Crusaders’ victory march in T20 league continues

2014-03-13 00:00

HAVING wrapped up the KZNCU 50-over Premier League and heading for club champs for the eighth time in 10 years, Crusaders Cricket Club continued their victory march in the T20 league.

This past weekend, the lads were involved in two matches, meeting rivals Berea Rovers and African Warriors, knocking up wins in both clashes.

First up was Rovers on Sunday morning, a vital game for both sides as the winner would be a strong favourite to progress far into the competition.

Calling correctly, Crusaders had no hesitation in batting on what looked an excellent strip. Openers Jarryd van Heerden (31) and Riaan Minnie (29) got off to a solid start, putting on 43 for the first wicket before Minnie departed.

But it was the partnership and batting of captain Mike Alexander (49) and Sean “Big Norm” Dixon (49*) that set the innings alight, their 64-run partnership coming in six overs. Alexander’s runs came from 32 balls with two sixes, while Dixon laid into the bowling, using only 25 balls for his runs and clearing the boundary four times.

At 190-5 in their overs, Crusaders reflected on a job well done.

In the end, it proved enough as Rovers fell 12 runs short, finishing on 178-6, their innings centred around a superb 115* from Craig Currin, enabling his side to recover from 90-4 after 12.1 overs.

Neville Talbot and Kyle Buckthorp make 22 apiece, but when needed the Crusaders bowlers made their mark, Nick Hewer, Kyle Morrison and Kyle Simmonds defending the total well.

Currin’s runs came from just 70 balls and he was unlucky such a performance did not bring more reward.

Later in the day, Crusaders took on African Warriors and capped a good day’s work with a six-wicket win.

This time, Crusaders opted to bowl after calling correctly, a good call as Warriors were restricted to 103-6 in their 20 overs.

Simmonds was again miserly, giving away 19 runs in his four overs, rewarded with one wicket.

A slight wobble in the chase saw Crusaders 22-3 as the Warriors bowlers got the ball to move around early on, but Minnie (50*), Alexander (16) and Dixon (11*) produced the goods when it mattered, steering Crusaders over the line in the 14th over.

Rovers were rewarded in their afternoon game with a seven-wicket win against Chatsworth United. Batting first, United made 111-6, Ben Compton’s 45* keeping the scoreboard ticking. Rovers reached 116-3, Dolphins opening batsman Cameron Delport (53) and Nick Pentz (38) seeing them home.

Both teams play in the A League and Crusaders’ full house of wins sees them top the log with eight points, followed by Rovers and Chatsworth United on four points. African Warriors and Topham have yet to get off the mark.

In the B League, DHS Rhythm and Uthungulu have eight points apiece, with Delta on four and Chatsworth Sporting and Southern Natal yet to break their duck.

Saturday PM T20 B League

Southern Natal 67 (Jansen Van Rensburg 4-8,

Ndlovu 3-9)

DHS Rhythm 68-2 (Trenoweth 35*)

DHS Rhythm won by 8 wickets.

Delta 77-8 (Jordan 3-11)

Uthungulu 79-4

Uthungulu won by 6 wickets.

Sunday AM T20 A League

Crusaders 190-4 (Van Heerden 31, Alexander 49, Dixon 49*)

Berea Rovers 178-6 (Currin 115*)

Crusaders won by 12 runs.

Topham 111 (Craig Schlemmer 42; Maharaj 4-13)

Chatsworth United 114-5 (Kupperman 32)

Chatsworth United won by 5 wickets.

Sunday AM T20 B League

DHS Rhythm 146-7 (Grant Hodnett 61; Anand 3-21)

Chatsworth Sporting 134-8 (Bezuidenhoudt 34, Gounder 39)

DHS Rhythm won by 12 runs.

Sunday PM T20 A League

Chatsworth United 111-6 (Compton 45*)

Berea Rovers 116-3 (Delport 53, Pentz 38*)

Berea Rovers won by 7 wickets.

African Warriors 76-6

Crusaders 106-4 (Minnie 50*)

Crusaders won by 6 wickets.

Sunday PM T20 A League

Uthungulu 130-5 (Zwart 43, Jordan 35*)

Chatsworth Sporting 121 (Bezuidenhoudt 37;

Joubert 4-12)

Uthungulu won by 9 runs.

Delta 109-6 (Crowie 52*)

Southern Natal 72-8 (Proctor 3-3)

Delta won on better run rate.

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