Two from two for EP Ru­ral

Grocott's Mail - - SPORT - By CH­ES­LEY DANIELS

Left-hand star bats­man Bran­don Han­d­ley scored 105 runs for EP Ru­ral in a con­vinc­ing 75-run win over Boland West at Shaw Park on Satur­day. This was EP Ru­ral’s sec­ond con­sec­u­tive win in the Cricket South Africa Ru­ral Com­pe­ti­tion.

Ru­ral won the toss and de­cided to bat on a bat­ting friendly pitch; scor­ing 275/9 in their al­lot­ted 50 overs and put the Boland bowlers un­der pres­sure through­out their in­nings.

The home side got off to a slow start, but their cap­tain and SA Ru­ral player Han­d­ley, came to the res­cue and played a good cap­tain's in­nings. His knock of 105 came from only 104 balls, in­clud­ing 11 4s and three 6s. He was well sup­ported by the in form Grant Stone 54 and Kevin Ben­net 32. Sipho Dapu 4/39, Dar­ren Smith 2/54 and Ger­hard Brink 2/42, were the best bowlers for the Boland side.

Boland West had a slow start to their run chase due to the dis­ci­plined and ac­cu­rate bowl­ing from EP. Han­d­ley 2/7, Tayler Ntukela 2/33, Greg Evans 2/45 and Cameron Braans 1/22, were the wicket tak­ers for the EP side with Boland only man­ag­ing 200 all out.

EP will face Border Aloes in their next CSA fix­ture in Heald­town on 4 Novem­ber.

Photo: Sup­plied

Rhodes stu­dent Na­talie MacLarty with her brother Graeme, left and fa­ther Bruce.

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