• SA News Roundup (mon)

    The weekend produced another winner in the Ram Slam catch a six competition and the Proteas Women are struggling in their Test against India.

    India Women remain in control at the close of day 2

    South Africa Women reached stumps on day 2 on 85/3 in reply to India Women’s first innings score of 400/6 declared in the one off test at Mysore, India.

    At the start of play, the India Women top order continued to pile on the runs as Thirush Kamini (163*) and Poonam Raut (130) found little to worry about while facing the visitors tiring bowling attack. The pair eased India past the 300 mark before Raut would eventually fall to Chloe Tryon (1-41) who handed South Africa Women their only wicket in the morning session as India women went into lunch on 339/2.

    After Lunch India Women would come out playing an expansive brand of cricket as they attempted to up their run-rate ahead of their declaration. The extra risks taken meant that the SA Women bowlers were able pick up a few wickets, namely Loubser who finished with figures of 3 for 90 in 32.4 overs before the hosts decided that they had, had enough and declared their innings after reaching the 400 mark.

    South Africa Women would suffer two early setbacks as they lost both van Niekerk (15) and Kapp (0) with the score on 37. After an innings steadying 46 run partnership between Moodley (40) and du Preez (28*) the visitors would then lose their third wicket just before the close of play, to end the day 3 wickets down and still trailing India Women by 315 runs.

    Day 1: India Women 211/1 (MDT Kamini 100* , PG Raut 100* , CL Tryon 1-55)

    Day 2: India Women 400/6dec SA Women 85/3 ( NA Moodley 40, M du Preez 28* , RS Gayakwad 2-20)

    Second legitimate catch in the Ram Slam competitions

    Another fan took a spectacular one-handed grab in 

Friday’s RAM SLAM T20 Challenge at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. The 19-year-old, Kallie van der Merwe, caught the coveted six off the bat of Rassie van der Dussen.

    When the student from Heidelberg was asked what he would do with his stake in the one million Rand prize money, he responded excitedly with, ‘A December holiday in Stilbaai with my friends and the rest I will put into savings, as I am still too young to be sure how I would spend it.

    ‘I heard about the competition from my parents and decided that my friends and I would attend as many games as possible so that we could stand a chance at winning a share in the money. Seems it paid off but we are not stopping,’ added Kallie who intends on attending further games.

    This year sponsoring partners of the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge, Ram Hand to Hand Couriers took a decision to award one million Rand to an attendee over 18 years of age, who catches a six with one hand during a televised match. Sunday 9 November, Bosman Puren from Potchefstroom managed to achieve the same during the match between Knights and Highveld Lions. Now, Puren stands to either split the million equally with van der Merwe or endure multiple splits pending further winners during the upcoming T20 televised games.

    Both winners attended the Triple-Header at Kingsmead last night, where they enjoyed the match from the Ram Hospitality Suite.

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