Pinetown top the standings after weekend win

2013-12-05 00:00

PINETOWN’S seven-wicket win against Railways in a Challenge League Stream One match on Sunday has seen the side top the standings for the time being.

UKZN, who have topped the league throughout the season, did not play at the weekend and thus have a game in hand, but Pinetown’s confidence won’t suffer any harm as they enjoy some time at the summit of proceedings.

Playing in Tongaat, Railways batted first and reached 167 all out. Navalesh Naidoo dug in for a solid 58 and Pinetown speedster Andrew Dyer looked tidy in claiming 3-25 in his 10-over spell.

Needing to score quickly to bag another bonus point and beat the weather, Pinetown reached 168-3 as the top order all enjoyed starts. Bruce Kruger, fresh from a century the previous week against Reservoir Hills, continued his solid form with 30 this time round. Grant Romeril led the charge with an undefeated 66 and Grant Olivier contributed 42 at the top of the order.

The win sees Pinetown on 37 points from nine games, with UKZN on 34 points from eight games. The two sides meet early next year in a clash that should decide the Challenge League Stream One champions for 2013/14.

Toti also consolidated their third-place spot on the table with a five-wicket win against Quins, moving up to 32 points.

There were also wins for Verulam and welcome relief for Hillary Malvern, who enjoyed a 25-run win against Dawn Heights, the win taking them off the bottom of the log.


Quins 169-8 (G. Wissing 39, C. Mill 3-13, B. van der Linde 3-38).

ACC 169-5 (J. Michaux 55, Warren Fry 37).

ACC won by five wickets.

Railways 167 (N. Naidoo 58, A. Dyer 3-25).

Pinetown 168-3 (G. Olivier 42, G. Romeril 66*, B. Kruger 32).

Pinetown won by seven wickets.

Umzinto 94.

Verulam 96-9 (M. Khan 3-11).

Verulam won by one wicket.

Hillary Malvern 114-9 (K. Bauerschmidt 33*, B. Ismail 4-19).

Dawn Heights 89 (N. Misra 30, C. Oosthuizen 4-8).

Hillary Malvern won by 25 runs.

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