Dawnheights, Manor humbled

2015-04-30 15:11
Oceanville Cricket Club trounced Dawnheights by eight wickets in the quarter-finals of the Warriors Sport-sponsored Ilembe Cricket Union Twenty-20 on Saturday.  Photo: 

Oceanville Cricket Club trounced Dawnheights by eight wickets in the quarter-finals of the Warriors Sport-sponsored Ilembe Cricket Union Twenty-20 on Saturday. Photo: supplied

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FORMER KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union Premier League outfit, Dawnheights Cricket Club, and domestic Twenty-20 champions, Manor Cricket Club, were humbled after suffering humiliating losses in the Warriors Sport-sponsored Ilembe Cricket Union Twenty-20 Knockout Cup played at the Gledhow Ground over the weekend.

Dawnheights slumped to a humiliating eight-wicket defeat at the hands of minnows Oceanville in the quarter-finals on Saturday and the high-riding Manor outfit were brought down to earth after going down by 14 runs to rookies Nkobongo in the semi-finals on Sunday.

Players and management of Dawnheights were aware of the fixture more than a fortnight ago and were requested to report to the Gledhow Ground an hour before the start time (2pm). But, Dawnheights coach Dhanraj Bageloo sent out the first distress signal at 1pm on Saturday using the social media networks.

His message was: “I am on the ground. The other team is already here warming up, there are no Dawnheights players yet”.

President-cum-manager Rajiv Tambuti Singh sent out yet another S.O.S. barely 20 minutes prior to kick-off which read: “Guys we are waiting for you. We are short of players”.

India’s Sagar Arora and Varun Pal, who made their debut for Dawnheights at the beginning of the 2014/2015 season, would have loved to play (having impressed throughout the season with bat and ball), but they returned to the shores of their motherland last month and could only read the distress signals miles across the ocean.

Dawnheights batted first and were bundled out for a paltry 66 runs in the 18th over. R. Hazaree (17) was the only Dawnheights batsman to record double digits. J. Govender (2/9 from 4 overs) and S. Sodayan (2/13 from 4 overs) claimed two wickets each.

Chasing 67 runs for victory, Oceanville raced to an emphatic eight-wicket victory with seven overs to spare. Akshay Juggernath top-scored with 21 runs which included a huge six. B. Kalligan (17), S. Govender (15 not out) and T. Deodat (10 not out) guided Oceanville into the semi-finals.

Manor arrived at the Gledhow Ground on Sunday in high spirits following their record 250-runs posted against Oceanville ‘B’ (in the Warriors Sport T20 quarter-final) a fortnight ago and expected to canter to victory against Nkobongo in the hope of notching up back-to-back victories in the Warriors Sport K.O. Cup.

Nkobongo batted first and posted 76/9 in their allotted 20-overs with Lucky Gebane (21) the only batsman to record double figures.

Aaron Pillay 2/14 from 3 overs and Cameron Pillay 2/21 from 3 overs shared two wickets each.

Cricket enthusiasts expected Manor to wallop their opponents in less than the allotted 20-overs after centuries scored by Alveiro Nadasen and Dillon Rautenbach at the same venue a fortnight ago.

The adage “cricket is a funny game” was confirmed yet again after Nadasen (5) and Rautenbach (9) were dismissed cheaply.

Manor pinned their hopes on Desigan Pillay and Mohamed Mhlongo to take them across the finish line.

But, after the demise of Pillay for just one run and Mhlongo for 9 runs, Manor’s hopes of reaching the final disappeared. They were bundled out for 62 runs in 15.4 overs with Zakarriya Cassimjee (10) the only batsman to reach double digits.

Innocent Khoza (3/16 from 4 overs) and Yusuf Banda (2/12 from 2 overs) were the pick of the Nkobongo bowlers

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