South Africa’s Blind Cricketers Excel

The first day of the blind cricket national tournament saw some interesting and exceptionally good play by the Western Province Blind cricketers. WP posted 348/7(40overs) against Free State. Bongani Stofile, scored 158 and took 3 wickets for 39 runs.

The teams that could get points on the log were WP; Northern Gauteng and Boland. Boland beat Central Gauteng by 5 wickets with J Mbabane putting 54 on the score board. Teams yet to post on the log are: Cnetral Gauteng; Free State and KZN.

The matches were played in extremely hot weather taxing the physical endurance of the blind cricketers. The searing heat was equalled by the warm compassion for the game of cricket. It is a sight to behold.

The results for the day: WP vs Free State- WP 348/7 (40 overs), B Stofile 158, S Nama 2/52; Free State- 191/9 (40 overs), T Claasen 35, BStofile 3/39. WP won by 157 runs.
Northern Gauteng vs KZN – Northern Gauteng 270/7 (40 overs), M v d Linde 61, M Parmeshwar 1/40; KZN- 134/10 (27 overs) S Mandweni 25, E Mathapo 3/33;
Boland vs Central Gauteng – Gauteng 193/10 (37,2 overs), S Bidla 40, M Williams2/21; Boland 194/5 (30,4 overs ) JMbane 54 ?oland won by 5 wickets.

The tournament is played at Radloff Park Somerset West and will end on Saturday 12 April.