Sporting dig deep to win

2013-09-26 00:00

IN a match that saw the pendulum swing both ways at various times, Pinetown Cricket Club succumbed by 40 runs to Chatsworth Sporting in their final warm-up clash before league cricket starts this weekend.

Pinetown had been due to meet fellow Super League contenders UKZN, but a late change saw them head to Chatsworth Oval to meet Sporting in a 40-over match.

After a delayed start due to a damp pitch, Pinetown took to the field, having won the toss and asked Sporting to have first strike.

A disciplined start from the seamers saw Sporting’s openers dig in and, despite slow scoring, they were determined to keep the Pinetown attack at bay.

Ruben Naicker got the initial breakthrough in the sixth over, sending Nash Govender (1) back to the hut. This wicket saw Pinetown enjoy a fruitful period with the ball as tricky batting conditions enabled the bowlers to get on top, slowing the scoring and getting wickets at regular intervals.

At 62-4 after 25 overs, Sporting were in trouble but there was still hope. Former SA U19 skipper Chad Bowes looked solid before Pinetown’s left arm orthodox spinner Barry Dyer (3-23) induced a mistake and sent him on his way for a patient 39.

This looked to have opened the door for Pinetown, but Sporting’s Sherwin Moodley threw caution to the wind and powered to an aggressive, undefeated 56 as Sporting finished on 158-8.

In reply, Pinetown struggled against the new ball, particularly former Dolphins bowler Saidi Mhlongo (2-21) and Viyash Gobind (1-11).

The early loss of Grant Olivier saw the Pinetown club struggling and although opener Kaashief Abdulla (21), Bruce Kruger (19) and Kyle Stirling (18) threatened to get them back on track, they were out at vital times. They all got starts but failed to progress to the big score needed to see their side home.

With the required run rate soaring and medium pacer Deepak Anand (3-20) getting significant movement through the air, Pinetown succumbed for 118, handing Sporting the 40-run win.

Despite the loss, Pinetown skipper Tim Spence was satisfied with his team’s efforts and looked forward to starting the club’s assault on the Challenge League this Sunday, meeting UKZN at Lahee Park from 9 am.

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