Rovers win puts them top of the league log

2013-10-10 00:00

BEREA Rovers’ first cricket side travelled to Chatsworth Oval at the weekend, returning home with a hard-fought six-wicket win.

Under grey skies, Rovers skipper Byron Whatmore won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. Making full use of the conditions, the Rovers’ bowlers took the game by the scruff of the neck, having Chatsworth Sporting all out for 155.

Whatmore set the standard with 4-47, with two wickets apiece for right-arm seamer Grayson McMullen and right-arm off-spinner Kyle Buckthorp. The latter proved miserly, going for only 1,4 runs per over, while right-arm medium pacer Anthony Abiet conceded only four runs in his five overs.

Rovers opener Cody Gertze departed early. As he had done the previous week with a half century in the opening round of league fixtures, it was Dolphins batsman Cameron Delport (70) who guided them home while spending valuable time at the crease.

Added to his bowling of 1-34 in 10 overs, Delport was the star of the show and the club was encouraged to see a provincial player giving such a high work ethic to his club.

Shilo Ramdin, making his debut for Rovers, look polished in making a valuable 43. With former captain Ryan Vaughan (4) he saw Rovers across the line, a result that was never in doubt.

An important bonus point was added to Rovers’ haul as the runs were chased down in only 33.3 overs.

Two wins from two matches with a bonus point from each sees Rovers at the top of the Premier League log. It’s early days though and a long, tricky season lies ahead.

This weekend, the first team travel to Port Shepstone to take on Premier League newcomers Southern Natal. Rovers players know all too well the danger of taking an unknown side lightly, and will need to stick to the basics and their discipline to return with a third successive win.

SCORES IN BRIEF

KZN Coastal Premier League

African Warriors 230 for four (Daniel Sincuba 101, Smangaliso Nhlebela 98). Southern Natal 216 all out (Morne Bishop 36, Junaid Khan 47, Lionel Jali 59, Thabiso Ndlovu 5.5-0-22-4). African Warriors won by 14 runs.

Chatsworth Sporting 155 all out (Jeyato Bezuidenhoudt 46, Byron Whatmore 9.5-1-47-4). Berea Rovers 158 for four (Cameron Delport 70, Sahil Ramdin 43). Berea Rovers won by 6 wickets.

Delta 185 for nine (Grové Venter 53, Kushen Kishun 35, Jonathan Fowler 30). Chatsworth United 165 all out (Chester Comins 36, Jonathan Fowler 8-1-27-3). Delta won by 20 runs.

Crusaders 278 for three (Jarryd van Heerden 98, Reuben Hatting 101). DHS Rhythm 194 for nine (Tyler Trenoweth 62, East Springer 9-0-29-3). Crusaders won by 34 runs.

Uthungulu 194 all out (Jason Redinger 37, Eugene Zwart 38, Otto Rode 77, Brandon Scullard 10-1-43-3). Topham 137 for three (Nabeel Bhayla 43). Topham won on superior run rate.

KZN Women’s League

Morning: Simplex RHCSC 167 all out (Nadine Moodley 104). Chatsworth United 70 all out. Simplex RHCSC won by 82 runs.

Hillary Malvern 156 for six (Nanette Depeche 57). Chatsworth Sporting 65 all out (Tamalyn Wessels 4-1-8-4, Cherize van den Berg 3-0-17-3). Hillary Malvern won by 91 runs.

INK 25 all out (Pinkey Mxhawulo 1.4-1-1-3). African Warriors 26/0). Warriors won by 10 wickets.

Phoenix 59 all out. Maritzburg CA XI 61 for one. MCA XI won by 9 wickets.

Afternoon: MCA XI 137 all out (Langelihle Nhlebela 6-0-25-3). INK 56 all out. MCA XI won by 81 runs.

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