Ireland vs Gloucestershire – Friends Provident trophy

Ireland got a massive hiding today against Gloucestershire, As Gloucs batted first making 248 in their 50 overs, Ireland could only manage 63 in their reply…. I am not that interested in the poor performance of Ireland in comparison to Nantie hayward….He picked up 3 wickets for 63 runs in 10

He has now played 3 games and averaged 22.85 a fantastic average for a bowler, HOWEVER his economy is 6.15!!!! That is scary, its not Pro20 its a 50 over game and if he had to bowl all 50 overs teams would score well in excess of 300 runs!!!

Friends Provident Trophy 7 May

The first weekend of May turned out to be very fruitful for HD Ackerman, who not only managed to catch Jacques Rudolph off the bowling of Cummins on 100 he also scored 66 and helped Leicertershire chase down Yorkshire’s 282 with ease. Langeveldt picked up 3-53 in ten for Leicestershire.

Ackerman wasnt the only South African smiling, Middlesex managed 233 off 41 against Kent with Hall going for 1-49 in 8 and Ryan Mclaren getting 1-32 in 8 overs. Hall again came in at three, and again didnt need sunscreen as he exited for 2, which brought Marting van Jaarsveld to the crease and he clearly wasnt worried about the Middlesex attack smashing 86 runs off 65 balls helping Kent to an easy 5 wicket victory.

Dale Benkenstein failed dismally against Lancashire, however his side ensured that his failure wasnt costly, beating Lancashire by 57 runs.

Ant Botha continued his good form after his recent 150 odd for Derbyshire by picking 3-52 in 7 against Warwickshire, but it wasnt enough as Warwickshire sett 244 and having Dale Steyn opening the bowling and picking the number one and three in his opening spell was always going to prove difficult, however G Smith from South Africa tried to turn the match for Derbyshire. One might think that G Smith was South African captain Graham Smith but its really Greg Smith making 56 off 59 balls. Another man on a Kolpak contract, he represented South Africa at u-19 level.

Davey Jacobs met his namesake Arno Jacobs when he joined Klusener and van der Wath at Northamptonshire. Arno only made 30 for Scotlannd, however Davey showed Northamptonshire some early dividends for choosing him to fill the spot of their injured overseas player, blasting 88 off 98 balls. In Scotland’s innings they faced Van der Wath and Klusener opening the bowling, and a combination it was with VDW picking up 2-24 and Klusener 1-30 in each of their 7 overs. They were also at the crease together to get the winning runs with Klusener making 24 off 27 and VDW 17 off 9 balls.#

Hayward continued his at least a run a ball bowling effort getting 1-39 in 6 against Hampshire whilst representing Ireland.

Friends Provident trophy 6 may

Essex batted first against Kent, making 234 Andre Nel contributed 6* whilst Andrew Hall picked 2-31 in 8, Ryan Mclaren 3-56 in 10. Hall came in at 3 for Kent, managing 7 off 16, whilst Martin van Jaarsveld wasnt much better, getting 14 off 29. Nel went for 42 and picked up Geraint Jones who opened the batting.

Lancashire posted 289/3 in their 50 overs. Van der Wath and Klusener both went for 50, van der wath 2-50 in 10 and Klusener 0-51 in 9. Northamptonshire got to 100-3 after 21 and lost by 20 runs on the Duckworth Lewis system.

 Leicestershire faced Scotland who made 255 in their first innings. Arno Jacobs made 49 for Scotland. Langeveldt was wicketless in his 10 overs conceding 46 runs. HD Ackerman ensured that a South African scored a half century, making 51 in his innings and finding some good form. Leicestershire won the match by 4 wickets off the final ball.

Somerset faced Ireland, and Nantie Hayward did exactly as predicted and expected going for 60 off his 10 but picking up 3 wickets, lack of consistency has cost him at the international level, but maybe with age will come wisdom.

