Emo­tional Salem bring it home

Zim­mer­man’s 160 not out de­nies South­well in tense fi­nal

Talk of the Town - - Sport - LOUISE KNOWLES

SALEM are the new Ken­rich Pineap­ple Cricket Tour­na­ment cham­pi­ons af­ter beat­ing South­well in the fi­nal match at the Port Al­fred Coun­try Club last Satur­day.

On a hot, breezy morn­ing, the match started with South­well win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat first.

Among the match high­lights for South­well, James Stirk scored 92 runs and Dave Kruger 53.

Salem’s Leard King took six wick­ets for 36 runs, and by the end of their in­nings, South­well had scored 205 for seven.

In their in­nings, Salem bat­ted well with an out­stand­ing ef­fort by Nick Zim­mer­man. Salem scored an un­de­feated 160 in their in­nings of 207 runs for the loss of nine wick­ets, win­ning the match by one wicket.

South­well’s Adrian Reed took three wick­ets for 50 runs.

The win­ning team was ju­bi­lant, with

cap­tain Si­mon Amm, sum­ming it up: “Leard King with the tro­phy and Nick Zim­mer­man’s emo­tions af­ter his hun­dred says it all. It’s been a long time com­ing, 10 years in fact. We wanted to win it for the Kings [fam­ily] be­cause of much they have done for the Salem Club,” said Amm, re­fer­ring to the death of pop­u­lar lo­cal cricket player, Cuan King, last week.

The Kings are a well-known crick­et­ing fam­ily in Salem. Cuan, who died of cancer last Tues­day, was cap­tain of the Salem team 10 years ago when Salem last won the Pineap­ple Cricket Tour­na­ment.

Leard took a few days off to be with his fam­ily, but con­tin­ued to play be­cause that is what his fa­ther would have wanted.

“That was why Leard ac­cepted the tro­phy on be­half of the Salem team,” said Amm. We are just ex­tremely grate­ful ev­ery­thing fell into place and that we could play great cricket with great mates against great op­po­nents.”

At the fi­nal prize-giv­ing, pres­i­dent of the Pineap­ple Cricket Tour­na­ment, Wal­ter Biggs, an­nounced the win­ner and for­mer pres­i­dent, Barry Pur­don handed the tour­na­ment tro­phy to Leard King.

Other prizes went to top per­form­ers Chris van der Meulen for the high­est score (121) and most wicket-keeper vic­tims, Zakes Si­manga for the most sixes (13) and the most runs in bound­aries (202), James Stirk for the high­est bat­ting av­er­age in sec­tion A (61.6) Peter Grad­well for most wick­ets in the tour­na­ment (13) and best per­for­mance player in his first tour­na­ment, Ati Kota for most wick­ets in A sec­tion (17), Cliff Sav­age for best wicket-keeper, Tay­lor Ntukela – most promis­ing crick­eter, JC Pit­t­away – best fielder, Fred Rub­bidge – best slow bowler, Buster Brether­ton – best all-rounder, An­drew Mar­shall – most de­serv­ing crick­eter over-40, Rod Weeks – most de­serv­ing crick­eter over 55, Ni­cholas Zim­mer­manm for best sin­gle per­for­mance in fi­nal, Wal­ter Biggs for per­son do­ing most for cricket, and Barry Smith for um­pir­ing ser­vices. Biggs thanked the spon­sors, in­clud­ing Ken­rich Mo­tors and the other main spon­sor, Cricket SA.

“This tour­na­ment is not pos­si­ble with­out money. It costs us in the vicin­ity of R225 000 to run the tour­na­ment, and we could not do it with­out our spon­sors,” he said.

Biggs also thanked Clive Pear­son for the use of the Port Al­fred High School fields and the Ski-boat Club for pro­vid­ing meals.

Other spon­sors are Rus­sell and Co, Depart­ment of Sport and Re­cre­ation Eastern Cape, Trac­tor World, Raider Agen­cies, Nova Feeds, Dis­tel, Ver­bac, Pick­nPay, BUCO, Prov­i­dent An­i­mal Health, Har­courts, Inso Alu­minium, I Hire, De Jager Law­don, Over­berg, Rose­hill and Ne­mato Spar, SA Brew­eries, Coca-Cola, East­cape Pools, Creta Plumb­ing, Fron­tier Bon­s­maras, Mooi­fontein Quar­ries, Multi-Se­cu­rity ACS360, Sky Alarms and Seren­ity Day Spa.

Sev­eral of the for­mer Pineap­ple Cricket tour­na­ment pres­i­dents at­tended the event in­clud­ing Barry Pur­don who handed out the prizes, Ross Pur­don, Rex Amm, Colin Stirk and Justin Stirk.

FIND­ING A GAP: A South­well bats­man hits the ball to leg as Salem field­ers and wicket-keeper look on in the fi­nal match of the Pineap­ple Cricket Tour­na­ment at the Coun­try Club on Satur­day


BEST SIN­GLE PER­FOR­MANCE: Salem’s Ni­cholas Zim­mer­man, right, re­ceives the tro­phy for his per­for­mance – scor­ing an un­de­feated 160 – in the fi­nal, from Barry Pur­don at the Pineap­ple Cricket Tour­na­ment prize-giv­ing on Satur­day night

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