Pinetown prove their strength against Toti

2014-01-30 00:00

IN a high-scoring Challenge League Stream 1 match on Sunday at Lahee Park, Pinetown Cricket Club returned to winning ways against Amanzimtoti (ACC), securing a bonus point in their 56-run triumph.

After a two-wicket defeat the previous week against fellow league title contenders UKZN, it was vital for the Highway outfit to return to winning ways and they achieved this thanks to their middle-order batsmen.

Asked to bat first, Pinetown stuttered in a shaky start, losing three wickets without much on the board. It looked as if the familiar pattern of losing wickets in clumps was back to haunt the side, but Bruce Kruger and Nick Tatham changed the course of the match, ultimately setting the platform to allow the bowlers to do their work.

In a fourth-wicket partnership of 120, the pair swung the pendulum back in Pinetown’s favour.

Tatham reached a deserved half-century, bowled through the gate for 57, allowing the burly Grant Olivier to pick up the baton and continue piling on the runs.

The former South African softball player wasted no time in settling at the crease, joining Kruger in taking a liking to the ACC seamers in the final 14 overs of the innings. Kruger was sublime in reaching his second century of the season, finishing undefeated on 114, while Olivier was unconquered on 64, the pair stopping the scoreboard on a respectable 264-4 after 50 overs.

With something to defend, Pinetown’s bowlers started well. Left-arm quick Andrew Dyer found his line and length early, bowling his quota of 10 overs on the trot in bagging a wicket and conceding a miserly 21 runs. His spell had the visiting batsmen up against the run rate from the beginning of their reply and it was a game effort from Cameron Mill (59) and Warren Fry (47), which allowed Toti to stay in the chase.

Once Fry departed, Pinetown’s bowlers stole the limelight. Tatham’s off-spin saw him claim 3-44 in his 10 overs, ably supported by left-arm seamer Grant Romeril, whose 3-41 put the skids on ACC’s effort.

Refusing to lie down though, ACC’s tail-enders swung the willow to good effect, Travis Cuff (30*) making a fight of preventing Pinetown getting the bonus point. The final wicket came off the last ball of the innings as Toti were dismissed for 205, giving the hosts a full house of points.

With UKZN enjoying a convincing win against Verulam, Pinetown are still second on the log with 44 points, the students riding high on 48 points. Both sides have played 12 games.

This weekend, Pinetown travel to Peace Park, Queensburgh, where they meet Hillary Malvern.

Challenge Stream 1 Results

Simplex RHCSC 155 (Laghari 31, Naidoo 51; Oliver 5-17)

Hillary Malvern 59 (Naidoo 3-18, Paul 3-0, Rungan 4-23)

Simplex RHCSC won by 96 runs.

Pinetown 261-4 (Kruger 114*, Tatham 57, Olivier 64*)

ACC 205 (Fry 47, Mill 59, Cuff 30*; Romeril 3-41; Tatham 3-44)

Pinetown won by 56 runs.

UKZN 232-3 (Sunkari 80*, Boote 108*)

Verulam 76-9 (Sunkari 4-12)

UKZN won by 156 runs.

Railways 209 (Pillay 76)

Quins 92 (Viljoen 31; Hoosen 7-32)

Railways won by 117 runs.

Umzinto 183-8 (Khan 46*, Naicker 35; Sadayan 3-32)

Dawnheights 109 (Misra 39; Ismail 3-25, Khan 3-22, Hoosen 3-15)

Umzinto won by 74 runs.

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