high scoring affair

Batting at number nine, Brackenfells Johan Loubser goes for a drive as he tries to add more runs at the tail end of their batting innings against WP Cricket Club in Rondebosch at the weekend,.

Brackenfell Cricket Club were edged out by WP Cricket Club in a high scoring Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) Premier Division one-day match in Rondebosch at the weekend.

The four-wicket loss was Brackenfell’s fifth in their 14 games of the season and leaves them in the middle of the log table.

Brackenfell had faired well with the bat this season, going over the 200-run mark five times.

It was the first time they lost a game in which they scored over 200 runs.

Having won the toss at the weekend, they decided to bat first and made steady progress as they put on a 66-run stand for the first wicket.

Despite continuing to lose wickets at regular intervals, Brackenfell kept piling on the runs.

Lee-Roy Walters top scored for the visiting side with 61 off 67 balls.

Walters has been on top form with the bat for the northern suburbs side as he scored his fourth half a century in four successive matches for his side.

His 61 runs led his side to 231/8 at the end of their 50 overs.

Openers Miles Hammond and Michael Loubser had laid a good foundation with 36 and 47 respectively.

Despite the big target, WP Cricket Club was able to chase down the total, a feat they achieved with one over remaining.

Brackenfell could not have asked for a better start to their bowling innings as they got their first wicket with only two runs on the board.

Steffan Joubert bowled Gabriel Gad for a duck.

With 15 runs on the board, Gad’s opening partner Jarryd Walsh followed him back into the pavilion after being trapped LBW by Brandon Viret.

However, a third-wicket stand of 124 between Lehan Botha (56) and Gavin Kaplan (69) was enough to mount a strong comeback for the home side.

Brackenfell bowlers huffed and puffed but could not find a way to stop the home side from their fifth win in 15 games.

Brackenfell will next face winless Langa in their next encounter with hopes of adding to their misery while they get back to winning ways.