Rovers no match for clin­i­cal Cru­saders

Toti, Clares and Chatsworth Sport­ing en­joy a good start to the Pre­mier League

Sunday Tribune - - SPORTS - THAHIR ASMAL

THE KZNCU Cas­tle Pre­mier League got un­der way last week­end.

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Cru­saders, who were pushed all the way to the sec­ond-last match of the sea­son by Chatsworth Sport­ing, made a clin­i­cal start against Berea Rovers. There were also big wins for Clares and Amanz­im­toti.

Newly pro­moted Toti bowled Pine­town out for just 102. Teagen Naidoo was the pick of the bowlers as he fin­ished with 3-10 from seven overs.

In re­sponse, Thys van Lin­gen picked up a five-wicket haul, but Naidoo then backed up his per­for­mance with the ball to score a match-win­ning 32.

Sport­ing, who are de­ter­mined to kick-on from their run­ners-up fin­ish last sea­son, beat African War­riors.

Tawanda Mawire scored a classy 41 but Yves Ka­manzi and Bran­don Mcmullen picked up three wick­ets apiece to re­duce War­riors to 117.

Skip­per Jesse Smit’s un­beaten 49 pro­pelled Sport­ing to a four-wicket vic­tory.

Else­where, Rovers could not have got their sea­son off to a worse start.

They were blown away by Ty­ron Koen and Kyle Buck­thor­per, who took seven wick­ets be­tween them, to reg­is­ter a lowly to­tal of 84. Ri­aan Min­nie (41*) set a solid foun­da­tion for Cru­saders’ bats­men as they romped to vic­tory with seven wick­ets to spare.

Mean­while, Clares beat Delta by 79 runs.

In the clos­est game of the week­end, King Cetshwayo edged out UKZN by three wick­ets. Bat­ting first, the univer­sity out­fit were bun­dled out for 145 with only Ja­son Krafft of­fer­ing the bowlers in any re­sis­tance. King Cetshwayo lost wick­ets at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals as they chased the pal­try tar­get, but in the end, Si­mon Sa­vides (34) guided them over the line with three wick­ets in hand.

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