Leus du Plooy hit a massive six off the final ball of the match to claim his second series ton and give the SA Emerging side victory by four wickets against the University Sport SA (USSA) XI in Pretoria on Monday.
USSA’s Janneman Malan scored an outstanding 123 from 137 balls (11 fours, 2 sixes) to set up his side’s 265/3 after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Matthew Christensen added 83 runs to round off a good batting innings for the side.
The Emerging team’s reply got off to a wobbly start when they lost Sibonelo Makhanya and Simon Khomari for 12 and 8 respectively, but Karabo Mogotsi (45) and du Plooy (6 fours, 4 sixes) steadied the ship with an 83-run stand for the third wicket.
The centurion went on to share partnerships of 42, 64 and 46* runs for the fourth, fifth and seventh wickets with Tshepang Ditole (24), Patrick Kruger (38) and Jason Smith (26*), claiming victory in dramatic fashion in the end.
USSA’s Wihan Lubbe and Keith Dudgeon took two wickets each.
Du Plooy is pleased to once again assist his side to a positive result.
“It’s always nice knocking it off to get a hundred, but at the end of the day, it’s a team win,” he said.
“Sometimes in a dead rubber match like this, it’s hard to concentrate and pull off a good performance, but the guys did it out there today.”
He praised the efforts of the rest of the batting line-up and is looking forward to the final on Wednesday against USSA.
“The most exciting part of our team’s performance is that everyone has chipped in throughout the series,” Du Plooy continued.
“Our captain, Ackies (Marques Ackerman) scored a great hundred yesterday (vs Sri Lanka) which was good to see. Jason (Smith) has been scoring runs as well, really contributing and the others as well. Everyone has really stepped up in the series and we are as prepared as we can be for the final.
“We’re fortunate to have played with these guys (USSA) all our lives almost and at the end of the day, it will be the team that execute the basics best that will come out on top.”
The sides will meet in the series final at Tuks Oval on Wednesday. Play starts at 09:45.
– African News Agency