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VCC in national cricket final after monster win over Punjab (303-89)

VCC has qualified for the national final on Aug. 26 on its own field. it had no child to Punjab, which was all out for 89. For VCC, which made 303 runs, Engelbrecht (115) and Musa Ahmad (102) stuck out in great form.

VCC opted to bat first after winning the toss. Michael Levitt started aggressively for the Voorburgers with six fours, but was stumped by goalkeeper Asad Zulfiqar. There was no man overboard yet, even when Gigani and Croes lost their wickets. Indeed, Musa Ahmad (102) and Sybrand Engelbrecht (115) piloted VCC from 46/3 to 247/4, a partnership of a whopping 201 runs. Tim de Leede and Marc Nota’s 1995 club record (of 205 runs for the fourth wicket) only just held. Both centurions still fell, but that could not prevent VCC from putting up a huge score of 303 runs. Muhammad Shafiq took three wickets for 28 runs for Punjab.

Karl Nieuwoudt had immediate success in his first over. One Zulfiqar (Rehmat) out, three to go. Viv bowled Asad, Mees van Vliet got Sikander LBW and Philippe Boissevain bowled Saqib for 26.

When Ryan Klein caught Yasir Usman brilliantly, stretched to his right in the covers (61/5), the game was actually already played. Punjab was all out for 89 runs. Mees van Vliet took 3 for 14 and Shariz Ahmad 2 for 4.

In the Elimination final, HCC seemed to make short work of Sparta, which had to miss star batsman Garnett Tarr and was all out for just 114 runs. HCC bowler Doram delivered a unique performance by giving up only four runs in 10 overs. Crowley took 4-16, Floyd 3-39. Still, HCC needed six more wickets to top the Capelin score (Steel 33).


Photos: Centurions Musa Ahmad and Sybrand Engelbrecht (Mark Steffelaar Photography)

The still from Ryan Klein’s fantastic catch, courtesy of Harold Vogelaar.