Rovers back to winning ways after Crusaders clash

2014-02-20 00:00

THIS past weekend was massive for Berea Rovers as they hosted neighbours and Premier Cricket League log leaders Crusaders.

With Crusaders having won courtesy of the Duckworth/Lewis method earlier in the season and Rovers coming of two successive league defeats in recent weeks, it was vital for the latter to get back to winning ways.

This time they got it right, looking polished and determined in a four-wicket win, chasing a respectable 255 for victory.

Batting first, Crusaders reached 254-9, with handy contributions from Riaan Minnie (75), Jarryd van Heerden (33), Nathan Poole (36) and East Springer (30).

Rovers’ bowlers worked hard for their reward, picking up wickets at critical moments, just when the Crusaders batsmen looked set to take the game away from them.

In reply, Rovers knuckled down and focused on the job at hand. A third successive loss would have seen them well out the title race and, with only two matches remaining in the season, there was nothing but a win on the cards.

Sahil Ramdin set the tone with his 72, joined by Kyle Buckthorpe (55), Ryan Vaughan (41*) and Darryn Hatch (37), in a vastly improved batting display as to what had been seen in recent weeks.

With contributions down the order, Rovers reached 255-6 to secure a bunch of vital points.

The loss saw Crusaders slip to second in the standings as DHS Rhythm took the lead. Rhythm were involved in a thriller with Topham, winning by five runs as Topham narrowly missed chasing 223 to win.

This win took Rhythm to 56 points from 16 games, one ahead of Crusaders and four ahead of Rovers. Delta is back in fourth on 42 points with Topham closing out the top five on 35 points.

Rovers’ remaining matches are against Chatsworth United at Rovers and Rhythm at DHSOB. This final fixture could determine the Premier League champions, depending on what goes down in the penultimate round of fixtures.

Premier League Results

African Warriors 101 (Proctor 5-27)

Delta 102-3 (Maharaj 31; Nhlebela 3-22)

Delta won by seven wickets

Crusaders 254-9 (Minnie 75, Van Heerden 33, Springer 30, Poole 36)

Berea Rovers 255-6 (Hatch 37, Ramdin 72, Buckthorpe 55, Ryan Vaughan 41*)

Berea Rovers won by four wickets

Chatsworth Sporting 158-8 (Pillay 31; Kassim 3-93)

Chatsworth United 161-5 (Govender 46, Lazarus 36*; Khurshad 3-20)

Chatsworth United won by five wickets

DHS Rhythm 222-7 (Trenoweth 70, Grant Hodnett 78; Rampersad 3-50)

Topham 217-8 (Airey 94, Roderick 37)

DHS Rhythm won by five runs.

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