Pinetown get 50-run win over Umzinto

2013-11-21 00:00

LEFT-ARM orthodox spinner Barry Dyer’s career best figures of 5-18 in six overs saw Pinetown Cricket Club’s 1st team to a 50-run win against Umzinto in a Challenge League Stream 1 clash on Sunday.

This was Pinetown’s sixth win on the trot, their only loss was to current league leaders UKZN in the first fixture of the season.

In a match that looked to be abandoned thanks to heavy rain two days prior to the fixture, the pools of water on the uncovered pitch and in the outfield suddenly evaporated. This allowed play to start at noon, the match shortened to 30 overs a side. Playing down the South Coast, Pinetown was asked to bat first. Openers Grant Romeril and Grant Olivier played with caution on a slow-paced pitch with variable bounce. Olivier (18) was the first to go, followed soon after by Scottish U19 star Kyle Stirling (9).

Bruce Kruger (34*), enjoying a consistent period with the bat, joined Romeril (39) and set about the bowling, looking to accelerate and set a decent score for the opposition to chase down. They were responsible for the bulk of Pinetown’s 128-6 at the end of the allotted 30 overs. It was left to the bowlers to win the match and secure the vital bonus point.

Needing to restrict quick runs, Pine­town’s bowlers stamped their authority early on. Assisted by the slow wicket, Tyron Koen struck early, netting two wickets in his first two overs as Pinetown’s spinners, sensing the wicket taking plenty of turn, lined up to have a go on the responsive track.

With Umzinto’s batsmen struggling against the spin and falling behind the run rate, Dyer wove his magic. Newcomer to Pinetown, Nick Tatham, finished proceedings by wrapping up the final two wickets as the hosts were bundled out for 78, giving Pinetown another valued bonus point.

Rain ruined all lower league fixtures, but Sunday’s clear skies allowed Pinetown’s 2nds and 3rds to enjoy a 20-over bash at Lahee Park. Batting first, Abdulla Shaik’s team smashed a more than useful 206-5. All rounder Brendan Pieterse (33) wielded the willow to good effect.

In reply, Quinn’s team, captained by Quinn Jones who led from the front with 48, never quite rose to the challenge. They fell way short, bowled out for 115, a healthy 91 runs short of the target.

This Sunday, Pinetown hunt for another full house of points against Simplex Reservoir Hills, playing at Lahee Park.

The match is scheduled to start at 9 am.

Challenge League Stream 1 Results

ACC 162-3 (Jared Michaux 35, James Wilson 44, Cameron Mill 37*)

Simplex RHCSC 163-3 (Sherwyn Munsami 36, Ali Laghari 68 retired hurt)

Simplex RHCSC won by 7 wickets

Pinetown 128-6 (Grant Romeril 39, Bruce Kruger 34*)

Umzinto 78 (Barry Dyer 5-18)

Pinetown won by 50 runs

Verulam 157-8 (Brandon Taylor 3-25)

Hillary Malvern 95 (Herschel Levendal 36)

Verulam won by 62 runs

Quins 62 (Richard Wissing 4-21, Sahil Bissoon 4-14)

UKZN 63-2

UKZN won by 8 wickets

Railways 245-5 (Brandon Govender 108, Wayne Naicker 46, Manoj Nohari 45, Akshay Jugernath 3-35)

Dawn Heights 161 (Vishal Vishal 45, Bilal Ismail 31, Dawood Mather 3-29)

Railways won by 84 runs

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