Bonus point victory edges Berea Rovers closer to league leaders

2013-11-14 00:00

AFTER a two-week break from league cricket due to rain and Diwali, the Premier League resumed this past weekend with Berea Rovers meeting African Warriors at Kingsmead Oval.

Overnight rain saw a delayed start, the match getting under way at 11.45 am and reduced to 34 overs a side.

Rovers captain Byron Whatmore won the toss and asked Warriors to take first guard, a good call as his bowlers reduced them to 129 all out in 32.5 overs.

The bowlers got stuck in from the start, left-arm seamer and opening bowler Dylan Buckthorp setting the bar with 3-22 in his allotted seven overs. It was enough for him to earn the man of the match accolade. He was well backed up by Anthony Abiet, who snaffled 3-20 in his seven overs.

Great fielding backed up the bowlers, Richard Pentecost’s one-handed catch at mid-wicket a superb effort, indicating that Rovers meant business on the day and were hungry for the points.

A steady reply from Rovers saw Cody Gertze and Darryn Hatch get out in the 20s, while Neville Talbot opened his shoulders to smash two huge sixes in his 24.

These contributions were enough to get Rovers close to the target and it was left to Ryan Vaughan, who is enjoying consistent form with the bat, to see them home with an unbeaten 18.

Chasing the total down in 26.3 overs was enough to bag a bonus point for Rovers, who are now two points adrift of log leaders Crusaders.

Rovers’ 2nds also met African Warriors, playing on Rovers main field. Asked to bat first, Warriors could only manage 50 from 30.1 overs, left-arm spinner Eric Talbot having remarkable figures of 4-0.

In reply, Rovers cruised to an easy 10-wicket win, reaching 54 without loss in 12.3 overs.

This weekend, Rovers host Topham.

Premier League Results

African Warriors 129 (A. Phehlukwayo 50; A. Abeit 3-20, D. Buckthorpe 3-22)

Berea Rovers 130-5

Berea Rovers won by 5 wickets

Chatsworth Sporting 152-8 (J. Vandiar 40, Z. Bux 35, S. Mhlongo 30*)

Delta 149-9 (H. Badat 43, R. Reddy 34; Mhlongo 4-18)

Chatsworth Sporting won by 4 runs

Chatsworth United 209 -7 (B. Compton 82, M. Pillay 33, K. Maharaj 55; K. Simmonds 3-47)

Crusaders 210-7 (J. van Heerden 71, R. Hatting 69)

Crusaders won by 3 wickets

DHS Rhythm 233-3 (T. Mupariwa 46, G. Hodnett 119, T. Trenoweth 53)

Uthungulu 97 (A. Razak 3-16, A. Ndlovu 3-23)

DHS Rhythm won by 136 runs

Southern Natal 157 (A. Lombard 35, G. Bishop 35; S. Rampersad 4-34)

Topham 124 (M. Airey 40; Bishop 5-35, R. Kazi 3-17)

Southern Natal won by 33 runs.

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