Sheppie Lions too good for PSCC
Port Shepstone Country Club was the venue for the much anticipated Southern KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union T20 final between Sheppie Lions and home team, Port Shepstone Country Club, last Sunday.
As fans arrived at the ground the trophy ceremony and coin toss took place, with an audible cheer from PSCC supporters as they won the final toss of the season and elected to field first.
The Lions got off to a fast start and, despite the steady fall of wickets, the visitors kept the onslaught going for the full 20 overs, ending their innings on a total of 198 for the loss of seven wickets.
Fahad Khan top scored with 88 runs off 67 balls, ably aided by Iamran Nazeer with 30 runs and semi-final hero Waqar Nazeer with 23 runs.
Facing the daunting task of chasing 199 runs, PSCC got off to the worst possible start, losing early wickets, before a brave 80 run partnership between Dirkie Botes (50) and Jhean Ludick (30) kept the match in the balance.
Ultimately, the task proved too much for the country club men after a collapse of wickets ended their campaign on 156-9 in their 20 overs, 43 runs shy of the required total.
Bowler Althaf Huassan helped steer the Lions attack with three wickets for 24 runs while teammate Mahran Akber secured two wickets for 12 runs, which saw them lift the inaugural SN T20 challenge title.
SNCU would like to thank all the teams and supporters for the amazing year of cricket and extends its congratulations to Sheppie Lions on their victory and look forward to welcoming back all teams for the next season, as they look to begin the 35 over league.