Spirited fightback

2018-04-11 06:00
The Crusaders Cricket team and Varsity Cricket Club locked horns over the weekend at Kingsmead Stadium with the   Crusaders coming out on top. PHOTO: supplied

The Crusaders Cricket team and Varsity Cricket Club locked horns over the weekend at Kingsmead Stadium with the Crusaders coming out on top. PHOTO: supplied

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THE Crusaders Cricket Club reigned supreme over the Varsity Cricket Club (Varsity) this weekend at Kingsmead Cricket Stadium after they bowled out Varsity for 108 runs inside of 50 overs.

The Maritzburg boys had begun steadily scoring 50-1 after 12 overs for Varsity with the batsmen at the crease seemingly in full control over the match.

This proved untrue though, as a massive middle order collapse saw nine wickets fall for a mere 58 runs leaving Varsity with a score of 108 all out at the end of their innings.

The Crusaders took to the crease to chase down the modest total set by Varsity and at lunch were 30-1 after playing eight overs, looking comfortable in their stride. After lunch, some tactical bowling from Mathew Luksich and Mbasa Gqadushe with the help of a brilliant catch from Nduduzo Mfoza aided Varsity in claiming five more of the Crusaders’ wickets for 70 odd runs.

However, the spirited fightback was short lived and just not enough on a day when Varsity set a low score to chase.

The Crusaders went on to reach Varsity’s score and will now represent the Dolphins Franchise at the Club Championships which will be played later this month in Pretoria.

Varsity has had a brilliant season within the Inland Region, winning four trophies, the prized one being the Premier League which led to the game at Kingsmead.

“Nothing may be taken away from the season that Varsity has had, definitely ensuring that the long-term goal is reached, this was just the beginning of what’s to come,” said coaching manager Yashveer Singh.

Singh added that everyone is welcome to join the club saying: “We encourage everyone, male, female, old and young, to join our club and be a part of the transformation.”


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