Berea Rovers outplay Pinetown

2014-11-20 00:00

DUE to the Ram Slam T20 Challenge triple header at Kingsmead on Sunday, only one KZNCU Premier League 50-over match was played.

Needing to make up a game on the rest of the pack, Pinetown played Berea Rovers at Lahee Park, Rovers getting home by five wickets.

Pinetown v Berea Rovers

Pinetown took first guard against a Rovers side keen for the points to enable them to stay in touch with rivals Crusaders, who top the log once more.

A young and enthusiastic Pinetown outfit tried their best to make a game of it, posting 180-9 in their 50 overs.

A few batsmen enjoyed starts — Ben Compton (19), Kyle Stirling (22) and Grant Romeril (20) — but it was left to Grant Olivier, batting at seven, to provide the impetus with a well-constructed 58.

Pinetown looked wobbly on 72-6 and his effort kept the Rovers fielders and bowlers in the field for the full 50-overs quita.

Best with the ball was Kyle Buckthorpe who proved difficult to get away, claiming 3-12 in 10 tight overs. Ryan Vaughan (2-27), Devlin Dolan (2-41) and Byron Whatmore (2-44) chipped in with important wickets.

Rovers got off to a great start, openers Darryn Hatch (28) and Jason Lacon-Allin (48) setting the foundation with 49 for the first wicket.

Credit to Pinetown for fighting to the death and taking five wickets before Rovers reached 184-5 in 45 overs. Buckthorpe proved a thorn in Pinetown’s side with 33 to back his bowling effort and Vaughan was undefeated on 39 at the end.

Romeril (2-21) and Tyron Koen (2-36) were Pinetown’s most successful bowlers.

Pinetown 180-9 (Olivier 58; Kyle Buckthorpe 3-12)

Berea Rovers 184-5 (Lacon-Allin 48, Buckthorpe 33, Vaughan 39*)

Berea Rovers won by 5 wickets.


The weekend’s match sees all sides having played seven matches. Defending champions Crusaders are again the front runners with 29 points, ahead of Rovers 26 points, Uthungulu 22 points, Topham 18 points, Pinetown 13 points, African Warriors 12 points, Chatsworth Sporting 11 points, Delta 11 points, Chatsworth United 8 points and DHS Rhythm 4 points.


This Sunday sees another full round of Premier League action.

Topham v DHS Rhythm — DHSOB

Pinetown v Delta — Lahee Park

Chatsworth Sporting v Chatworth United — Chatsworth Oval

Uthungulu v Crusaders — Addison Park

Berea Rovers v African Warriors — Lutherfield, Kloof.

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