Manor off to a winning start in new year

2016-01-13 06:00
Saidi Mhlongo  Photo: supplied

Saidi Mhlongo Photo: supplied

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MANOR Cricket Club got off to a winning start in the new year after beating Morningside (on a superior run rate) in an Ilembe Cricket Union Twenty-20 League game played at the Country Club Ground on Saturday.

Manor lost the toss and were asked to make first use of the batting strip. They posted 121/9 in their allotted 20-overs. Saidi Mhlongo (27), Cameron Pillay (26), Aaron Pillay (20) and Comfort Shange (16) were the main contributors for Manor.

Former Manor stalwart Dillon Rautenbach was the pick of Morningside bowlers claiming 3/9 from 4 overs. Shane Harris (2/18 from 4 overs), Mohamed Mhlongo (2/28 from 4 overs) and Preshen Rampersad (2/24 from 4 overs) claimed two wickets each.

Chasing 122 runs for victory (at a rate of 6,1 runs per over) Morningside were on the back-foot (76/8 at the start of the 18th over) before bad light brought the game to an abrupt end. However, Manor boasting a superior run-rate at the end of the 17th over were adjudged winners.

Rautenbach (18) was the only Morningside batsman to offer any resistance. Alveiro Nadasen was outstanding with the ball claiming three scalps for four runs from four overs. He received good support from Cameron Pillay (2/12 from 2 overs) and Alex Pillay (3/13 from 3.3 overs).

Meanwhile, Nkobongo produced a huge upset in the Ilembe 50 Overs League after toppling the youthful Dawnheights outfit by 38-runs at the Country Club Ground on Sunday.

Nkobongo batted first and posted 201/10 in their allotted 50-overs. M. Zungu (64) and D. Mandla (31) top scored for Nkobongo. Keane Govender (3/31 from 10 overs), Prakash Ramcharan (3/31 from 9 overs) and Avish (3/21 from 8 overs) claimed three wickets each. The 29 runs in extras (wides and no balls) conceded by Dawnheights and the half a dozen dropped catches came back to haunt them when they fell 38-runs short of the target after being dismissed for 163 runs.

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