President’s XI go down in brave battle

2013-01-31 00:00

A SECOND strong Hilton side beat President’s XI by 20 runs, however, it was a better night for the latter in their second successive game.

The Hilton first XI had played home side St Charles in the Inland final of the CSA T20 competition.

In the latter, bad light and rain prevented little more than the Hilton innings, where they scored 117/7. St Charles faced one over before the game was abandoned.

Meanwhile, at the Oval, play was also interrupted in the Hilton innings after five overs with the score on 32/1.

They eventually resumed play about two-and-a-half hours later, with the match reduced to 24 overs per innings.It was difficult for the bowlers as the outfield was wet.

A 54-run fifth wicket partnership between Simon Purdon and Michael Dedekind (38) really increased the run rate.

Purdon was also involved in two 40-run partnerships for the fourth and sixth wickets, with Matthew Dahl and Ettiene Marx.

He finished on an undefeated 65 and Hilton had posted a very creditable total of 182/5.

Vaughn Manuel captured three wickets for 28 in his five overs.

It was much the same at the beginning of the President’s innings with wickets falling at regular intervals, but for the first time in their three matches, a President’s batsman, Brendon Stead, was able to score more than 20, and went on to a good half century.

The bowling was not as consistent as in the previous matches and Stead and Manuel took advantage, adding 49 in 28 balls for the seventh wicket. Manuel used the long handle scoring 25 in 20 balls.

Although the President’s XI lost it was an entertaining match.

SCORE IN BRIEF

Hilton 182-5 (Dedekind 38, Purdon 65*, Manuel 3/28)

Presidents XI 162-9 (Manuel 25, Stead 68)

Hilton won by 20 runs

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