Date: 20 May 2021 By: Andries van Zyl
A magnificent century by Dewald Joubert steered Louis Trichardt’s first cricket team to victory in their Impala Premier League cricket match against Giyani on Sunday.
Louis Trichardt enjoyed home-ground advantage and went in to bat first. Opener Dirk van den Berg got Louis Trichardt of to a good start, adding 37 runs off 50 balls before his wicket fell. Fellow opener JP Coetzee could, however, not get going and was back in the pavilion with only two runs to his name.
Dewald Joubert walked in at number three and basically single-handedly took the game away from Giyani. He only needed 66 balls for his 100, which included four fours and ten sixes. Giyani was sure to have breathed a sigh of relief when they saw him walk back to the dressing room after being caught by Niki Mamatshaule from the bowling of Irvin Moropo. After Joubert’s departure, the Giyani bowlers came back firing on all cylinders, dismissing Louis Trichardt’s remaining batsmen for only 15 runs, which included three ducks.
Irvin Moropo was the pick of the Giyani bowlers. He boasted a five-wickets haul, which included the wicket of Louis Trichardt danger man Dewald Joubert, for the loss of 38 runs in 8,4 overs. Moropo was well supported by Honest Ngobeni, who took three wickets for the loss of 58 runs in 10 overs, while teammates Maringa Maringa and Nholovo Sithole each took one wicket.
Giyani’s batsmen were off to a bad start, with openers Honest Ngobeni and Hlozi Maluleke being dismissed for only four runs. PJ Makasi in at number three and Matimba Khosa in at number five brough some respectability to the Giyani innings by respectively contributing 30 and 29 runs off the bat. They were well supported by fellow batsman Irvin Moropo, who contributed 17 runs. In the end, Joubert’s 100 was a bridge too far for the Giyani batsmen to match and they were bowled out with only 125 runs on the scoreboard, securing Louis Trichardt a 53-run victory.
Louis Trichardt also featured a five-wicket haul, with bowler Dirk van den Berg toppling five wickets for the loss of 28 runs in 7,4 overs. Jandré Hancke en AJ Fourie also shared in the spoils, both taking two wickets respectively. JP Coetzee took one wicket.
Andries joined the Zoutpansberger and Limpopo Mirror in April 1993 as a darkroom assistant. Within a couple of months he moved over to the production side of the newspaper and eventually doubled as a reporter. In 1995 he left the newspaper group and travelled overseas for a couple of months. In 1996, Andries rejoined the Zoutpansberger as a reporter. In August 2002, he was appointed as News Editor of the Zoutpansberger, a position he holds until today.