Winning start for Pinetown Cricket Club

2013-09-12 00:00

PINETOWN Cricket Club’s 1st side warmed up for their coming season in the Challenge League with a 32-run win against Railways in a 40-over match in Tongaat on Sunday.

Winning the toss and having first strike at Maidstone on a well-used, deteriorating deck, Pinetown managed 201 all out in 37 overs.

Most of the batsmen, although a little rusty, managed to get starts, with opening batsmen Grant Olivier (18) and newcomer Grant Romeril (16) getting the side off to a brisk start. The experienced Bruce Kruger (38) and Tim Spence (30) later shared the most significant partnership of Pinetown’s innings as they adapted to the varying pace and bounce of the pitch.

However, a drinks break gave Railways their break as Kruger’s off stump was uprooted just two balls after resumption.

Railways claimed another two quick wickets before hard-hitting Andrew Dyer arrived in the middle and proceeded to knock the Railways attack to all parts of the ground as he reached a rapid 50. Once he had departed, another mini collapse saw Pine­town fall somewhat short of the anticipated 230 runs mark.

Railways got off to a brisk start as Pinetown’s quicks battled to get something out the track. The introduction of left-arm orthodox spinner Barry Dyer put the skids on the batsmen as he made the breakthrough and curbed the run rate.

A further two quick wickets had Pine­town in control and with Romeril getting a scalp with his first ball in Pinetown colours, the job was done.

Despite Shalden Sewshanker (50) and Naeem Khan (36) trying to keep Railways in the hunt, the hosts were all out for 169, giving Pinetown the confidence they need ahead of this Sunday’s friendly 40-over clash against Simplex Reservoir Hills at Pine­town Boys’ High School.

Practice for senior players continues at Pinetown CC on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4.30 pm with juniors on Friday at 4.30 pm. Contact Barry Dyer on 082 364 2923.

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