“The bowling unit was superb and had great energy. The experience of Dane Piedt coming through at the end – we knew they quality that we would be getting from him.”
The ITEC Knights opened their CSA 4-Day campaign with a resounding innings and 177-run win against the Limpopo Impalas in Bloemfontein on Sunday.
On Saturday the Knights declared their first innings on 622/7 thanks to a brilliant career-best knock of 212 not out by the captain, Patrick Botha, while the former Protea, Gihahn Cloete scored 184-runs.
On Sunday the Impalas were bowled out for 214 in their second innings with the debutant and former Proteas spinner, Dane Piedt, taking 5/55. The seamer Nipho Mpungose in turn took 3/43 for match figures of 9/124.
Botha told OFM Sport that as a collective the played well, and he leaves that the bowling unit in particular was superb.
“It was really good to get the win and getting it wrapped up before lunch and not leaving it for too late and letting it get stressful, said the victorious skipper.
“The preparation leading up to the game was really good. They guys knew what they had to do and carried it our during the game.
“The bowling unit was superb and had great energy. The experience of Dane Piedt coming through at the end – we knew they quality that we would be getting from him.
“With the batting, it was really good to get a double hundred and it was really nice to bat with Gihahn Cloete and see him doing well as well.
“As a unit we’re happy and leading up to the game against the Northern Cape we’ll keep working on our processes and be ready for the challenge.”
From Thursday the Northern Cape Heat will host the Knights in Kimberley.