Dawnheights keep league title aspirations alive

2016-02-03 06:00
 Photo: supplied Dawnheights Cricket Club cemented their position at the top of the log standing with a thrilling 23-run victory against Tongaat on Sunday.

Photo: supplied Dawnheights Cricket Club cemented their position at the top of the log standing with a thrilling 23-run victory against Tongaat on Sunday.

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DAWNHEIGHTS Cricket Club kept their league title aspirations alive with a thrilling 23-run victory against Tongaat in a KZN Challenge League (Stream Two) game played at the country club ground on Sunday.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Sagar Arora and Saurav Singh put on a splendid opening stand of 63 runs before Saurav (25) was clean bowled by Anuj Janmeda in the 12th over.

Janmeda claimed his second victim after Keane Govender was adjudged LBW for a solitary run. Adesh Bageloo joined Arora at the crease and this pair took the tally to 94/3 before Arora was caught behind by wicket-keeper Dharmesh Sooklal off the bowling of Anuj for a sparkling 39 runs which included six 4s.

Arun Kumar and Bageloo took the tally from 94/3 to 140/4 before Kumar (26) was clean bowled by Theoshan Naidoo­. Bageloo notched up 25 runs which included three boundaries before falling prey to a Danny Nohari delivery.

Shrivar Maharaj was run out for 7 runs before Adhir Maharaj (14) was clean bowled by Janmeda. Dawnheights were bowled out in the 44th over for 187 runs.

The India-born Janmeda was the pick of the Tongaat bowlers claiming 4/30 from 10 overs. Logan Govender, who wrapped up the Dawnheights tail finished with figures of 3/31 from 9 overs.

Chasing 188 runs for victory from 50-overs (at a rate of 3,76 runs per over) Theoshan Naidoo and Ashlyn Naidoo gave the visitors a perfect start after putting on a superb 73-runs partnership in the first 18 overs before an early drinks break was declared.

Dawnheights skipper, Adhir Maharaj did not mince his words during the break and reprimanded his “young lions­” to either shape up or ship out. The guys duly obliged with A. Naidoo being clean bowled by Kumar for 33 runs in the 19th over.

Adhir Maharaj dismissed T. Naidoo (34) in the next over to leave the visitors on 73/2. Janmeda and Shaun Pillay put on a 41-runs partnership for the 3rd wicket before Pillay was caught on the boundary by Saurav Singh off the bowling of Keane Govender.

Janmeda was clean bowled by fellow Indian compatriot Arora for 21 runs leaving Tongaat in deep trouble at 120/4. With wickets falling at regular intervals thanks to a brilliant bowling spell by Govender, the visitors were clutching on straws at 159/9.

Adhir Maharaj claimed the final wicket of L. Govender (17) to dismiss Tongaat for 164 runs and guide log leaders, Dawnheights to a thrilling 23-runs victory. Govender was the toast of the Dawnheights bowlers claiming 4/26 from 10 overs. Adhir Maharaj grabbed 3/27 from 10 overs.

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