Clubs back in business

2014-10-16 00:00

UNLIKE the first round, the weather played its part this past weekend, allowing a full round of club cricket fixtures to be played in and around Durban.

With most the the clubs sharing the points after rain curtailed the season’s opening clashes, it was time for business and to lay the foundation for the months ahead.

Some clubs were involved in matches on Saturday and Sunday as they focused on the points to give them respect in the Premier Division.

Crusaders v Chatsworth United

Played at Crusaders on a windy, overcast day, the hosts lost the toss and were asked to take first strike. With the match reduced to 46 overs a side, it was key to maintain a healthy scoring rate and Crusaders got stuck in, romping to 295-9 after their alotted overs.

Ruben Hattingh (60), Mike Alexander (67), Sean Dixon and Rob Clift (34) were the major contributors and the visitors knew they had a tough task ahead.

Best with the ball was Mridul Maharaj with a superb 5-55 from seven overs.

United started briskly, an opening partnership of 33 setting the tone, but from there on in, the innings stuttered. Opener Aatish Maharaj (35) was the only batsman to reach double figures as his side slumped to 79 all out in 25 overs, battling against the crafty Crusaders spin attack.

Kyle Simmonds was the most successful bowler, grabbing 4-28 in nine overs.

Crusaders 295 (Hattingh 60, Alexander 67, Dixon 59, Clift 34; Maharaj 5-55)

Chatsworth United 79 (A Maharaj 35; Simmonds 4-28)

Crusaders won by 216 runs.

Topham v Chatsworth Sporting

Played at Chatsworth Oval, this was a low-scoring affair with Top­ham getting home on a superior run rate.

Batting first, Sporting posted 127 all out from 47 overs, Kuben Gounder batting at number 11 the top scorer with 27.

Youngster Craig Kirsten (3-14) and Dolphins bowler Calvin Savage (3-18) delivered good pace and control on a wicket difficult to score on.

Topham ended on 103-8 after 35 overs, Johannes Smit (46) leading the way.

Vyash Gobind (4-10) fought a brave battle with the ball, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Top­ham taking the points.

Chatsworth Sporting 127 (Gounder 27; Kirsten 3-14, Savage 3-18)

Topham 103-8 (Smit 46*, Gobind 4-10)

Topham won on a better run rate.

African Warriors v DHS Rhythm

Played at Kingsmead Oval, Warriors produced the goods with a 13-run victory.

Batting first, they mustered a tricky 163 all out in 43 overs, Tendai Mushoriwa (34) the best with the willow.

Kyle Moolman took 3-15 as most of the Rhythm bowlers got among the wickets.

Rhythm were skittled for 150 in 37 overs, Winston Naidu (34) and Keeran Reddy (25) getting starts but unable to deliver the winning stroke. Ntokozo Molefe (3-33) and Mushoriwa (3-42) struck regularly to ensure the Warriors win.

African Warriors 163 (Mushoriwa 34; Moolman 3-15)

DHS Rhythm 150 (Naidu 34; Molefe 3-33, Mushoriwa 3-42)

Warriors won by 13 runs.

Crusaders v Delta

In their second home match of the weekend, Crusaders won the toss and fielded, bowling out the visitors for 112, with only Husain Badat (40) and Ilyas Karodia (32) getting among the runs. Nick Hewer caused havoc in taking 5-25 in 10 overs, supported by Simmonds with 3-14 in his nine overs.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Crusaders who lost five wickets before passing the target.

Hattingh (44) finished a good weekend’s work and Ravi Reddy (2-35) was the only Delta bowler to get more than one wicket.

Delta 112 (Badat 40, Karodia 32; Hewer 5-25, Simmonds 3-14)

Crusaders 113-5 (Hattingh 44; Reddy 2-35)

Crusaders won by 5 wickets.

Berea Rovers v Topham

Playing at Luther Field in Kloof, Rovers proved too strong for Top­ham in a 118-run win.

Batting first, Rovers reached 198 all out with a ball to spare in their 50 overs, Scott Hiron (43), Dylan Buckthorpe (36) and Craig Currin (33) looking useful at the crease. George Bronkhorst (3-32) and Savage (2-27) fared best with the ball for Top­ham.

In reply, Topham were sent on their way for 80 in 24.5 overs, Singitha Gcilitshana (27) the only batsman to offer any resistance.

Dylan Buckthorpe took 3-25, while Hiron, Byron Langley and Byron Whatmore took two wickets apiece.

Rovers 198 (Hiron 43, Dylan Buckthorpe 36; Bronkhorst 3-32)

Topham 80 (Gcilitshana 27; D Buckthorpe 3-25)

Rovers won by 118 runs.

Chatsworth United v Pinetown

Pinetown secured a good two-wicket win, having gained promotion to the Premier League this season.

Playing at Chatsworth Oval, the hosts were all out for 103 in 27 overs, Thirushen Naidoo (32*) the only batsman to get a start.

Hero with the ball for Pinetown was new kid on the block Phil Wilson, the gangly left-arm seamer putting his back into the task at hand and rewarded with 6-30 in his 10 overs.

Pinetown were in trouble at 33-4 and it was left to Andrew Dyer, batting down the order, to guide Pinetown across the line with a mature 26* as they reached 104-8 in 42.1 overs.

Wickets were spread among the United bowlers.

Chatsworth United 103 (Naidoo 32*; Wilson 6-30)

Pinetown 104-8 (Dyer 26*)

Pinetown won by 2 wickets.

DHS Rhythm v Chatsworth Sporting

Sporting cruised to a 99-run win at DHSOB. Batting first, Sporting posted 207 all out on 49 overs, Chad Bowes looking composed in making 81. Moolman again bowled well to snaffle 4-38.

Rhythm managed 108 all out in 35.2 overs, openers Tariq Booley (27) and Tyler Trenewith (24) started with 46 for the first wicket, but that was the only substance in a jittery batting display.

Dolphins spinner Thandi Tshabalala finished with 4-28 and Sumir Singh 3-14.

Chatsworth Sporting 207 (Bowes 81; Moolman 4-38, Khan 3-28)

DHS Rhythm 107 (Booley 27, Trenoweth 24; Tshabalala 4-28, Singh 3-14)

Sporting won by 99 runs

African Warriors v Uthungulu

Uthungulu secured a narrow one-wicket win at Kingsmead Oval, making 148 batting first. Daniel Sincuba made 45 but wickets fell regularly to prevent any decent partnerships. Wickets were shared among the Uthungulu bowlers, Dolphins quick Daryn Dupavillon getting 2-31.

Uthungulu reached 149-9 with Simon Savides (26) top scoring with the extras column. Mushoriwa used the conditions well to get 5-35

African Warriors 148 (Sincuba 45)

Uthungulu 149-9 (Savides 26; Mushoriwa 5-35.

Uthungulu won by 1 wicket.


October 18:

Uthungulu v Delta, Addison Park

October 19:

DHS Rhythm v Crusaders, DHSOB

Delta v Berea Rovers, Tills

African Warriors v Chatsworth United, Kingsmead Oval

Topham v Uthungulu, Chatsworth Oval

Chatsworth Sporting v Pinetown, Lahee Park.

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