Crusaders dominate Pinetown in Premier League cricket

2014-11-06 00:00

A FULL round of Premier League cricket fixtures were played at the weekend, with the dominating performance coming from defending champions Crusaders.

They dominated Pinetown, thanks to batsman Mike Alexander who smashed an unbeaten 147, the first century of the season in the league, which will take some beating as the season moves on.

Crusaders v Pinetown

Played at Crusaders, the match started at 11.30 am due to a wet outfield and was reduced to 35 overs a side.

Asked to bat, Crusaders amassed 226-4 in their overs, led by Alexander’s superb innings.

Pinetown were convinced they had their man LBW on 42 and then dropped him on 90. Alexander rode his success, making a further 50 runs from just 11 balls as they posted a score that was always going to test Pinetown.

Kyle Gilham was Pinetown’s best bowler with 2-43.

Pinetown never got going, dismissed for 116 in 29.4 overs, to give Crusaders a 110-run win. Only four batsmen reached double figures, the best being Tim Spence (27) and Greg Ford (23).

Mark Proctor claimed 4-12 in 4.4 overs and Kyle Simmonds 2-18 in seven overs.

Crusaders 226-4 (Alexander 147*, Minnie 39).

Pinetown 116 (Proctor 4-12).

Crusaders won by 110 runs.

African Warriors v Topham

This low-scoring affair, played at Kingsmead Oval, saw Topham get home by five wickets on a sticky wicket.

Batting first, Warriors crawled to 75 all out in 28 overs, with Dolphins all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo (18) the best with the willow. Phumlani Vezi (12*) and extras (13) were the only other contributors of note.

Ryan Reeves (3-30) and Singitha Gcilitshana (3-20) were among the wickets.

Despite the low total, Topham were made to do the hard graft for their win, losing five wickets in reaching 76 in 12.2 overs, enough for a bonus point win. Reeves struck 31 as wickets fell in the quick run chase. Phehlukwayo again contributed, finishing with 3-15 in six overs.

African Warriors 75 (Reeves 3-30, Gcilitshana 3-20).

Topham 76-5 (Reeves 31, Phehlukwayo 3-15).

Topham won by five wickets.

Berea Rovers v Uthungulu

This 42-over match, played at Lutherfield in Kloof, went down to the wire, with Rovers sneaking home by 14 runs.

Having first strike, Rovers put 142-7 on the board, with top-order batsmen Craig Currin (41), Darryn Hatch (31) and Sahil Ramdin (49) getting starts and being the main contributors to the final total.

Dale van der Merwe kept Uthungulu in the hunt with 3-20. Gary Park led the chase with 51, but support came only from Neill Jordan (37) as Uthungulu let the opportunity for an upset-win slip away. Dylan Buckthorpe put the skids on their challenge with 4-29 in 7.2 overs.

Berea Rovers 174-7 (Currin 41, Hatch 31, Ramdin 49, Van der Merwe 3-20).

Uthungulu 160 (Park 51, Jordan 37, Buckthorpe 4-29).

Berea Rovers won by 14 runs.

Chatsworth Sporting v Delta

Played at Tills, Delta took this one by three wickets in another low scoring clash.

Sporting had first strike and plodded to 99 all out in 41 overs. Extras with 21 was the highest score in a batting display that saw only Nash Govender (19), Jeyato Bezuidenhout (19) and Deepak Anand (12) go past 10.

Matthews Lees delivered the goods with 4-7 in seven overs and Kushen Kishun weighed in with 3-6 in 5.5 overs.

Delta got off to a nightmare start, reeling at 8-4 with Yuvan Maharaj, Zakaria Paruk and Ilyas Karodia failing to score. It took Jonathan Fowler, batting at eight, to compile an undefeated 50 and Husain Badat (27) at the top of the order to secure what had appeared an unlikely victory, with Delta reaching 100-7 in 29.3 overs.

Wickets were shared among the bowlers.

Chatsworth Sporting 99 (Kishun 3-6, Lees 4-7).

Delta 100-7 (Fowler 50*).

Delta won by three wickets.

DHS Rhythm v Chatsworth United

United made short work of chasing 117 for victory, coasting to an eight-wicket win at DHSOB.

Rhythm mustered 116-9 in 38 overs, extras again the best with 23, as batting proved a challenging task.

Five batsmen reached double figures without passing 20 and good bowling at times from United saw four of their bowlers grab two scalps each.

An opening partnership of 94 between Nishaey Ramphal (30) and Joel Veeran (45*) put the result beyond doubt, extras once more a healthy 20 in a total of 117-2 in 33.1 overs.

Kyle Hodnett and Ainsley Ndlovu were the wicket takers.

DHS Rhythm 116-9.

Chatsworth United 117-2 (Ramphal 30, Veeran 45*).

Chatsworth United won by eight wickets.


Crusaders look down upon the rest of the teams with 24 points from six matches, well on their way to bagging what would be their sixth consecutive Premier League title.

Rivals Rovers are next best on 19 points with a game in hand, while Uthungulu on 17 points from their six matches are the surprise in third. The rest of the standings see Topham on 13 points, African Warriors 12 points, Sporting and Delta 11 points, Pinetown eight points from five matches, United eight points and Rhythm four points.

Fixtures for Sunday:

Crusaders v African Warriors — Crusaders 1

Delta v Topham — Tills

Chatsworth Sporting v Berea Rovers — Chatsworth Oval

Chatsworth United v Uthungulu — Lahee Park

DHS Rhythm v Pinetown — DHSOB.

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