Rovers waste no time in chasing total

2014-01-23 00:00

GRAYSON McMullen did the job for Berea Rovers on Sunday in the Premier League, finishing with career best figures of 7-22 in 9.1 overs as African Warriors were sent packing by 10 wickets.

The fast medium bowler stepped up to the plate in sublime fashion, taking the game by the scruff of the neck and never letting go.

It was a worthy reward for a youngster who has worked hard at his game and been a faithful servant of cricket at the club.

After his duties for Rovers this season he is off to Devon to play for Plymstock Cricket Club, who must be relishing the arrival of their new signing after his weekend antics.

Playing at Rovers, the home skipper Byron Whatmore won the toss once again and asked Warriors to pad up. It was clearly the right choice as Whatmore struck first when Ant Lindeque snaffled a diving catch at backward point early on.

Then McMullen took the ball and it was a procession of Warriors batsmen to and from the pavilion. Swing bowler Anthony Abiet joined the party, bagging two wickets for a few runs as Warriors crumbled for 54 in the 19th over.

Wasting no time in chasing down the total and ensuring a bonus point win, the Rovers openers did the business in just seven overs, Craig Currin (37*) and Ant Lindeque (14*) capping off a polished day’s work, which had the Rovers coaches smiling.

McMullen was the obvious choice for man of the match and if there was any concern from the Rovers coaches, it was the batsmen not spending much time in the middle.

Nonetheless, there is no cause for concern and Rovers hope to maintain their high standards and winning momentum this weekend when they meet Southern Natal, at Rovers.

Although Rovers enjoyed a full house of points, their neighbours from across the Umgeni River — Crusaders — also won their fixture against Chatsworth United, to remain at the top of the Premier League standings.

Crusaders have 46 points from 12 games, to Rovers’ 43 from the same number of matches. DHS Rhythm are a little off the pace with 37 points, with Delta (32 points) and Chatsworth United (27 points) completing the top five.

• Rovers’ 2nds, the Hatch XI, took on African Warriors 2 on Sunday in the Premier Reserve, at Collegians, winning by a massive 287 runs.

Batting first, Rovers smashed 335-8 in their 50 overs, Darryn Hatch leading the charge with 90, ably supported by Sean Graham (60) and Matty Needham (39).

Having toiled in the sun, the Warriors batsmen were shown no mercy as they were rolled over for 48 in the 22nd over, Bevan Langley (3-9) and Graham (3-8) the chief destroyers.

Graham was the man of the match for his all-round performance.

• In another convincing Rovers performance, Segal’s XI — another Rovers’ 2nd side in the Premier Reserve — met DHSOB at Rovers 2, cruising over the line by 10 wickets.

Skipper Byron Segal asked DHSOB to bat and had them back in the hut for 88, strike bowler Byron Langley, making a comeback from injury, looking near to his old self with ball in hand.

Knocking off the required runs, Cody Gertze (42*) enjoyed some much-needed runs from his bat and at the other end, Andrew Paterson chipped in with 36*.

Premier League Results


Southern Natal 93 (Rode 3-17, Kietzmann 4-25)

Uthungulu 96-5 (Basson 34; Lombard 3-20)

Uthungulu won by 5 wickets


African Warriors 54 (McMullen 7-22)

Berea Rovers 56-0 (Currin 34*)

Berea Rovers won by 10 wickets

Chatsworth Sporting 135 (Gounder 30, Bux 44; Arshad 3-31, Fowler 3-29)

Delta 137-6 (Kishun 36*; Gobind 4-18)

Delta won by 4 wickets

Crusaders 160-5 (Alexander 57, Poole 53*)

Chatsworth United 122-8 (Compton 53; Simmonds 3-23)

Crusaders won by 38 runs

Uthungulu 120 (Mangaru 4-27, Botha 3-21)

DHS Rhythm 122-4 (Hodnett 44*)

DHS Rhythm won by 6 wickets

Topham 191-8 (Bhayla 44, Schlemmer 43*, Bronkhorst 30; Kazi 3-20)

Southern Natal 65 (Bronkhorst 4-18, Rampersad 3-20)

Topham won by 126 runs.

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