Another victory for Pinetown Cricket Club

2013-09-19 00:00

PINETOWN Cricket Club’s young guns notched up another pre-season win last Sunday, beating a spirited Simplex Reservoir Hills side by 29 runs in a 40-over match played at Pine­town Boys’ High School.

Winning the toss, Pinetown opted for first strike on what was a testing track and were rewarded with a brisk start. Newcomer Grant Romeril soon came to terms with the seamer-friendly strip as he settled in to compile a breezy 64 at the top of the order. This was the backbone of Pinetown’s innings and a total beyond 200 looked a sure bet.

Craig Romeril (21) joined his twin brother in an entertaining partnership, the pair taking advantage of the hard new ball as they laid a platform for what could have been a sizeable score. However, the Reservoir Hills bowlers stuck to their task, taking wickets just as Pinetown began to look threatening, nipping potential partnerships in the bud.

Most of Pinetown’s batsmen got themselves in but were out before really making a mark on the score. Reliable batsmen Bruce Kruger and skipper Tim Spence were dismissed for 16 and 21 respectively, while another newcomer to the team, Nick Tatham, added 18. Tail-ender and opening bowler Kyle Gilham showed his all-round skills with 19 at the end as Pinetown finished on exactly 200, just short of batting their full 40 overs.

Making full use of conditions, Gilham and fellow opening bowler Andrew Dyer wasted no time in stamping Pinetown’s authority on the match as Reservoir Hills started their reply. Within the first nine overs, five batsmen had returned to the pavilion but matters turned in the batting side’s favour when Pinetown’s spinners were introduced.

Still trying to find some early season form, the spinners were on the receiving end of Reservoir Hills’ take-no-prisoners approach as the middle order clawed the side back into the match.

Sticking to their guns, the spinners were rewarded with two scalps to leg-spinner Wesley Singleton and one apiece to left-arm orthodox Barry Dyer and off-spinner Tatham. Grant Romeril added a wicket to his batting feats as Pinetown strangled the opposition for 171 to take the win.

With many positives from this and the previous week’s warm-up match against Railways, Pinetown prepare for their toughest clash this Sunday, meeting UKZN at a venue still to be confirmed. This will be a great indicator of where the team is as both teams meet at Lahee Park on September 29 for their Challenge League opener.

Senior training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4.30 pm, with juniors on Fridays from 4.30 pm.

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