Berea Rovers resume their Premier League campaign by beating Topham

2014-01-16 00:00

THE second half of the Premier League cricket season started last Sunday, with second placed Berea Rovers travelling to Chatsworth Oval to meet Topham.

Adding spice to the encounter was former Rovers player Brandon Scullard doing duty for Topham and relishing the opportunity to take on his former team-mates. He delivered a solid performance with bat and ball but it was not enough to prevent Rovers bagging the points with a five-wicket win.

Bowling first after winning the toss, Rovers’ opening bowlers Dylan Buckthorp and Byron Whatmore soon had the hosts on the back foot at 12-3 on a under-prepared pitch.

Scullard contributed 26 in a total of 115 scored in just under 40 overs, but the credit belonged to the bowlers. Spinner Kyle Buckthorp gave away just 22 runs in his 10 overs, picking up three wickets at the death, while seamers Dylan Buckthorp and Grayson McMullen finished with a brace each.

With not much to defend, Scullard gave his all. He accounted for Cody Gertze in the first over, but he was seen off by man of the match Craig Currin (44) and Shilo Ramdin.

Ryan Vaughan struck the winning runs, bagging the bonus point.

PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS

Crusaders 248-7 (Hattingh 89, Biddulph 51, Simmonds 45*; Ndlovu 3-40)

African Warriors 86 (Simmonds 5-21)

Crusaders won by 162 runs.

Topham 115 (Canham 50; Van Jaarsveld 3-17)

Berea Rovers 116-5 (Currin 44, Pentz 34)

Berea Rovers won by 5 wickets.

Chatsworth Sporting 112 (Govender 33; Bishop 3-17, Kazi 3-21)

Southern Natal 116-8 (Bishop 46*; Gobind 3-11, Padayachee 3-19)

Southern Natal won by 2 wickets.

DHS Rhythm 226-9 (Hodnett 94, Redinger 39; Maharaj 3-24)

Chatsworth United 97 (Compton 38; Khan 3-10)

DHS Rhythm won by 129 runs.

Delta 180-8 (Frost 32, Fowler 35*; Jordan 3-41)

Uthungulu 149 (Riekert 35; Arshad 4-33)

Delta won by 31 runs.

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