Thumping win for Verulam

2015-11-26 06:00
Linoshen Moodley hammers the ball towards the boundary. Photo: darshan rangai

Linoshen Moodley hammers the ball towards the boundary. Photo: darshan rangai

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VERULAM 2 returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 8 wicket victory with 13 overs remaining over East Coast Cricket Club at the Stonebridge ground in the 40 over Challenge Reserve League at the weekend.

The win is the fourth for Verulam 2, which after the three match winning streak to start the season, endured a wash out and two shock defeats in their quest for the league title.

Verulam took to the field with three notable changes in the squad, namely the return of the captain Rushay Premlal and club stalwarts Seelan Julie and Visegan Subrayen adding some experience to the bowling and batting department.

Manager of the team Santosh Premlal said the players were optimistic about bowling first with Julie making a comeback after several years.

“It’s good to have an experienced player around the younger guys to advise them and help them stick to the game plan,” said Santosh Premlal.

The Phoenix side struggled through their innings as Verulam kept their lines tight and took wickets at regular intervals to eventually bowl East Coast out for 153 in 36 overs.

The pick of the bowlers were Dhiren Balwanth 2/28, Rowen Sheomungal 2/32, Sugen Naidoo 2/34 and Seelan Julie 1/20.

“The pitch wasn’t any better than the previous games this season and the rain last weekend didn’t change conditions,” said Santosh Premlal.

“In the first innings we saw a lot of sharp turn and deviation off the seam.”

Despite tough conditions, Verulam made light work of the total, overhauling it in 26 overs.

Rushay Premlal and Dhiren Balwanth opened the reply from Verulam and put on a 28 run partnership until Balwanth fell on 15.

Subrayen walked in at 3 and with the captain, they racked up a 101 run partnership before Subrayen was given out on 29.

“The partnership broke the back of the run chase and it was simply about keeping a cool head at the end,” said Santosh Premal.

Linoshen Moodley came in at 4 and kept his captain company, finishing the innings and claiming victory with a boundary off his bat.

Moodley remained unbeaten on 15 with Rushay Premlal, who was going better than a run a ball with 80 off 65

Rushay Premlal congratulated the side for their comprehensive victory and said he hoped this would be the turnaround game to inspire the rest of their season.

“We have been through a bit of a bad patch recently after starting with three wins. It’s been good so see us back on winning form and beating a good team,” said Rushay Premlal.

“The win showed a lot of team spirit and hopefully we will take this form forward.”

Verulam 2 takes on Umlazi 2 at the Sidmore Grounds in Phoenix on Sunday.

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