Ilembe gives Railways a run

2017-02-01 06:01
Photo: supplied The Ilembe team which triumphed over Railways.

Photo: supplied The Ilembe team which triumphed over Railways.

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ILEMBE Cricket Club took on Railways at Maidstone on Sunday.

Railways won the toss and decided to bat, but got off to a poor start after losing opener W. Naicker for 0 to S. Sadayan with the total on 1 in the first over. With the score on 15, Naicker's partner T. Pillay soon followed, caught by Y. Moosa, bowled by I. Mahomed for a brisk 13 in the fourth over.
Railways captain D. Mather (2), A. Sheik (1), both fell to Sadayan LBWs. Ilembe bowlers were at their miserly best, containing the middle order with maiden after maiden, as Railways struggled to form any worthwhile partnerships.The batsmen of note were K. Nohari (22) and V. Naidoo (20), as Railways were stunned at 78/10 in 32 overs.
Spinner R. Kazi 4/11 in 6 and Sadayan 3/17 in 10, struck regularly to restrict Railways to a minimum.

Needing a meager 1.53 runs to the over for victory, Ilembe openers A. Sarwar and I. Mahomed showed caution to their run chase posting 20 before Mahomed was caught to a sharp J. Hoosen delivery for a duck. Captain A. Nadasen was next to follow for 1, with the total on 44 in the 8th over.
On a tricky Maidstone pitch, Sarwar was in a hurry as he posted a quick 37 (four 4s,two 6s), before being bowled by Hoosen in the 9th.
Y. Ismail was next to fall for 10, with Ilembe 5 runs short of victory but Kazi (2) and Z. Ali (21) guided Ilembe home to 80/4 in 12.5 overs. Railways bowlers tried their best rattle Ilembe but could not find an answer to defend a low total. Hoosen stood out with figures of 2/18 after 6.5. Ilembe won comprehensively by 6 wickets

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