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Friends Provident Trophy Final Durham v Hampshire

Hampshire won the toss and chose to field first, a decision they were going to regret especially after Kyle Coetzer and Shiv Chanderpaul put on a 111 run partnership off 119 balls for the 3rd wicket. At this stage, Durham were 180-3 off 32 overs and looking like a total of 270 would be in the equation. Six overs later, Chanderpaul was run out, for 78 off 79 balls including 8 fours and 2 sixes. The captain, Dale Benkenstein came to the crease and helped to put on a 58 run partnership for the 5th wicket before Collingwood was out for a painful 22 off 35 balls, a really slow innings in comparison to the rest of the side. Durham was placed nicely with 278 on the board and 13 balls to go.

Otis Gibson came to join Benkenstein in the middle as the non-striker and a single off the last ball meant he would wait a little longer to face his first ball. In the 48th over Tremlett managed to get a dot ball in and only allow a single to Benkenstein off the second ball before Gibson faced his first ball, which he carted for a six and then smashed a four off the next ball. Tremlett not being too pleased with this sent down a life flashing before your eyes beamer that had Gibson ducking for cover. Gibson managed 3 runs off Tremlett’s last 2 balls bringing up 16 runs for the over.

Powell was given the honour to bowl the last over and must have thought he was onto something with 3 singles off his first 3 balls. However, Benkenstein had other ideas. He finished the innings off with a six and two fours, bringing the total to 312/5 a record for a FP trophy final. Benkenstein ended up with 61 off 43 balls.

Hampshire knew that a good start would be vital and it was a dream start if you were a Durham supporter as Gibson, probably the oldest opening bowler ever in county cricket snapped up Michael Lumb with the first ball of the match and Ervine with the second ball. Hampshire were going nowhere after a start like this and just to ensure that there would be no revival Gibson picked up his third wicket in the 9th over which happened to be Kevin Pietersen leaving them reeling at 17-3 after 9 overs.

There was some resistance from JP Crawley and the rain which appeared just after Crawley was bowled by Collingwood. The reserve day had to be used, which allowed Hampshire to resume on Sunday where they left off at 153/5 chasing 160 off 18 overs. They managed 34 runs for the last 5 wickets and took a massive 125 run defeat at the hands of Durham. Nicky Pothas again re-enforced why I think he should be the first choice keeper for England with a handy 47 runs off 52 balls, the second highest score for Hampshire.

Surprises in the SA “A” Squad

The South African A side has been selected a short tour to Zimbabwe for two 4 day matches. A perfect opportunity to blood the youngsters and see who is pushing for a place in the upcoming tour to Pakistan. Its not often South Africa can send a young side to the wrong side of the Limpopo river for some bonding and a more than likely confidence boost for thrashing the helpless Zimbabweans.

So many names rush to my mind as to which players are knocking on the door in the selectors eyes before seeing the side. Will they let Vernon Philander develop a bit more? Has Ontong been given another chance to play in the longer form of the game? Surely with only two four day games, the essence of the squad will be those brought in to help South Africa’s dismal recent performances in this arena. We have climbed the rankings as India and Pakistan fell, so without a game being played South Africa moved from 6th to tie 4th!!!

When I saw the side, it seemed like a veterans side, until I noticed Neil McKenzie wasn’t part of it. It turns out that he is already playing in the long version of the game for Somerset in the County Championship.  With all the wisdom gained from years of insightful choices our selectors decided to top previous questionable decisions by selecting a squad of players with more experience than the current Zimbabwe test line-up.

The only thing I can be thankful of is Lorgat hasn’t come up with another 5 foot under player like Paul Adams. Adams is still the best spinner we have had since re-admission and was fantastic but he had fallen into the pit of anonymity, not being seen as a regular for the Cobras then lo and behold he was recalled into the squad and co-incidentally brought about the resignation of Boje.

The squad selected already went through another moment of embarassment when there was however a late substitution with Friedel de Wet getting axed for Johan Botha, which is a huge shame and disappointment for the Lions player after being told he was selected.

Here is the SA A squad: Boeta Dippenaar (c), Yusuf Abdullah, Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, Andrew Hall, Paul Harris, Imran Khan, Charl Langeveldt, André Nel, Justin Ontong, Alviro Petersen, Aswell Prince, Thami Tsolekile and Morné van Wyk.

