Rovers and Crusaders clash an anti-climax

2013-10-24 00:00

THE anticipated clash between Berea Rovers and Crusaders in the Premier League on Sunday was an anti-climax as Crusaders took the win by four wickets, thanks to the Duckworth Lewis method.

That the match started was testimony to both sides wanting to get a game, although it was reduced from 50 to 36 overs.

While both teams were keen to get on the park, it was felt the officials lacked the same spark, wasting an hour in the morning after captains from both sides indicated they were keen to play. This proved crucial in the final outcome, leaving those involved wondering if the D/L method would have been called on after all.

Nonetheless, Rovers were asked to bat first and were off to a steady start, reaching 45 without loss after 11 overs. Then the rot set in as many of the batsmen contributed to their own demise, showing a lack of experience and allowing the pressure to build.

They did bat their full overs though, reaching 139 all out, the best contribution coming from Dolphins batsman Cameron Delport, who compiled 35. Best with the ball for Crusaders was Kyle Simmonds (4-14) and East Springer (3-28).

As had happened with Rovers, Crusaders also lost steady wickets and were saved by Jarred van Heerden’s unbeaten 57, which saw Crusaders to 106-6, enough to claim the win.

A slight drizzle nine overs into the Crusaders innings saw both sides stay on the field, despite the rain getting stronger, but the game did end with a touch of the farcical attached to it.

Van Heerden had dispatched Rover right-arm seamer Grayson McMullen for a six and a four before the umpires got together and decided bad light would have the final say in proceedings. Rovers players were mystified, protesting that their bowler had just been bashed around the park, yet bad light was the call.

Needless to say, it was a disappointing end with questions hanging over the standard of umpiring.

This weekend, Rover meet Delta at Tills on Sunday.

Other Premier League Results

African Warriors v Delta

Washed Out

Chatsworth Sporting v Chatsworth United

Washed Out

DHS Rhythm v Topham

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Uthungulu 206-9 (Johnny Riekert 35, Jason Redinger 43, Otto Rode 78*)

Southern Natal 145 all out (Daryn Dupavillion 3-18)

Uthungulu won by 60 runs

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