Kruger’s half-century does the trick for Pinetown

2013-11-14 00:00

PINETOWN’S Bruce Kruger compiled a steady half-century to guide the club’s 1st team to a strong eight-wicket win against Dawn Heights at Lahee Park on Sunday.

With a bonus point thrown in, the win sees Pinetown continue their assault on the Challenge League Stream 1 title, the win seeing them second in the standings with Toti, two points behind leaders UKZN.

Shaking off some dust and rust, Pine­town were asked to bowl first. Their bowlers got off to a fiery start as left-arm pacemen Andrew Dyer (3-21) and Kyle Gilham (3-16) had the men from Stanger on the back foot early on.

A run-out and and three wickets from Pinetown skipper and off- spinner Tim Spence saw Dawn Heights’ innings in tatters as they failed to reach 100, bowled out for 96.

Pinetown’s openers Bruce Kerr (5) and Grant Olivier (9) struck some early boundaries in the run chase, but they went cheaply to give the North Coast men a glimmer of hope.

It was not to be though, as Kruger and Kyle Stirling (25*) dug themselves in and took Pinetown across the line.

Kruger, a classy player, was in great form, looking at ease and working the Dawn Heights bowlers to all parts of the oval.

With three runs needed to win and his half century in sight, he worked one down the leg side for two runs before smashing the winning four to bring up his milestone, Pinetown’s 100 and the win.

It took Pinetown a mere 13 overs to reach the target and the bonus point has helped to keep them in the hunt for overall league honours.

Hard as they tried though, it seemed a case of whatever Pinetown do, UKZN can do better, the Varsity outfit also getting a bonus point by thrashing Railways by 152 runs.

This weekend, Pinetown head south to meet Umzinto.

Challenge League Stream 1 Results

Simplex RHCSC 131 (I. Pather 4-8)

Verulam 118 (J. Bajwa 3-17)

Simplex RHCSC won by 13 runs

ACC 196-5 (R. Albertyn 62, C. Flowers 36*)

Umzinto 98-7 (J. Michaux 3-22)

ACC won by 98 runs

Dawn Heights 96 (T. Spence 3-23, A. Dyer 3-21, K. Gilham 3-16)

Pinetown 100-2 (B. Kruger 50*)

Pinetown won by 8 wickets

Quins v Hillary Malvern

Washed Out

UKZN 198-8 (R. Wissing 31, M Boote 64; N. Naidoo 3-17)

Railways 46 (S. Muthusamy 3-18, N. Mgenge 3-16)

UKZN won by 152 runs.

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