Clares trounce Ilembe

2016-01-13 06:00

CLARES Cricket Club trounced Ilembe by five wickets in a KZN Challenge League (Stream 1) clash at the Asherville dround in Durban on Sunday.

The hosts won the toss and elected to field first. Ilembe got off to a shaky start (scoring two runs per over in the first five overs) before Ahmed Sarwar (6) was caught behind by wicket-keeper Garth Chislett off the bowling of Yogi Naidoo in the 6th over.

Steven Jacobs and debutante Abdullah Muhamed put the early setback behind them, taking the tally from 14/1 to 58/2 in the 22nd over before Jacobs (22) was caught at point by Rammy Singh off the bowling of Salman Yacoob.

Muhamed (19) was dismissed in the next over after being clean bowled by Ryan Reeves. Older brother Ismail Muhamed was sent for an early shower after being trapped LBW to a Reeves delivery for one run.

Aaron Pillay (13) was caught by Chislett off the bowling of Illyas Karodia, leaving the visitors at 78/5 in the 32nd over. Alveiro Nadasen and Preshen Rampersad brought a smile on the faces of the Ilembe lads after taking the score to the magical three-digit mark (104/6) before Rampersad (8) was caught at point off the bowling of Jerome Bossar.

Lionel Jali enjoyed a short sun-tan before being caught at point by Bossar (off the bowling of Adhil Jadwath) for five runs. Alveiro­ scored a painstaking 24 runs before being clean bowled by Naidoo.

Iqbal Sher and Dillon Rautenbach put on a 36-run partnership for the 9th wicket (taking the tally from 125/8 to 161/9). Sher scored a “quick-fire” 31 runs which included two fours and a huge six before being caught at deep mid-wicket by Tyler Tienoworth off the bowling of Karodia.

Rautenbach (10) was dismissed by Karodia in the penultimate delivery of the match. Ilembe posted 161/10 in 49.5 overs. Karodia was the destroyer-in-chief for the hosts claiming 4/26 from 6.5 overs. Naidoo grabbed 2/26 from 10 overs.

Chasing 162 runs for victory (at a rate of 3,24 runs per over) the hosts attacked the game from the first ball (scoring 19 runs in the first two overs) before Singh (14) was caught at square leg by Rampersad off the bowling of Aaron Pillay.

The hosts were unfazed at 23/2 in the third over after Mishkar Ramsaroop and Reeves turned the game on its head. They put on a match-winning 80-run partnership for the third wicket (taking the tally from 23/2 to 103/3).

Reeves fell two runs short of a brilliant half century, scoring 48 runs which included four 4s and two massive 6s.

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