Crusaders open lead gap

2014-11-13 00:00

SUNNY skies on Sunday allowed another full round of Premier League cricket fixtures to go down, with defending champions Crusaders beginning to dominate proceedings.

They are starting to put some distance between them and the chasing pack and it looks as though the battle will be in mid-table as the season moves on.

Crusaders v African Warriors

Played at Crusaders 1, the hosts romped to a strong 208-run win, bagging a bonus point in the process.

Batting first, the powerful Crusaders willow wielders breached the 300-run mark, stopping the scoreboard on 304 all out in 49.2 overs.

Middle order batsman Shaun Dixon (82) led the charge, receiving solid support from

Bevan Williams (52) and Mitch Nethercott (48). Centurion from the previous week against Pinetown, Mike Alexander, added 28 while SA U19 all-rounder Greg Oldfield and Jason Biddulph scored 29 apiece.

Phumlani Vezi gave a hearty performance with the ball, finishing with 4-64 in nine overs, backed up by Keenan Moses’ 3-65 in his nine overs.

Warriors never got out the blocks, crumbling for 96 in 32 overs. Five batsmen reached double figures, but the best effort came at the top of the order from Carter Nkambule (30).

Wickets were shared among the bowlers, Kyle Simmonds enjoying his purple patch with another consistent contribution of 3-25 in 10 overs.

Crusaders 304 (Williams 52, Nethercott 48, Dixon 82; Vezi 4-64, Moses 3-65)

African Warriors 96 (Nkambule 30;

Simmonds 3-25)

Crusaders won by 208 runs.

Berea Rovers v Chatsworth Sporting

Played at Chatsworth Oval, Rovers were made to work hard for a narrow 13-run win in a match that kept players interested right to the end.

Batting first, Rovers were dismissed for 184 in 46.3 overs, Kyle Buckthorpe taking charge with a commanding 86*.

He fought a lone battle, the next best being 24 at the tail end of the innings from Jordan Gregory. Rovers recovered from 68-6 and were helped by 34 extras.

Sumir Singh was among the wickets with 3-41 in 10 overs, with Deepak Anand, Lance Padayachee and Vyash Gobind netting two apiece.

Jeyato Bezuidenhout’s 71 kept Sporting in the hunt, but as with the Rovers innings, there was not much else from the batsmen other than Zayne Bux’s 32.

Time and overs eventually had the final say, Sporting finishing on 171-6 after 50 overs, something that might return to haunt them as the points situation gathers meaning later in the season. Wickets were shared by the Rovers bowlers, captain Byron Whatmore getting 2-27 in his 10 overs.

Berea Rovers 184 (Buckthorpe 86*; Singh 3-41)

Chatsworth Sporting 171-6

(Bezuidenhoudt 71, Bux 32)

Berea Rovers won by 13 runs.

Uthungulu v Chatsworth United

Uthungulu continued their solid season at Lahee Park with a 132-run win.

Batting first, the boys from up North knocked up a competitive 268-7 in their 50 overs, Simon Savides (75) and Eugene Zwart (50) reaching the half-century mark. Opener Otto Rode added 44 and extras contributed 27.

Gersen Govender led the bowling with 4-33 in eight overs.

Other than an opening stand of 41, United lost wickets regularly to be all out for 136 in 39.5 overs, Nazeer Mahomed left stranded on 33*. While some batsmen got starts, they failed to reach anything substantial against a bowling attack that gave away only 14 extras.

Trevor Kietzmann bagged 4-34 in his 10 overs and Stephan Joubert 3-39 in 9.5 overs.

Uthungulu 268-7 (Rode 44, Zwart 50,

Savides 75; Govender 4-33)

Chatsworth United 136 (Mahomed 33*;

Joubert 3-39, Kietzmann 4-34)

Uthungulu won by 132 runs.

Topham v Delta

Topham earned a haul of vital points in a 59-run win at Tills.

The day belonged to number four batsmen and former SA Colts player Jason Oakes, who stroked his way to a superb 103 in a total of 203-7 after 50 overs.

His contribution dominated an otherwise dismal batting display, the next best contribution 26 from opener Johannes Smit. Again, extras with 20 boosted the final total.

Jonathan Fowler was steady in claiming 4-29 in 10 controlled overs.

Delta responded with 144 all out in 46.2 overs, openers Yuvan Maharaj (44) and Waseem Rahman (18) setting a platform that slowly disintegrated.

Other than Aaron Koopman’s 23 there was not much else to consider in a poor chase.

Best of the bowlers was Ryan Reeves with 3-25.

Topham 203-7 (Oakes 103; Fowler 4-29)

Delta 144 (Maharaj 44; Reeves 3-25)

Topham won by 59 runs.

DHS Rhythm v Pinetown

Pinetown returned to winning ways in a five-wicket win at DHSOB after restricting the hosts to 130 all out in 48 overs.

Pinetown’s bowlers ripped into the top order, Rhythm tottering on 36-7 before a 67-run eight wicket partnership gave some respect to the total. It was thanks to Keeran Reddy’s 52 batting at nine and Brandon Fleming with 29 that there was any hint of something to defend.

All Pinetown’s bowlers had something in the wickets column, speedster Kyle Gilham the best with 3-22.

Opener Ben Compton set the tone with 29 and Tyrone Koen’s 51 saw Pinetown to 131-5 in 35.1 overs. Kyle Moolman was spirited in getting 2-26 in his 10 overs.

DHS Rhythm 130 (Reddy 52; Gilham 3-22)

Pinetown 131-5 (Koen 51)

Pinetown won by 5wkts.

Log

Crusaders 29pts (7 games)

Berea Rovers 22pts (6 games)

Uthungulu 22pts (7 games)

Topham 18pts (7 games)

Pinetown 13pts (6 games)

African Warriors 12pts (7 games)

Chatsworth Sporting 11pts (7 games)

Delta 11pts (7 games)

Chatsworth United 8pts (7 games)

DHS Rhythm 4pts (7 games)

Fixtures

This weekend, due to the Ram Slam T20 Challenge triple-header at Kingsmead, Pinetown and Berea Rovers are the only sides in action in the Premier League as they make up their outstanding game.

The match is at Lahee Park.

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