Rivaldo Moonsamy smashed a quickfire century for Northerns in Pretoria to put them in command of their fixture against Western Province, and claims Thursday’s Play of the Day award, writes ANITHA MADIKIZELA.
The wicketkeeper-batsman scored an imposing 104 off 143 deliveries which included 12 fours and one six to help power the home side to a mammoth 357-6 after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Northerns began their innings well with an 82-run opening stand between Jiveshan Pillay (41) and Andrea Agathagelou (50).
Moonsamy walked to the crease with Northerns on 169-5 after losing Wandile Makwetu (40) to a brilliant return catch by Jason Smith (2-50). He joined Leus du Plooy (94 off 194 balls, 11×4) in the middle, and the pair put together a stunning 178-run partnership for the sixth wicket to rescue the innings.
Moonsamy was the last man to lose his wicket on day one when Smith found a way through the right-hander’s defences, bowling the batsman in the 92nd over of the innings. He would have been disappointed to fall just a couple of overs before the close of play at Tshwane University of Technology Oval.
Northerns will resume on Friday with Du Plooy (94) and Ruben Trumpelmann (8) at the crease, looking to build on their 357-6 after day one.
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