Round 5 of the GCL 50 over competition pitted the Pirates juggernaut against JCC. Pirates captain Chris Freeman again won the toss and elected to bowl, the JCC captain stated at the toss that he would have batted first anyway.
Pirates did not have their best day in the field with simple chances going a begging throughout the JCC innings. Though through disciplined bowling Pirates were able to create enough chances. The unluckiest of the bowlers who could easily have bagged a 5 for was Tyrone Edwards, a talented and passionate young off spinner.
With wickets falling at regular intervals JCC never dominated during their innings and were bowled out for 157 in the 41st over.
The pitch seemed to be a little harder to bat on than the initial assessment at the toss. When Pirates lost their third wicket in the 10th over with the team’s leading run scorer Gideon Richter being adjudged LBW of the bowling of M. Asvat and the score on 47/3 it was game on. The ensuing partnership was a joy to watch as the Captain and Vice-Captain settled and dominated the tiring JCC attack. The pair of Chris Freeman and Matt Hardy added 101 runs before the captain holed out at long off trying to finish the game before the approaching weather could halt proceedings. Matt Hardy finished the game with a flowing and brutal pull shot to rapturous applause from his team mates. Matt Hardy walked away with the man of the match performance and with another impressive all-round performance from Chris Freeman who now stands as Pirates’ leading run scorer and in the top ten wicket takers in the league.
Pirates currently sit 4th on the league table but, with a game or two in hand over the teams ahead of them, the 6 point lead held by Randburg CC at the top looks in threat.
Roshnee CC has the enviable task of standing in front of the Pirates steam roller when they visit the Rat Cage next week Sunday.