Rain over the weekend across Limpopo was welcomed although it did not bode well for the cricket matches of the Limpopo Impalas 50 limited overs Premier League which takes place every Sunday. As it turned out, most of the matches had to be abandoned due to wet and slippery conditions caused by the rain and it was only the match between Nashua Aces and Seshego Cricket Clubs in Polokwane that took place.
The match between PanSolutions Eagles from Polokwane was the hosts of the match against Nkowankowa Cricket Club, but the visiting team apparently forfeited the contest.
Tzaneen’s other local team and currently on top of the leader board, the side of Trophy Toyota Hornbills Cricket Club, enjoyed a bye. Regarding the match between Aces and Seshego at the cricket oval of Tom Naudé Technical High School, the team of Aces and especially their bowlers steamrollered the opposition to enjoy the rest of the Sunday afternoon. Aces won the match by a whopping five wickets. Seshego won the toss of the coin and elected to bat first. Aces bowlers Lance Trueman along with brother Justyn and fellow bowler Jeandré du Plessis ran through the Seshego batsmen to dismiss them for a meagre 63 runs.
Trueman (Lance) was the most devastating of the Aces bowling onslaught with an impressive six wickets in his eight over spell for only 15 runs that included three maiden overs. Du Plessis claimed 2/14 in 1.2 overs with Trueman (Justyn) taking 1/11 in two overs.
With Seshego having to defend such a low score, the Aces batsmen came out with blazing
bats. Overcast conditions and a pitch which seemed to be more bowling friendly, the Aces batsmen quickly realised that the 64 runs required to win was not as easy to come by.
Opening bat Erik Viljoen was dismissed for 13 runs from 11 deliveries his opening partner walking back to the change rooms for just seven runs from 17 balls.
Louis Botha grafted hard for his 20 runs from 35 balls, not out. Botha saw a couple of his fellow batsmen falling by the wayside of some formidable bowling from Seshego. Eventually Botha and Trueman (Lance) with vhis six runs from five balls not out, managed to scrape over the line on 64 runs to win by five wickets.