No festive cheer for Dawnheights Cricket Club

2015-12-16 06:00
 Photo: supplied Sagar Arora scored 62 runs which included six fours and a huge six.

Photo: supplied Sagar Arora scored 62 runs which included six fours and a huge six.

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THERE was no festive cheer for Dawnheights Cricket Club, who went down by 2-wickets to East Coast in a KwaZulu-Natal Challenge League (Stream Two) game played at their own backyard (Gledhow Ground) on Sunday.

With the umpires appointed by KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union failing to arrive at the Gledhow Ground, both captains decided to go ahead with the game and provided their own players as umpires.

The match was reduced to 45-overs due to a water-logged pitch. Dawnheights captain, Adhir Maharaj won the toss and decided to make first use of the damp batting strip. The decision backfired with Charl Groenewald (duck) and Matthew Dean (1) dismissed cheaply by Eugene Moodley.

The Indian-duo of Sagar Arora and Arun Kumar steadied the Dawnheights innings, putting on a splendid 70-runs partnership for the 3rd wicket after the early setback. Kumar scored 25 runs before being clean bowled by Kumaren Govender.

Arora scored a brilliant half-century (62 runs which included six fours and a huge six) before falling prey to a Govender delivery in the 21st over. Kumaren Govender claimed his 3rd wicket after dismissing Owen Govender for 4 runs.

Dawnheights woes continued after Keane Govender (1) was clean bowled by Kumaren Govender, leaving the home team in dire straits at 107/6 in the 32nd over. Francois Mostert (7) was clean bowled by S. Shreenath.

Adhir Maharaj (9) fell prey to a tricky Govender delivery offering him (Govender) a simple return catch. Shreenath claimed his 2nd victim after dismissing Arhad Singh for 5 runs.

Suveer Maharaj (17) and Mikhalin Naicker (4 not out) added 21-runs for the 10th wicket partnership before Dawnheights were bowled out for 145 runs in the 41st over.

Spin wizard Govender was the destroyer-in-chief for East Coast claiming 5/18 from 9 overs. Shreenath grabbed 3/27 from 7 overs.

In reply East Coast (146/8 in the 44th over) capitalised on the 32-runs in extras (wides and no balls) conceded by their rivals to snatch a nail-biting 2-wickets victory and send Dawnheights crashing from the summit of KZN Challenge League log table.

K. Naidoo (27), Shreenath (18), Moodley (15) and S. Dayanand (13) posted double-digits for East Coast. Mostert (4/20 from 9 overs) and Dean (2/7 from 3 overs) made amends for their disappointing performance with the bat.

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