Round up on County Championship Performances 2-5 May

Derbyshire batted first and amassed 801, with centuries from the Australians, Simon Katich (221) and Ian Harvey (153) as well as South African, Ant Botha who reached 101. Charl Willoughby picked up 1-87 in 31 overs. Derbyshire managed 530 in their reply, with Willoughby picking up 23* off 23 balls. They were asked to follow on, scoring 309/4 and the match was drawn.

Essex batted first against Northamptonshire making 334 in their first innings. For some reason Johan van der Wath bowled 3 overs for 6 runs and no more, one must assume he was injured. Lance Klusener picked up 2-54 in 25. Northamptonshire managed 416 in reply with Klusener making 8 whilst van der Wath was 6 short of a century, making 94.  If he was injured, he recovered quickly as he came back to bowl in the second innings, taking 1-32 in 11. Klusener picked up 1-29 in ten. Essex managed 190, which was never going to be enough and Northamptonshire reached their target of 109 with 4 wickets down. Andre Nel picked up 1-20 in his 12 overs to compliment his 3-62 off 26.2 in the first innings. Nel is a very good signing for Essex and showed haul in many wickets this season.

Gloucestershire batted first against Leicestershire, reaching 507 in their first innings. The South Africans, Claude Henderson and Charl Langeveldt did not contribute any wickets in either innings, although it seems that Henderson was injured as he didn’t bat in Leicestershire’s first innings. HD Ackerman finally came to the party for Leicestershire, and managed to make 59. Gloucestershire posted 249/4 off 51.2 and set Leicestershire 380 to win. Leicestershire were in trouble at 218/7 when the match ended. HD Ackerman made 28 in his second innings and might be finding some form. Ackerman has an average a shade under 45 at first class level and can be very dangerous.

Warwickshire posted 610/8 declared in their first innings against Worcestershire, with their wicket keeper Tim Ambrose reaching 251*. Heath Streak managed 66 and Tim Groenewald reached 13*. This was a massive total for Worcestershire to chase and they only managed 288 in their first innings and were asked to follow on, and only got 209, thus losing by an innings and 113 runs. Dale Steyn picked 3-56 in the first innings and 5-49 in the second. Heath Streak picked up 2 wickets in each innings going for 33 in the first and 29 in the second.

Phil Jacques might have been chuckling after Steyn sent him back to the pavilion on both occasions, knowing that South Africa’s best bowler has been over in England and not anywhere near the Caribbean!!! Dale Steyn has something the rest of the South African attack lacks, and that is pace. It won’t be any surprise to see Steyn being the leading wicket taker at the end of the season.

Kent batted first against Sussex, scoring 368. Martin van Jaarsveld didn’t help much only making 6 for Kent whilst Ryan Mclaren doubled his score getting run out on 12, he wasn’t much use as a batsman either. Mclaren made up for it when Sussex came out to bat picking up 4-12 in 7.3 with 3 no balls!!! Sussex crumbled to 102 all out and were just as pitiful in their second innings making 160. Mclaren picked up 1-19, whilst Simon Cook destroyed them taking 6-35 in 13.5 Kent won by an innings and 105 runs.

Yorkshire batted first against Hampshire and were skittled out for 299, with only Younis Khan really being useful, making 106. Jacques Rudolph made a paltry 3 runs. Hampshire didn’t assert dominance on their score reaching 296 all out with Nic Pothas again performing, making 70*. Lumb only made 5. In the second innings, Yorkshire got it right posting 439/4 leaving Yorkshire a target of 443. Khan made 202* Rudolph making 22 of them. Hampshire got to 366/8 with Pothas again helping out making 76*. The match was drawn.

England selectors should be smiling after this weeks matches, as there were plenty Wicketkeepers that made runs. Pothas should really be considered for the national side, although his age is against him. Ambrose and Brophy made centuries this week.

South Africa’s Forthcoming fixtures

SA have a decent break at the moment, which will hopefully be used to sort out a few internal problems.






For some reason all these games are being held in Ireland, more than likely to promote the game to the Irish…. After these games South Africa are next seen in the Pro20 world cup!!!