Ilembe scrape to victory

2015-11-11 06:01
Photo: supplied Ilembe Cricket Union scraped to a narrow 22-run victory against Harlequins in a KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union Challenge League (Stream One) game at the Gledhow ground on Sunday.

Photo: supplied Ilembe Cricket Union scraped to a narrow 22-run victory against Harlequins in a KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union Challenge League (Stream One) game at the Gledhow ground on Sunday.

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ILEMBE Cricket Union scraped to a narrow 22-run victory against Harlequins in a KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union Challenge League (Stream One) game at the Gledhow ground on Sunday.

Ilembe won the toss and without hesitation elected to bat first on the Gledhow strip which is noted to produce irregular bounce and at times playing absolutely low which has led to the demise of top batsmen.

The Ilembe outfit were red-faced and had to call upon the services of Radeshwar Singh and Desigan Pillay after only nine players showed up at the Gledhow Ground. The visitors made an early breakthrough after Lucky Gebane was adjudged LBW to a Wayne Ritmuller delivery for a duck in the sixth over.

Harlequins opening bowlers conceded more than 12 extras (through wides and no balls) in the first five overs before Kevin Kettle clean bowled Jacobs (17) in the 13th over. Ismail Mahomed, who impressed in the shorter version of the game (T20) was sent for an early shower was after being adjudged LBW to a Dieter Liebenberg delivery without getting off the mark.

Saidi Mhlongo made a solitary run before being caught at point by Jason Botha off the bowling of Jordan Ray. The home team were in dire straits at 53/5 after Alveiro Nadasen (22) was caught behind by wicket-keeper Trevian Peter in the 22nd over.

Pillay, hoping to keep the score-board ticking was run out by Kettle for 8 runs. Rocky Ngobhozi, who battled with the bat throughout the 2015/2016 seasonwas clean bowled by Ray for 3 runs before Singh was run out by Willem Fourie for 3 runs leaving the home team stuttering on 87/8 in the 30th over.

Dillon Rautenbach (11) became Liebenberg’s third victim before Sashen Sadayan (9) was clean bowled by Fourie in the 36th over.

Ilembe managed to reach the 3-digit mark (100/10) thanks to the 25 extras conceded by their opponents. Liebenberg was the pick of the Harlequins bowlers claiming 3/15 from 10 overs. Ray grabbed 2/39 from 10 overs.

Chasing 101 runs for victory, Ryan Barronet and Huey Naicker put on opening partnership of 23 runs before Barronet was run out by Mahomed for 2 runs in the seventh over. Botha was clean bowled by Rautenbach for 3 runs in the ninth over.

Naicker and Peter put on a 20-runs stand for the third wicket (taking the tally from 26/2 to 46/3) before Peter (9) was caught on the covers by Aaron Pillay off the bowling of Desigan Pillay.

Needing 55 runs for victory from 34 overs, the odds favoured the visitors. But, controversy reared its ugly head in the 17th over after Naicker (16) was adjudged LBW to an Aaron Pillay delivery. Naicker looked to have nicked the ball with his bat (inside edge) before the ball hit his pads, but the Ilembe lads fooled the umpire with their vociferous appeal and a disappointed Naicker had to walk.

The loss of Naicker was catastrophic with the visitors losing their remaining six wickets for 20-runs which resulted in them being bundled out for 78 runs in the 24th over. Rautenbach was the destroyer-in-chief for Ilembe claiming 4/19 from 9 overs and Desigan Pillay grabbed 2/5 from 4 overs.

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