Ruthless Pinetown sink Malvern

2013-10-24 00:00

WITH rain in the air, Pinetown Cricket Club’s first team knew time was of the essence as they got stuck into Hillary Malvern in a Challenge League match at Lahee Park on Sunday.

Needing to win with a bonus point to maintain their challenge in the League, Pinetown were ruthless, dispatching the visitors for 104 and chasing the total down for the loss of two wickets, with the vital bonus point in the pocket.

Winning the toss, Pinetown asked Hillary Malvern to have first strike and they reaped rich rewards as Pinetown’s bowlers made good use of a pitch that had been under the covers due to rain earlier in the week.

The new ball pairing of Andrew Dyer (1-17) and Kyle Gilham (3-32) had the visitors on the back foot early in their innings.

Pinetown’s bowlers maintained their stranglehold, left-arm orthodox spinner Barry Dyer being super economical in his 10-over spell that yielded a miserly 12 runs with a wicket. Grant Romeril waded in with 3-6 from six overs and even skipper Tim Spence was in on the action, claiming the last wicket as Hillary Malvern wobbled over the 100-run mark.

Openers Romeril and Grant Olivier were at the wicket before lunch, Romeril getting the hosts off to a perfect start, the partnership stretching beyond the 40 mark, of which his partner contributed 13.

Romeril marched on, but fell short of a deserved half-century when a mid-pitch mix-up saw him cruelly run out.

At this stage, only two runs were needed to win and Kaashief Abdulla (25*) and Kyle Stirling (1*) were under no pressure in guiding Pinetown home for their third successive win, the only blotch to date being the opening round loss to UKZN.

Steady rain falling on Friday and Saturday played havoc with pitch preparation throughout Durban, resulting in all lower league matches called off. This meant no other Pinetown teams were in action.

This weekend, Pinetown travel to Amanzimtoti Cricket Club (ACC) on Sunday.

Other Challenge League Results

Simplex RHCSC v Quins

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ACC 193 all out (Justin Jones 34, Brian Vickery 64*, Navalesh Naidoo 4-34, Junaid Hoosen 3-28)

Railways 70-6 (Cameron Mill 3-18)

ACC won on better run rate

Verulam v Dawn Heights

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Umzinto v UKZN

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