Champions League T20
Boucher's gritty determination
Mark Boucher (Gallo Images)
Port Elizabeth – He has been struggling along with a sore back and shoulder, but Mark Boucher has been worth his weight in gold for the Warriors in the Champions League with his trademark resolve.
In the Eastern Cape side’s two games to date, captain Davy Jacobs and Rusty Theron have been the top performers with bat and ball respectively.
However, Boucher’s role in the victories over the Wayamba Elevens and the Victoria Bushrangers should not be underestimated. He batted very well in both games and his wicketkeeping was faultless.
Boucher will celebrate his 34th birthday in December. He admits that he is feeling the many years of cricket in his body. He had just recovered from a back injury when he felt his shoulder against the Bushrangers.
It happened while he was batting, but he played through the pain and contributed an important innings.
Bushrangers captain David Hussey said that the 31 runs by South Africa’s wicketkeeper was a decisive blow against his team.
“We pulled things back nicely after the Warriors had started well, but then Boucher took the game away from us,” said Hussey.
Boucher batted just as well against the Elevens. He scored 40 unbeaten runs off 26 balls.
Behind the stumps he did not concede a bye, even though his back and one shoulder were sore.
On top of that, his experience is worth a lot – in particular for Jacobs, but also for the rest of the team.
The Warriors’ bowlers should share the credit with Boucher that the extras were kept to a minimum. In their two games, the Warriors conceded only 10 extras.
There were no no-balls, but six wides and four leg-byes. Some of the wides can be excused as they were bowled in an attempt to engineer a stumping.
Meanwhile, Boucher will be fit to play in the Warriors’ next game against the Central Stags at St George’s Park on Saturday. The Warriors will be sure of a place in the semifinals if they win.