Pinetown keep Challenge League title hopes alive

2014-02-06 00:00

PINETOWN Cricket Club notched up a 129-run win against Hillary Malvern in their Challenge League Stream 1 match on Sunday, while log leaders UKZN ran riot against Umzinto.

Playing at Peace Park, Queensburgh,

Pinetown batted first under threatening skies that saw players leave the field twice for rain.

This did no favours to the batsmen as the top three got themselves out just as they were getting into their stride.

Bruce Kruger decided to take the attack to the bowlers shortly before the second break, smashing four boundaries and a six in his 43.

Once the weather had moved on, Kruger and Nick Tatham combined to keep the runs flowing, Kruger unlucky to be beaten by a ball that kept low and virtually crawled under his bat.

Wicket-keeper batsman Craig Romeril contributed an aggressive 41 before he too was undone by a low one, allowing Grant Olivier to add the final fireworks to the innings with and unbeaten 55.

Andrew Dyer delivered some lusty blows at the end in his 17, allowing Pinetown to reach a respectable 244-8 in their 50 overs.

Pinetown started badly in the field, dropping three chances, one forcing Kruger off the field when Romeril palmed a thick edge into his face at first slip, splitting Kruger’s eye and nose.

Good lengths from Dyer saw him get among the wickets with 3-15, while first change bowler Grant Romeril bagged 2-35. This was enough pressure to force the Hillary Malvern batsmen to chase the game, thereby losing wickets.

Left-arm orthodox spinner Barry Dyer did a great job in getting 3-25 in his 10 consecutive overs, with fellow spinner Tatham chipping in with 2-15.

It was all over as a contest before 40 overs, Hillary Malvern falling away for 115, giving Pinetown the bonus point win.

Pinetown’s 2nds had a four-wicket victory against Phoenix, while the 3rds and junior teams unfortunately had their matches rained out.

Junior practice continues at Lahee Park on Fridays, at 4.30 pm.

UKZN were merciless in a 304-run demolition of Umzinto, smashing an incredible 444-7 in their 50 overs.

Richard Wissing bashed 134, Gareth Wissing 84, Matthew Boote 81 and Sashlin Reddy 81 in a brutal batting display.

Always outclassed, Umzinto limped to 140 all out, Ameen Ismail’s 80 the lone beacon of hope.

Log positions see UKZN at the top on 53 points from 13 matches, with Pinetown on 49, also from 14 matches.

With five rounds still to play, both sides cannot afford any slip-ups in their quest for league honours and subsequent promotion into the Premier League.

Challenge League Stream 1 Results

Quins 101 (Kimber 3-29, Paul 3-11, Chetty 3-7)

Simplex RHCSC 102 -8 (Kettle 3-40, Liebenberg 3-18)

Simplex RHCSC won by 2 wickets

Railways 155-5 (Govender 73*; Michaux 3-25)

ACC 158-9 (Fry 84, Strydom 30*)

ACC won by 1 wkt

Pinetown 244-8 (Kruger 43, Craig Romeril 41, Olivier 55*; Oosthuizen 3-49)

Hillary Malvern 115 (Raath 30; A Dyer 3-25, B Dyer 3-25)

Pinetown won by 129 runs

Verulam 163-7 (Nabee 37, Razak 37; Ismail 4-32)

Dawnheights 117-9 (Pather 5-11)

Verulam won by 46 runs

UKZN 444-7 (R Wissing 136, G Wissing 84, Boote 81, Reddy 81; Khan 4-78)

Umzinto 140 (Ismail 80; Cele 5-16, Gordon 3-17)

UKZN won by 304 runs.

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