There are a few things you can read from the squad selection. The players chosen are more than likely not going to play in the Pro20 world cup, thus the logical conclusion is Philander will play in the Pro20, Garnet Kruger is not considered part of the future plans nor is Roger Telemachus. Finally and painfully so, South Africa are not testing out any new captains nor coaches for the new future.

Its good to see the spinners selected, and to see some talented youngsters joining the battle hardened veterans. Peterson and van Wyk certainly deserve higher honours, and our middle order at test level needs serious re-wiring.

The first four-day game is on 9 to 12 August and the second from Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th August 2007.

County Championship Stats for SA players

English County Cricket has been flooded by South Africans looking to make money and gain experience. In the County Championship, the 4 day competition, there have been some great performances. The players mentioned below are in the top 50 for most runs scored and wickets taken in the County Championship Division one.

On the Batting side it’s unsurprising that Dale Benkenstein has scored the second most runs in the season after Mark Ramprekash who has scored 1156 at an average of 89. Dale has made 836 runs with two hundreds and five fifties at an average of 60. Jacques Rudolph is in 8th spot scoring 713 runs with two hundreds and two fifties at n average of 51. Martin van Jaarsveld has 599 runs, averaging 43. Nic Pothas who must be one of the unluckiest keepers around has shown he is no monkey with the bat getting 476 runs so far and averaging 53!!!

On the Bowling side Ryan Mclaren is 8th on the list picking up 31 wickets at average of 25. Dale Steyn has got 23 scalps at an average of 26 as well, but has played 3 games less than Mclaren. Further down the list is Andrew Hall who has got 15 wickets at an average of 41. Interestingly he is just below Chris Tremlett who has been picked for England to face India. Tremlett has picked up 15 wickets at an average of 37 which makes him look on paper as a fairly innocuous player. He is 6ft 7 so that definitely has worked in his favour. Otis Gibson at 38 years old is third on the list behind Mushtaq Ahmed and Naved-ul-Hasan with an average of 26!!! He should have been used to bolster West Indies when they faced England last month!!!

Included in the County Championship Division two Top 50 most runs scored are: Lance Klusener with 687 runs at an average of 49 with two hundreds and three fifties. HD Ackerman has 632 runs an average of 40 and 3 hundreds and 1 fifty to his name. Johan van der Wath sneaked into the top 50 with 321 runs averaging 27 with 3 fifties.

On the bowling side Charl Willoughby is 4th on the list having picked up 40 wickets averaging 27. Ant Botha has got 30 wickets averaging 34 followed by Johan van der Wath on 27 averaging 28. Lance Klusener has 13 wickets averaging 51 Andre Nel has 10 wickets with an average of 39.

There have been some solid performances by the South Africans and many supporters will be wishing that Benkenstein could represent SA and try bring some consistency to their middle order in the test match format. Surprisingly Claude Henderson has not appeared on the list not has Garnet Kruger or Charl Langeveldt all of whom play for Leicestershire.

Weekly Roundup of County Championship matches 9-12 May

Durham posted 407 in their first innings against Kent, aided by their Australian opener, Michael Di Venuto scoring 204*runs. Dale Benkenstein only made 2 in the first innings, but made up for it in the second innings making 77* runs. Kent must be enjoying having Ryan Mclaren on board as he picked up 4-91 in 19.5 overs. Andrew Hall went for 48 in 10 without a wicket. He managed to make 42 runs in the first innings. Kent reached 400 in their first innings with captain Robert Key top scoring with 169 runs. Steve Harmison picked up 4 wickets for 75 runs. Martin van Jaarsveld managed only 10 in his innings. Durham managed 319 in 72.5 overs, setting Kent 327 runs to win. Durham managed to get them out in 50.3 overs for 169. Steve Harmison sent out a signal to the selectors as he picked up 5-61 in 19.3 overs, giving him a 9-wicket haul in the match.

Hampshire faced Lancashire, each side managed to bat once in a rain affected game. There were no special performances apart from Stuart Clark from Australia picking up 7 wickets for Hampshire.

