Pinelands aim for one-day cup final

Pinelands CC's Luke Masisari goes for a cut shot.

Player coach and captain Garreth von Hoesslin won the toss and selected to bat in sunny conditions.

Pinelands went out guns blazing, posting 179.

Von Hoesslin led by example with 110 runs not out, putting pressure on the Cravenby Bowlers.

Pinelands dismissed their opponents for 78 – with Mark Temple the pick of the bowlers taking 6/25. Temple took the game away from the Elsies River-based side as early as the second over, taking three wickets leaving Cravenby 4/3 at the end of the second over.

Club chairman Steve Westraad said it was great to pick up the victory which is a confidence booster for the rest of the one-day campaign.

“The mood in the camp is positive after this victory. My players are also confident of doing well in this competition,” he said.

However, Pinelands will have their work cut out for them as they still have to face Bonteheuwel, Yorkshire and Hottentots Holland.

They play Bonteheuwel on Saturday December 10, and Westraad said it won’t be easy playing in their backyard but they will run out and give their best.

Four Pinelands squad members will be eager to get the ball rolling as they will face their former side, Bonteheuwel.

Last week, a different four players played against their former side, Cravenby, and they did well.

“We are in a tough pool and won’t take our opponents for granted. The plan is to make the semi-finals or final of the one-day cup,” he said.

Meanwhile, Pinelands has not had the best of starts to the first half of the WPCA division 1B two-day format . Following defeats against Strandfontein, Helderberg, Northerns Goodwood and Bishop Lavis.

Westraad believes they need to win at least four of the five remaining two-day encounters, in the new year.

All-rounder Luke Masisari, 23, has been in fine form with ball and bat for Pinelands in the two-day format.

He scored 58 and 41 against Helderberg and Northerns Goodwood respectively. While with the ball he’s taken 4/62,4/61 and 4/55 against Helderberg, Northerns Goodwood and Bishop Lavis respectively.

Masisari said the season has gone according to plan but he believes there’s always room for improvement.

“I am more of a bowling all-rounder. I believe I can do better but to open the bowling and batting is a bit tough on the body. Next year I am hoping to bat in the middle order,” he said.

It comes as no surprise why Masisari is doing well as he has represented Zimbabwe at under-13,14,15 and 16 level. He was also part of the Zimbabwean side that finished the under-19 world cup in 15th place, in Australia, in 2012.He had top scores of 47 and 68 against Papua New Guinea in the group and knockout stages respectively.

“It was an amazing feeling and great experience to play on the main stage. However my fondest moment was scoring a 165 not out for the Zimbabwean under-14 side against Northerns, when we toured South Africa. My main goal is to play for the senior(Zimbabwean) side,” said Masisari who played up against South African opening wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock as a junior.

“It was great playing up against him. At that time already he was doing well. I can only learn from him to improve my batting,” he said.