Weekend of ups and downs for Berea Rovers before break

2013-12-05 00:00

A SOLID Saturday was followed by a sad Sunday for Berea Rovers’ 1st cricket side as the lads played a double-header of matches.

With the Proteas and India playing the second ODI at Kingsmead this Sunday, matches were played last Saturday and Sunday and first on Rovers’ agenda was a trip up north to face Uthungulu at Addison Park.

Batting first after winning the toss, Uthungulu were all out in the 50th over for 203, although the Rovers fielders felt they could have restricted them to around 175.

With the pitch offering plenty for the spinners, Rovers unleashed Kyle Buckthorpe and Ryan Vaughan to keep the batsmen quiet.

Buckthorpe finished with 2-35 in 10 overs and the class act was Dolphins all-rounder Robbie Frylinck, who finished with 4-21 in his 10-over quota.

After bowling his usual seam for four overs, he switched to off-spin and was handsomely rewarded, all his wickets coming from his spinners.

For the hosts, Stephan Joubert contributed 60 and Johnny Riekert, 35.

The Rovers batsmen were then greeted by a hostile spell of quick bowling courtesy of up and coming youngster Daryn Dupavillion, who ended the day with 4-29 from 10 overs.

Rovers’ number three batsman Byron Segal had the unenviable task of trying to keep the speedster at bay for most of his first spell of six overs, and despite Rovers losing wickets, they managed to keep on par with the required run rate.

Neville Talbot and Vaughan scored 35 apiece to keep the ship on course, but as the match went on, it became clear the weather was the opponent to beat.

It became evident that run rate would determine the winner and Kyle Buckthorpe was Rovers’ saving grace.

With his side looking dead and buried, he smashed a vital and unbeaten 41, dispatching Dupavillion for six between square leg and fine leg. He was at the crease with brother Dylan when the the game was stopped after 45 overs and Rovers on 184-9.

It was a good enough run rate and Rovers took the win, making up for earlier in the season where run rate shot them down against rivals Crusaders.

Still, it was points in the bag and it set the stage for Sunday’s clash at Rovers against DHS Rhythm.

This was a match Rovers would like to confine to undiscovered history. Overnight rain saw players helping to prepare the field to allow play, but this time it was the officials who seemed keen to disallow play.

It appeared there was a distinct lack of urgency and enthusiasm to get things going and eventually, at 12.45 pm, with no rain at all until then, the game started, as a 27 overs a side affair.

DHS were sent in after Byron Whatmore added another correct call to his tally. After a solid opening spell from Dylan Buckthorpe and Whatmore, the bowlers lost direction, allowing DHS to score 38 runs in their final two overs.

Grayson McMullen enjoyed his time with the ball, getting his first five-wicket haul for the club as he etched figures of 5-46 in six overs next to his name.

A target of 170 was set, thanks to Grant Hodnett (62) and Matthew Reddinger (34), but the Rovers batsmen then decided to deliver their worst performance of the season.

Bowled out for a meagre 67, it was a performance to forget, with no resistance offered. Whatmore’s 18 was the best effort and Kyle Hodnett took 5-6 in four overs.

The results see Rovers a point behind Crusaders on the Premier League table (33-34) although Crusaders have a game in hand.

This was the last round of matches for 2013 as teams enjoy a mid-season break, returning on January 12 for round two.

It was not the ideal way for Rovers to end their first round, but they are determined to return stronger, better and more determined in 2014.



Uthungulu 203 (S Joubert 60, J Riekert 35; R Frylinck 4-21)

Berea Rovers 184-9 (N Talbot 35, R Vaughan 35, K Buckthorpe 41*; D Dupavillion 4-29)

Berea Rovers won on better run rate.

Delta v Southern Natal

Southern Natal gave walkover.


African Warriors v Uthungulu

Washed Out.

DHS Rhythm 169-8 (G Hodnett 62, M Reddinger 34; G McMullen 5-46)

Berea Rovers 67 (K Hodnett 5-6)

DHS Rhythm won by 102 runs.

Chatsworth Sporting 228 (J Vandiar 69, Deepak Anand 78; J Van Heerden 3-27, R Clift 4-9)

Crusaders 100 (V Gobind 3-43)

Chatsworth Sporting won by 128 runs.

Chatsworth United 193-9 (K Maharaj 72, M Kassim 35*)

Southern Natal 95 (S Pillay 3-17, R Ramnarain 4-9)

Chatsworth United won by 98 runs.

Delta 163-9 (G Venter 34, D Smit 55)

Topham 121 (B Scullard 36; M Ramsaroop 4-18, J Fowler 3-26)

Delta won by 42 runs.

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