Dale Steyn showed that he is becoming a better batsman, making 51 off 46 balls to help Warwickshire reach 326. His bowling wasn’t fantastic, but neither were the rest of his team mates as Surrey cantered to 400-1 declared. Again rain played a role, and Warwickshire were on 5 when the game was drawn. Mark Ramprakash and John Batty made undefeated 100′s, 120 and 154 respectively.

Jacques Rudolph made 129 not out to help Yorkshire post 521, which was way too much for Worcestershire, who folded making 129 and 132, allowing Yorkshire a comprehensive victory, a margain of 260 runs with an innings to spare!!!

HD Ackerman couldn’t continue his form as he made 1 in the first innings and 27 in the second as Leicestershire lost to Derbyshire. Charl Langeveldt picked up 3-64 and 1-40 for Leicestershire.

There must be a bit of controversy about the Northamptonshire vs. Somerset game. Somerset posted 641/6 declared, in reply Northamptonshire got to 400 and declared and were promptly sent back in to bat!! Seems fairly strange. Marcus Trescothick again showed why he is a fantastic player, making 284 in his innings. He has indicated he is not ready for international recall, if England will take him back. Klusener managed to pick up 1-99 whilst van der Wath went wicketless. Klusener made 36 van der Wath got 51 not out, Davey Jacobs opened and made 32 but was out for 3 when Northamptonshire followed on. Jacobs is a player that could break into the South African side in the future, and I predict a good county season for him

Round up of 29 April Friends Provident trophy matches

Kent faced Ireland in their second Friends Provident Trophy game on Sunday with the SA duo of Van Jaarsveld and Mclaren looking to come right in the one day format. Unfortunately Van Jaarsveld struggled again reaching 11 whilst Mclaren only got one better on 12. Kent reached 231 in their 50 overs. Mclaren performed much better with the ball after his disastrous first game where he was hammered for 71 off 9. This time round he showed why I wont be surprised to see him enter into the international fray, picking up 2-16 in 7. He has like Jacques Rudolph, entered into the Kolpak arena and is currently not available for selection. Kent won by 58 runs.

Yorkshire travelled to Scotland and were sent in to bat. Jacques Rudolph managed 34 off 40 whilst Yorkshire posted a very healthy 259. Scotland managed to sign Arno Jacobs, a classy left hander that has played for SA “A” side a few times before. Even though Jacobs only managed 7 and Scotland lost by 42 runs, he will be a good asset in their side and should score many runs in their fixtures.

Durham hosted Derbyshire and batted first with Benkenstein failing with the bat only making 1 run. Many fans of provincial cricket in South Africa will remember Ottis Gibson a man who reportedly hit the clock tower at the Wanderers stadium with an enormous six!! At the age of 38 he is still playing the game and managed 41 at a run a ball and picked up 1-39 in his 7. Benkenstein used the benefits of being captain and bowled himself, going for 1-27 off 7, a very tidy spell, but it couldn’t help Durham defending 212 and they lost by 4 wickets

Nic Pothas didn’t trouble the scorers and Lumb managed 11 in Hampshire’s embarrassing reply of 75 against Essex who posted 210

Lancashire batted first against Warwickshire managing 183. Steyn picked uo 2-35 in 8 and Groenewald managed 1-33 in 8.2. the best bowler for Warwickshire was another African, in the form of ex-Zimbabwean player, Heath Streak who claimed 4-37 in 10. In the reply, Jonathan Trott managed 5, Streak 28, Groenewald 36 with 5 sixes??!!! Surely that must be a typing error? His only boundaries being all over the rope? Warwickshire scraped home with a 2 wicket win.

Even the South African duo of Van der Wath and Klusener were powerless against Nottinghamshire who carded 328 in their innings, with Van der Wath going for 0-55 in 10 and Klusener 0-46 in 6. The reply was not good enough as Northamptonshire were all out for 206, Klusener contributing 2 and Van der Wath 20.

Charl Willoughby picked up 1-41in 9 against Sussex, and their total of 287 allowed them a 37 run win. Willoughby got out first ball to end the run chase of Somerset.

HD Ackerman is still struggling, managing only 9 for Leicestershire against Worcestershire, Henderson picked up 6 runs before being run out. He also picked up 1-26 in 5 overs.