Saturday, December 19, 2015



Willie Ludick from Northerns has been named the Coca-Cola® Hero of the day for day 2 of the Coca-Cola® Khaya Majola Cricket Week.

The prestigious Coca-Cola® Hero of the Day award is presented on each day of the tournament in recognition of a game changing ‘hero’ moment.  Willie was selected for the award by a Coca-Cola appointed panel of cricket experts after he took a huge risk by declaring early and going for an all-out win after his team had lost on the first innings in his match against Mpumalanga.

In declaration games, a team can win on the result of their first innings but if there is enough time they can bat a second time and win the game outright. The second innings only consists of 5 wickets a side.

Mpumalanga batted first and scraped to 119 runs against a very strong Northerns lineup.

Northerns would have fancied their chances of winning the game but instead lost wickets quickly and found themselves at 58/9 when Willie decided that he had already lost on the first innings but he can still win the game. 

Willie declared on 58/9 letting Mpumalanga bat again, his bowlers responded very well by reducing Mpumalanga to 51/5. Northerns needed 112 to win the game in 10 overs. Northerns put on a good show but after they lost two wickets they decided to bat out their overs.

“We thought that we batted badly in the first innings and that we are better than 58/9, so if we declared early and bowled them out cheaply we could show them exactly how well we can really play and knock off their lead to win the game. It nearly worked out for us but unfortunately we did not leave ourselves with enough overs to win the game.” said Willie.

Willie Ludick is now in line for the accolade of Coca-Cola® Hero of the Tournament which will be announced at an award ceremony on the 20th December 2015.

Fetsi Mbele, Coca-Cola South Africa’s Senior Communications Manager: Brand Experience commented, “Congratulations to Willie Ludick on being selected as Coca-Cola® Hero of the day for day 2 of the Coca-Cola® Khaya Majola Week.  At Coca-Cola we believe that it is essential to put platforms such as the Coca-Cola® Khaya Majola Week, and the Coca-Cola® Schools T20 Challenge, in place for players of all ages to reach their full potential. The Coca-Cola® Khaya Majola Week is Where Heroes Are Made and for many of the players here this week, this is just the beginning of a future in the game.  I look forward to following the likes of Willie as they carve out a career for themselves in South African cricket”   


Summarised Scorecards (Time Cricket):
 KwaZulu-Natal Inland first innings 146 (Eathan Bosch 41; Conor McKerr 3/18, Chad Claassen 2/28); Gauteng first innings 106/7 (Liam Smith 38; Jean de Wet 2/15, David Small 2/18). Match drawn

 Free State first innings 232/6 decl. (Raynard van Tonder 79, Kevin Pretorius 54, Niel Durow  47, Sean Whitehead 33*; Tyron Koen 2/51); KwaZulu-Natal first innings 157/4 (Joel Veeran 77*, Sithabiso Zungu 45*, Niel Durow 2/11). Match drawn

 Western Province first innings 216 (Aaqil Ebrahim 78, Ryan Klein 50*; Kyle Biddulph 4/29); Eastern Province first innings 88 (Kyle Jacobs 41; Michael Cowen 3/20, Junaid Cawood 3/21). Western Province won on first innings

 Mpumalanga first innings 119 (Jacques Fourie 35; Ruan de Swardt 3/12, Nishan Pillay 3/23); Northerns first innings 58/9 decl. (Thabo Motaung 17, Ruan de Swardt 16*; Francois Kroukamp 4/12, Irfaan Hoosen 2/4); Mpumalanga second innings 51/5 decl. (Dean Foxcroft 4/28); Northerns second innings 59/2 (Rubin Hermann 25). Mpumalanga won on first innings

 Easterns first innings 209/9 decl. (Kyle Scheepers 65, Michael Enslin 35; Fenito Mehl 3/62, Thandani Majebe 2/16, Byron Fortuin 2/17); Boland first innings 196/8 (Fenito Mehl 49, Hannes Venter 42, Luke Philander 41*). Match drawn

 North West first innings 164 (Vian Maritz 69, Jandré Dreyer 40; Charl Brits 3/47, Frederik Coetzee 2/14); Namibia first innings 167 (Lohandré Louwrens 32, Jurgen Linde 30, Nikolaas Davin 30; Tshepo Seroalo 2/16, Ruan Haasbroek 2/17); North West second innings 112/1 (Louren Steenkamp 63, Lesego Senokwane 34*). Namibia won on first innings

 Northern Cape first innings 175/8 decl. (Gladwin Nieuwenhuizen 50, Reabone Prophy 26; Dillon Nuys 4/49); South Western Districts first innings 201/8 decl. (Richard Papenfus 78, Jean du Plessis 46; Roché Rossouw 5/75); Northern Cape second innings 85/2 decl. (Marko de Kock 29; Siyabonga Mbathane 2/23); South Western Districts second innnings 38/3 (Jaco van Rensburg 19*; Hannes Jacobs 3/6). South Western Districts won on first innings

 Border first innings 198 (Bamanye Xengxe 59, Mncedisi Malika 39; Brendan Bezuidenhout 2/13, Don Radebe 2/28); Limpopo first innings 161/6 (Morné Venter 70, Rassie Pretorius 31; Bamanye Xengxe 2/25). Match drawn

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