Ilembe Cricket suffer maiden league defeat

2015-12-02 06:00

ILEMBE Cricket Union suffered their first defeat of the 2015/2016 season after going down by 5-wickets to Amanzimtoti Cricket Club in a KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union Challenge League (Stream One) game played at the Gledhow Ground on Sunday.

The decision by the visitors to bowl first after winning the toss paid early dividends after Ilembe’s opener, Steven Jacobs was clean bowled by Robert Warrior for a duck in the second over.

Ahmed Sarwar promoted as opener for the first time this season thought it was a Twenty-20 knockout game smashing three fours and a six before being caught at long on by Devon Kauphermann off the bowling of Jarryd Michaux for 26 runs in the 14th over.

Alveiro Nadasen was caught behind by wicket-keeper Robin Smith off the bowling of Justin Jones for 8 runs. The hosts lost their 4th wicket (44/4) after Lionel Jali (4) was caught at mid-on by Warrior off the bowling of Michaux.

Yusuf Ismail and Bilal Ismail put on a valuable 20-runs partnership for the fifth wicket before Bilal (9) was caught at mid off by James Taylor off the bowling of Jones in the 21st over.

Yusuf Ismail and Dillon Rautenbach took the tally from 64/5 to 77/6 before Ismail (15) was adjudged LBW to a Kauphermann delivery.

Two runs later Rautenbach (11) was clean bowled by Michaux. Iqbal Sher and Sashen Sadayan added 14-runs to the tally (taking the score from 79/7 to 93/8) before Sher (10) was dismissed by Kauphermann.

Opener Lucky Gebane, who was dropped to number 10 failed yet again with the bat after being dismissed by Johannes de Wet for one run. De Wet brought the Ilembe innings to a halt (106/10) in the 36th over after clean bowling Sadayan (9).

Michaux was the pick of the Amanzimtoti bowlers claiming 3/29 from 10 overs. Jones (2/16 from 5 overs), Kauphermann (2/20 from 7 overs) and De Wet (2/21 from 9.4 overs) grabbed two wickets each.

Chasing 107 runs for victory, Desigan Reddy was promoted up the order to open the batting for the visitors. He smashed three fours before being caught in the covers by Nadasen off the bowling of Sadayan in the fourth over.

Smith and Kauphermann took the tally from 14/1 to 41/2 before Smith (11) was dismissed by Aaron Pillay in the ninth over. Kauphermann and Quinton Grobelaar put on a match-winning 49-runs partnership for the 3rd wicket (taking the tally from 41/2 to 90/3) before Grobelaar offered a simple return catch to bowler Nadasen.

Nadasen struck again in the 18th and 20th over respectively, dismissing Michaux (1) and Kauphermann (33), but it was a typical case of “too little, too late” with the visitors cantering to an emphatic 5-wickets victory to inflict a maiden defeat upon Ilembe in their own backyard.

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