DAWNHEIGHTS Cricket Club walloped arch-rivals Manor by 79-runs in an Ilembe Cricket Union Twenty-20 League game played at the Country Club Ground on Saturday.
The defending champions came into the game hoping to retain their bragging rights for yet another season, but Desigan Pillay’s charges left the Country Club Ground licking their wounds after suffering their most humiliating defeat at the hands of a youthful Dawnheights outfit.
The decision by Manor to field first after winning the toss was vindicated after Tauqeer Malik (11) was caught at long on by Comfort Shange off the bowling of Iqbal Sher in the second over. But, the talented youthful duo of Adesh Bageloo and Saurav Singh didn’t let the early setback to distract them. They frustrated the Manor attack with a flurry of boundaries, taking the tally from 11/1 in the second over to 71/2 in the 10th over.
Bageloo clobbered 30 runs which included three fours and two huge sixes before being adjudged LBW to a Alveiro Nadasen delivery. Nadasen grabbed a quick double after clean bowling Arhad Singh for a duck.
Arun Kumar joined Saurav at the crease and this pair virtually doubled Manor’s tally (taking the score from 71/3 to 135/4). Man-of-the-match Saurav smashed a superb half-century (55) which included six 4’s and a mammoth 6 before being clean bowled by Sashen Sadayan.
Kumar notched up a well deserved 32 runs which included four 4’s and a huge 6 before being bowled by Nadasen. Dawnheights amassed 157/8 in their allotted 20-overs.
Chasing 158 runs for victory (at a rate of 7,9 runs per overs), Manor got off to a disastrous start after Nadasen was directly run out by Kumar for a duck in the 2nd delivery of the match. Manor’s woes compounded after Aaron Pillay (2) was superbly caught at first slip by Keane Govender off the bowling of Saurav in the 2nd over.
After the early setback, Desigan Pillay and Steven Jacobs steadied the Manor ship (taking the tally from 2/2 in the 2nd over to 38/2 in the 6th over) before Jacobs (12) was caught by Saurav off the bowling of Kumar in the 7th over.
Sher joined Pillay at the crease but his return to the dressing room was even faster after being caught by Suhail Singh off the bowling of Malik for 5 runs in the next over. With wickets crumbling like a stale apple-pie, Manor were reeling at 51/4 at the end of the 10th over and needed a further 107 runs from the remaining 10 overs (at a rate of almost 11 runs per over) in the hope of snatching victory from the jaws of death.
With Pillay (25) being clean bowled by Malik in the 12th over, the writing was on the wall for Manor outfit. They crumbled to 78 runs all out in the 19th over with their tail-enders merely going through the motion of the game.
Malik (2/8 from 4 overs), Keane Govender (2/10 from 3 overs), Saurav (2/16 from 4 overs) and Mikhalin Naicker (2/19 from 3 overs) claimed two wickets each. An ecstatic Dawnheights president-cum-manager, Rajiv “Tambuti” Singh heaped praise upon his youthful charges on their sterling performance.
Singh said: “We have always played second fiddle to the defending champions, Manor in the last two seasons, but annihilating our arch-rivals in such an emphatic fashion is cause for celebrations.”