Highlanders Continue Their NSPST20 March
The Highlanders continued their good form over in the Netherlands as they claimed two wins over the Seafarers to put them at the top of the North Sea Pro Series T20 the the VOC yesterday (11 May).
In the first encounter saw a good opening stand by Ahmed (43) and Myburgh (55) worth 93 to put the Seafarers in a good position.
It was when Mommsen turned to the spinners, combined with some nifty fielding by Andrew Brock to run out Tim Gruijters and Wesley Barresi, proved to be the turning point for the visiting side.
Alasdair Evans bowled a miserly spell finishing with figures of 12 runs from his 4 overs, while Brock’s off-spin claimed 2 wickets, with Mark Watt and Chayank Gosain taking 1 wicket a-piece, to restrict the Seafarers to 123/7 from their 20 overs.
In reply the Highlanders lost Craig Wallace early on, but Hamish Gardiner (40) and Preston Mommsen (44*) helped their side stroll towards the total in 18.4 overs for the loss of 4 wickets.
The second game, again, saw the Seafarers make a decent start, this time with an 87 run partnership between Myburgh and Ahmed.
Myburgh hit 6 fours and 2 sixes as he batted right the way through the innings to finish unbeaten on 72, while Barresi made 33 from 16 deliveries to conclude the innings on 141/1.
Wallace made up for any disappointment with the bat in the first game with a dynamic 86 from 53 balls to lead the Highlanders charge.
Young Tom Sole provided an entertaining cameo with 26 runs, and with Mommen (26*), ensured the Highlanders would remain unbeaten from their three games in the competition so far, to record an 8 wicket win.
The Reivers suffered a 59 run loss in the first match against the Northern Hurricanes, but fared much better in the second match to overcome the same opponents by 16 runs to claim their first win of the competition.